Best Place to Raise Kids in Illinois: Morton Grove
Nearby city: Chicago Population: 23,464 Median family income: $83,601 Avg. school math score: 93.25 (State avg.: 86.19) Avg. school reading score: 88.83 (State avg.: 79.96)
The No. 3 best place to raise your kids in the U.S. Morton Grove, a suburb about 15 miles from Chicago, is part of a park district that comprises 14 parks totaling more than 70 acres, two outdoor pools, a museum, four field houses, a 50,000-square-foot community center, and an outdoor ice rink, according to Morton Grove Park District. The village is home to several high-performing schools, including Hynes Elementary School, Park View Elementary School, Golf Middle School, and Melzer School, according to greatschools.org.