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.

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