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Village of Mount Propect
Nearest city: Chicago
Median household income: $82,504
Mount Prospect, a suburb 25 miles northwest of Chicago, was not only the best place to raise your kids in Illinois, it topped our list nationally. It has low crime, great schools, and homes for a wide range of incomes. Children have access to ball fields, hiking trails, skating rinks, indoor swimming pools, recreational centers, stores, restaurants, and multiplex movie theaters.
Click here to see the 2010 version of the Best Places to Raise Your Kids