Illinois

Illinois

Best affordable suburb: Itasca
Nearest major city: Chicago
Population: 8,638
Median household income: $88,282
Median home price: $321,250
Unemployment rate: 3.8%
Violent crime index: 7

Itasca, a northwestern suburb of Chicago, has historic homes, natural lakes, and golf courses. About 37% of residents are married with children. The average commute is 23 minutes.