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Where Do Cities in Illinois Rank New List of ‘Best Places to Live?’ Not Very High

U.S. News and World Report has chosen the best places to live in the U.S., and a city in Wisconsin beat out all others, but three cities in Illinois also cracked the list.

The list, which ranks and analyzes the “most populous 150 metro areas,” says the cities that nabbed the top spots must have a “good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life.”

Coming in at No. 1 on this year’s list: Green Bay, Wisc.

However, no other Midwest towns landed in the top 10. Iconic college towns Madison, Wisc., and Ann Arbor, Mich. did land in the top 15, earning the 11th and 14th spots respectively.

Grand Rapids, Iowa landed at No. 19, while Grand Rapids, Mich; Knoxville, Tenn., and Fort Wayne, Ind. landed at numbers 20, 21 and 33.

Illinois, however, didn’t make an appearance until three-quarters of the way through.

According to the list, Peoria in Central Illinois, ranked in the No. 70 spot.

According to the report, Peoria ranked on the list due to its affordability and “family-friendly subdivisions,” as well as its revamped entertainment districts where “foodies, congregate, live music flourishes and loft apartments multiply.”

Chicago ranked lower on the list, at No. 123. “Your experience living in Chicago will depend on your ZIP code,” the report states, adding that “as the weather begins to border on unbearably cold, Chicago residents lose their patience.”

Rockford, Illinois landed at No. 133.

Below is a full look at the Top 10:

  • 1. Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • 2. Huntsville, Alabama
  • 3. Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina
  • 4. Boulder, Colorado
  • 5. Sarasota, Florida
  • 6. Naples, Florida
  • 7. Portland, Maine
  • 8. Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 9. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 10. Fayetteville, Arkansas

A look at the full U.S. News & World Report rankings can be found here.