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43. Bolingbrook, IL
Bolingbrook
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Top 100 rank: 43
Population: 71,000
Compare Bolingbrook to Top 10 Best Places
Even with a diverse population of more than 70,000 people, Bolingbrook refers to itself as a village. This Chicago suburb doesn't take itself too seriously, and that's reflected in the many recreational opportunities it bestows on its residents.

From a fishing lake on the grounds of the Town Center Complex to a "Theater on a Hill" repertoire that puts on three stage performances a year, there's something for everyone.

Major retailers such as IKEA and Macy's have moved in; Bolingbrook's largest employer is Quantum Foods, a global food distribution company. Still, most residents must commute to Chicago to find work. --J.S.

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Bolingbrook stats
  City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$96,792 $90,957
Job growth %
(2000-2009)*
21.25% 15.71%
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Median home price $155,000 $239,391
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Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
11.4% 22.9%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
12.9% 22.9%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 13 2
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 233 24
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
4,068 2,967
High temp in July ° F 84.5° 86.2°
Low temp in Jan ° F 13.8° 21.3°
Median age 29.8 35.3
Financial City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$96,792 $90,957
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$105,784 $86,860
State sales tax 6.25% 5.45%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
N.A. 7.35%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
3.00% 2.96%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)
$1,441 $1,707
Job growth %
(2000-2009)*
21.25% 15.71%
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Housing
Median home price $155,000 $239,391
Average property taxes
(2008)
$6,912 $3,418
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Education
Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
52 25
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
11.4% 22.9%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
12.9% 22.9%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
97.1/2.9 87.8/12.2
Quality of life
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
94.0% 77.8%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 13 2
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 233 24
Median commute time (in minutes) 29.4 21.4
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
27.0% 13.6%
% population walk or bike to work 1.6% 3.6%
Leisure and culture
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
29 31
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
4,068 2,967
Bars
(within 15 miles)
321 207
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
315 162
Libraries
(within 15 miles)
88 72
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
15 10
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) 13 12
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.7 1.5
Weather
Annual rainfall
(inches)
37.55 37.40
% clear days in the area 23 29
High temp in July ° F 84.5° 86.2°
Low temp in Jan ° F 13.8° 21.3°
Median age 29.8 35.3
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
66.0% 71.5%
Married % 59.9% 56.6%
Divorced % 7.5% 8.4%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
216.7 94.9
From the August 2010 issue
Notes: *County data
(3) Crime incidences are estimates based on FBI 2008 Universal Crime and incidence reports, OnBoard analysis.
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Ranking
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Population
8.4M
46,000
Home Prices
2009 median sales prices
$1.2M
$36K
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