Yeah, Naperville is totally awesome!

If by awesome, you mean the pinnacle of suburban. But, you know, it’s for kids!

This whole Money Magazine roundup of reasons to be jealous of rich people includes more than just the 10 best cities to live in. While Naperville may have cracked the top 10 in that category, other Illinois cities walked away with the Miss Congeniality award.

Least Polluted Cities
1. Barrington
4. La Grange
6. Grayslake

Lowest Commute Time
3. Bloomington (I would hope so, they all work at State Farm)
4. Champaign

Most Golf Courses (Illinois makes a clean sweep of the category – weird)
1. Chicago
2. Schaumburg
3. Bloomingdale
4. Roselle
5. Hanover Park
6. Elmhurst
7. Carol Stream
8. Arlington Heights
9. Bartlett
10. Glen Ellyn

Biggest Earners
10. Lake Forest

Congratulations, suburbs of Illinois. You are not that bad. Not the most awesome overall, but not bad. Here is your sash.

3 Comments so far

  1. Owen (unregistered) on July 12th, 2005 @ 11:20 pm

    Regarding Bloomington, IL:

    Holy Hyperbole! If by “all work at State Farm” you mean, “not everyone,” I suppose you’re right. It does only take me 13 minutes on my bicycle to get to my Not State Farm Job.

    And I’d like to think my little bicycle slows the State Farmers down a little bit. Or at least that’s probably what that finger means whey the drive by me.

  2. Bill V (unregistered) on July 13th, 2005 @ 10:02 am

    I mean really, the suburbs pretty much suck. If you like walks around the block and watching tv, it might work for you. I’ll never understand it.

  3. Jason S. (unregistered) on July 14th, 2005 @ 6:24 pm

    Embarrassing confession: I grew up in Naperville.

    It’s nice if you like bland. And Ribfest.

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