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2 Chicagoland school districts among 10 most valuable in U.S.

by Peter Thomas Ricci

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Two of Chicagoland’s school districts carry the highest housing premiums in the nation, according to a realtor.com analysis.

In the Kenilworth Sd 38 and Winnetka Sd 36 school districts, the median list price is far above the median for Cook County. For Kenilworth, the median price of $1.612 million is 606 percent over Cook County’s $266,000, while in Winnetka, the median price of $1.385 million carries a 521 percent premium; among all the nation’s school districts, those two were the fifth and ninth most exclusive, relative to their counties.

One other Chicagoland district placed in the top 20 – Glencoe Sd 35 School District, where the $1.15 million median price was 432 percent above the county.

Our chart below collects the nation’s top 20 districts, and you click on the tabs to see the top districts across Chicagoland.

School District County Median List Price (District) Median List Price (County) List Price Premium (vs County)
Beverly Hills Unified School District Los Angeles, CA $3,785,000 $550,000 688%
Southampton Union Free School District Suffolk, NY $3,150,000 $458,000 688%
Bridgehampton Union Free School District Suffolk, NY $2,999,000 $458,000 655%
Highland Park Isd School District Dallas, TX $1,750,000 $277,000 632%
Kenilworth Sd 38 School District Cook, IL $1,612,000 $266,000 606%
Indian Hill Exempted Village School District Hamilton, OH $930,000 $155,000 600%
Amagansett Union Free School District Suffolk, NY $2,498,000 $458,000 545%
Rye City School District Westchester, NY $2,495,000 $475,000 525%
Winnetka Sd 36 School District Cook, IL $1,385,000 $266,000 521%
Manhattan Beach Unified School District Los Angeles, CA $2,863,000 $550,000 520%
Scarsdale Union Free School District Westchester, NY $2,450,000 $475,000 516%
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School District San Diego, CA $3,395,000 $690,000 492%
Saddle River School District Bergen, NJ $2,910,000 $609,000 478%
San Marino Unified School District Los Angeles, CA $2,580,000 $550,000 469%
Mariemont City School District Hamilton, OH $725,000 $155,000 468%
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Los Angeles, CA $2,450,000 $550,000 445%
Glencoe Sd 35 School District Cook, IL $1,150,000 $266,000 432%
East Hampton Union Free School District Suffolk, NY $1,975,000 $458,000 431%
Charlotte School District Lee, FL $1,200,000 $279,000 430%
Collier School District Lee, FL $1,198,000 $279,000 429%
School District County Median List Price (District) Median List Price (County) List Price Premium (vs County)
Kenilworth Sd 38 School District Cook, IL $1,612,000 $266,000 606%
Winnetka Sd 36 School District Cook, IL $1,385,000 $266,000 521%
Glencoe Sd 35 School District Cook, IL $1,150,000 $266,000 432%
Lake Forest Sd 67 School District Lake, IL $1,275,000 $325,000 392%
New Trier Twp Hsd 203 School District Cook, IL $985,000 $266,000 370%
Butler Sd 53 School District DuPage, IL $1,200,000 $350,000 343%
Sunset Ridge Sd 29 School District Cook, IL $875,000 $266,000 329%
Hinsdale Ccsd 181 School District DuPage, IL $1,099,000 $350,000 314%
Lake Forest Chsd 115 School District Lake, IL $995,000 $325,000 306%
Wilmette Sd 39 School District Cook, IL $780,000 $266,000 293%
Western Springs Sd 101 School District Cook, IL $712,000 $266,000 268%
Glenview Ccsd 34 School District Cook, IL $649,000 $266,000 244%
River Forest Sd 90 School District Cook, IL $649,000 $266,000 244%
Lake Bluff Esd 65 School District Lake, IL $737,000 $325,000 227%
Northfield Twp Hsd 225 School District Cook, IL $598,000 $266,000 225%
Northbrook Esd 27 School District Cook, IL $585,000 $266,000 220%
North Shore Sd 112 School District Lake, IL $699,000 $325,000 215%
Twp Hsd 113 School District Lake, IL $699,000 $325,000 215%
Hinsdale Twp Hsd 86 School District DuPage, IL $727,000 $350,000 208%
Northbrook Sd 28 School District Cook, IL $549,000 $266,000 206%

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