12 Chicagoland communities make 100 richest places in America list

by Claire Brennan

Of the top 100 richest places to live in America, 12 are in Illinois — with three suburbs of Chicago new to the ranks. The list, compiled by Bloomberg, takes into account data from the 2016 U.S. Census to determine the wealthiest spots for Americans.

While last year’s Bloomberg analysis required a minimum annual income of around $190,000 to live comfortably in an area on the list, this year’s analysis estimates a required salary of about $200,000.

Winnetka, in Cook County, was the highest-ranked Chicago suburb, coming in at No. 13 on the list. The average Winnetka household income in 2016 was $313,173 — up $1,271 (0.4 percent) from $311,902 in 2015.

Closing out the list in the No. 100 spot was Highland Park in Lake County. The average household income in Highland Park in 2016 was $198,423 — an increase of $8,584 (4.5 percent) from $189,839 in 2015.

Other ranking Illinois towns are as follows:

  • No. 15: Glencoe (Cook County), with an average household income of $306,923 in 2016, down $1,702 (0.6 percent) from $308,625 in 2015.
  • No. 30: Hinsdale (Cook County), where the average 2016 household income was $264,672, a $18,813 (7.7 percent) increase from 2015’s $245,859.
  • No. 33: Lake Forest (Lake County), with a 2016 average household income of $263,347, up $7,145 (2.8 percent) from $256,202 in 2015.
  • No. 41: Inverness (Cook County), with an average 2016 household income of $251,585, down $72 from $251,657 in 2015.
  • No. 56: Oak Brook (Cook County), where the average household income in 2016 was $230,504, an increase of $8,366 (3.8 percent) from $222,138 in 2015.
  • No. 60: Long Grove (Lake County), where the 2016 average household income was $227,221, a decrease of $1,891 (0.8 percent) from $229,112 in 2015.
  • No. 80: Hawthorn Woods (Lake County), with an average household income of $211,583, a $8,391 (4.1 percent) increase from $203,192 in 2015.
  • No. 82: Wilmette (Cook County), where the average household income increased $11,056 (5.6 percent) from $196,315 in 2015 to $207,371 in 2016.
  • No. 92: Burr Ridge (Cook County), which saw an average household income increase of $14,993 (8 percent) from $186,388 in 2015 to $201,381 in 2016.
  • No. 97: Clarendon Hills (DuPage County), where the average household income in 2016 was $199,325, up $26,235 (15.2 percent) from $173,090 in 2015.