Best Places To Live 2013

46. Buffalo Grove, IL

Buffalo Grove, IL Village of Buffalo Grove

Top 50 rank: 46

Population: 41,761

This bedroom community about 35 miles northwest of Chicago doesn’t have a traditional downtown. But what it offers instead is ample green space, with 800 acres of forest and parkland, 50 miles of trails, and two municipal golf courses.

The village enjoys economic stability and a wide range of employment options nearby — Siemens Industry’s U.S. headquarters are in Buffalo Grove, while major employers such as Kraft Foods and CVS corporate are a short drive away via I-94. –H.L.

Buffalo Grove, IL

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $105,230
Job growth % (2010-2012) 3.74%
Median home price (2012) $199,000
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 18.6%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 14.6%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 10


Median family income (per year) $105,230
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $96,453
Sales tax 9.00%
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 5.00%
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 5.00%
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,471
Job growth % (2010-2012) 3.74%


Median home price (2012) $199,000
Average property taxes (2011) $5,236


Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 74
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 18.6%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 14.6%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 92.0/8.0

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 86.7%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 10
Median commute time (in minutes) 26.0
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 19.4%
% population walk or bike to work 1.8%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 42
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 3,500
Bars (within 15 miles) 280
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 332
Libraries (within 15 miles) 60
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 18
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.7


Annual rainfall (inches) 36.27
% clear days in the area 52%
High temp in July ° F 83.2°
Low temp in Jan ° F 13.7°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 42.2
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 76.7%
Married % 63.1%
Divorced % 6.1%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 75.8

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