Rated ‘Swell’, just between “Good and “OMG”; Lake County Il.

Just between “Good and “OMG” is Lake County–rated “Swell”..  An interesting article on suburban ratings. Niche.com reviewed 11,000 suburbs throughout the country to determine “Where’s a good place to live”. Some Lake County suburbs certainly made the grade.its swell

All Things Considered, Lake County is ‘pretty darn swell’

article by David Rutter June 23, 2015, Lake County News-Sun    Original full article: here

The task has fallen to us to track the quality of life in Lake County, and based strictly on rigorous scientific standards, it’s pretty darn swell.

“Swell” is a the grade right between “good” and “OMG.”
I notified the person sitting nearest us at breakfast that my home village of Lake Villa was ranked No. 79 among the 100 best suburbs of Chicago. This information comes from “life data gatherer” http://www.Niche.com, which was founded by demographic whiz kids at Carnegie Mellon University 13 years ago to help us figure out where to live and where to go to school.

If your company transfers your desk job to Mogadishu, this data will prove that’s not a good move for your family.

As for Lake Villa, the person sitting next to me at breakfast did not think much of niche.com’s lofty ranking.

“Nothing much ever happens here,” she said.

“Yes,” I countered. “That’s true, but that also means there are no drive-by shootings.”

Plus, I noted that faith leaders and community activists never show up on Saturday morning to lead protest marches against social injustice.

Niche.com has very precise statistical slices of human habitation. It defines “suburb” as “a place located within a Census-defined urbanized area, but outside the principal city with a population of at least 1,000.”

In general, the perfect suburb would get 100 percent on a scale of 10 items from things to do, ease of commutes, quality of schools, community involvement, health, jobs, low crime, good jobs and weather.

Lake Villa’s eight square miles absorb plenty of weather, but we would not rate it as a plus unless Siberia is your frame of reference.
As the numbers reflect, not only do Lake Villa and its 8,800 residents make the “swell” cut, but so do 18 other suburbs in Lake County. The top-rated county suburb is Bannockburn at No. 6.

I did notice an unexplained quirk on the list. Though Highland Park (9), Deerfield (10) , Libertyville (25), Hawthorn Woods (40) and almost every suburb with the name Barrington involved achieved notice, Lake Forest did not. I’d guess millionaires pay to stay off lists.

Although there’s a smattering of entries from Kane and DuPage counties, there’s only three from Will County with Frankfort (64) , New Lenox (72) and Bolingbrook (81).

Niche.com dissects more than 11,000 suburbs. In case you wondered, most of the top 10 ring New York City. It’s all money.

On the other hand, someone in the audience is just now clearing his throat to announce that Lake County is lousy because of high property taxes. That’s a downer that statistics also verify.

As Forbes Magazine and its companion Internet researchers attest, Lake County homeowners pay a median property tax of $6,089. That means there are as many that pay more than will pay less.
Comparatively, only 16 of the 3,143 counties in the entire country pay a higher property tax, and all of them are in New York or New Jersey.

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Original article by David Rutter June 23, 2015, Lake County News-Sun

Original Article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/lifestyles/ct-lns-rutter-lake-county-st-0624-20150623-story.html