The state of Illinois has a lot of opportunities for people to put down roots and raise a family . The Prairie State boasts the fifth-largest state economy by GDP, paired with its rising but still affordable housing, and a number of high ranked school systems. But which city in Illinois is the best? WalletHub staffer Richie Bernardo can tell you from his research. 

Bernardo compares 162 cities in the state across 21 key indicators of ideal family conditions, ranging from playgrounds per capita to median family salary adjusted for cost of living, affordable housing to violent-crime rate, and poverty rate to divorce rate. 

The 10 best cities for family lives in Illinois are: Morton, Deerfield, Washington, Libertyville, O'Fallon, Hinsdale, Cary, Lake in the Hills, Frankfort, and Naperville. 

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