Niche’s top 10 best places to retire in Illinois

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Dec 31, 2015

If you’re getting close to retirement, you might be considering moving somewhere new, within Illinois, right?! If you’re on the move, Niche has got your back with its list of the top towns to retire to in Illinois.

Niche compiled its lineup by looking at a bunch of factors that might interest retirees, like how many people of their age live nearby, how many new retirees moved in during the past year, housing costs, property taxes, crime rates, weather and access to things like restaurants, golf courses and doctors.

Overall, Niche analyzed more than 4,200 towns and ranked more than 1,600. And none of the bigger Illinois communities hit the top 10.

Below is a map showing where the top ten best places to retire in Illinois are located. You also can scroll down below the map for a text version of the list and some further description of how the list was compiled.

10) Carlinville, IL

Macoupin County

9) Benton, IL

Franklin County

8) Fairfield, IL

Wayne County

7) Du Quoin, IL

Perry County

6) Flora, IL

Clay County

5) Jerseyville, IL

Jersey County

4) Metropolis, IL

Massac County

3) Olney, IL

Richland County

2) Eureka, IL

Woodford County

1) Marion, IL

Williamson County

Here’s how Niche determined its rankings:

The Best Towns to Retire ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of key factors that are important for the recent or soon-to-be retirees at the town level. This grade takes into account key retiree-centered factors, such as weather, crime rates, a similar age population, housing costs, and access to things such as restaurants, golf courses, exercise facilities, and doctors, in an attempt to holistically measure how good an area is for retirement.

Towns Assessed by This Ranking

At the time of analysis, our database contained records for 4,280 towns. Of the towns that met the required qualifications, we were able to grade 4,278 and rank 1,684.

For more details about how Niche computes its rankings and classifies areas, click here.


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