The city-ranking team, including their mascot, Mo the owl, at Movoto Real Estate’s blog (“The lighter side of real estate”) ranked the top 10 best cities in Illinois based on a variety of criteria. They ranked the 50 top municipalities in the state from 1 to 50 (1 being the best) in six categories: amenities, cost of living, crime, education, employment and home value. The cities are assigned a “Big Deal” score and ranked from one to 10. The state’s biggest city, Chicago, did not make the top 10 list. Nor, for that matter, did any downstate cities.

Other factors, such as median income and tax burden, were not factored in, but may play an important role in quality of living. Movoto also ranked the top 10 most affordable places in Illinois, and none of the cities on the “best” list appeared on the most affordable list.

Northbrook, Ill. came in at number one on the list. The blog said:

You know what else sounds good about Northbrook? Their education system. Northbrook came in first here, 15 percent higher than the rest of Illinois when it comes to high school graduation rates. But that shouldn’t be a surprise, really, with the quintessential Glenbrook North High School—one of the main places used to film the teen classic, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. In fact, director John Hughes even attended Glenbrook North himself.

And about number 10, Mount Prospect, Ill., Movoto said the city is 49 percent safer than the rest of the state and that the residents’ income is about 17 percent higher than other Illinoisans.

Movoto has also ranked the 10 nerdiest cities in America, the 10 most exciting suburbs in America (Evanston is number 10!) and a plethora of “novelty real estate” articles.

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