Naperville | An Award Winning Community
Recognized nationally and internationally as one of the top communities in which to settle down, raise a family and retire, Naperville has made headlines for its outstanding quality of life. Our picturesque, quaint city combines the values and charm of small-town life with the vibrancy and boldness of a modern, thriving economic powerhouse in the Chicago area.
Come see why this is the place for everyone to Live, Work and Explore.
In Naperville, community counts. From newborns to those living in their happy golden years, Naperville is where families can set down their roots for generations to come.
In the first three months of 2018 alone, it was named the best city to live in Illinois on 24/7 Wall Street’s list of Best Cities to Live in Every State as well as the Best City to Raise a Family in America by Niche. Naperville was also named the third best place to visit in 2018 by Livability.
Naperville has also been named to Money magazine’s prestigious “Best Places to Live” list seven times since 2004, ranking No. 10 on the 2016 list, and was named the best place for early retirement by Kiplinger in 2013. In 2017, Naperville made Livability.com’s Top 100 Best Places to Live list and came in No. 2 in Niche.com’s Best Cities to Live In rankings. It was also rated the safest city in America in 2017 by Niche.com as well as Homes.com.
Naperville was named the sixth safest city in late 2016 by SmartAsset.com and was also rated the third most successful city in the United States based on high median income and low poverty levels by Zippia.com, a career resource website. Also in 2017, the National Council for Home Safety and Security named Naperville number 14 on its list of the Top 100 Best Cities to Raise Kids in the U.S.
Our residents enjoy internationally accredited Police and Fire Departments that provide unparalleled levels of public safety. Our law enforcement’s dedication to addressing traffic safety concerns was recognized when our Traffic Safety Initiatives were ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. As a recognized National Weather Service – Storm Ready Community, we are prepared for severe weather when seconds count and safety matters.
In addition to being a safe community, Naperville enjoys a strong volunteer spirit that has helped develop some of the most notable community projects, including the Riverwalk. Every year, Naperville is home to a number of President’s Volunteer Service Award winners. In November 2017, the Naperville City Council awarded 26 individuals the President’s Volunteer Service Award totaling 5307 volunteer hours worked in CY2016!
In Naperville, the City aims not just to serve the community, but serve it well. Part of serving the community includes stewardship over the natural resources that drew town founder Joseph Naper to this area almost 200 years ago.
In November 2016, the City was one of 25 public and private organizations honored with the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award for its citywide environmental sustainability efforts. Praised sustainability practices included successful and ongoing completion of all 49 goals in the City’s 2010 Sustainability Plan and specific projects including the Water Leak Detection Survey, the new Household Hazardous Waste Facility that opened in early 2015, the Recycling Cart Program, the Emerald Ash Borer treatment program and the City’s plans to construct a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station.
In 2008, Naperville’s nationally accredited Public Works Department received the U.S Green Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for its new Public Works Service Center and commitment to producing a source efficient building that is better for our environment and better for our community.
Economic development and a successful business community are cornerstones of Naperville. Home to top-ranked businesses and organizations, Naperville has been awarded the Well Workplace Award by Well City USA and has been named in the “Top Earning Towns” listing by Money Magazine two times in the last four years.
Continuous efforts for openness, accountability and honesty within the community are of high importance. In June 2016, Naperville was selected as the first city in Illinois to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Work Cities initiative – one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. This exciting new partnership will allow the City to continue its focus on innovation, efficiency and openness to our community.
In 2013, the City of Naperville and the Naperville Park District were both awarded with the Illinois Policy Institute Award for Transparency. In addition, the City of Naperville has maintained a financial rating of “Aaa” issued by Moody’s Investors Service and an AAA rating from Standard & Poor’s for 21 years while the Naperville Park District has maintained a financial rating of “Aaa” issued by Moody’s Investors Service for 8 years. These ratings are reflective of both organization’s strong financial standings.
Many of the community’s organizations are recognized for being “best in their field.” First received in 2011, Naperville’s acclaimed Park District received accreditation status through the National Recreation and Park Association and is currently undergoing the reaccreditation process again. And in 2016, the DuPage Children’s Museum received Honorable Mention in the Education category for Vision Design Awards and also was honored with the Naperville Education Foundation’s Celebrating Inspiration Award.
City officials, businesses and residents are dedicated to preserving Naperville’s vibrant history while planning for a bright and responsible future that includes visitors enjoying all that Naperville has to offer.
In 2011, the American Planning Association, Illinois Chapter recognized Naperville’s innovative and state-of-the-art planning methods and practices to create a community of lasting value when they awarded Naperville’s Historic Preservation Initiative with the Best Practice Award.
Our community’s pride in education and community involvement through the use of flowers, plants, trees and other environmental enhancements has not gone unnoticed. Naperville is the proud recipient of the America in Bloom Award for Tidiness and has been an Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA Certified Community for 23 years.
According to Zero Population Growth, Naperville has been named among the top five “kid-friendliest” cities in the nation since 1997. In 2014, the DuPage Children’s Museum was rated the Reader’s Choice Best Museum by Suburban Life. In 2015, Gov. Bruce Rauner proclaimed September 19, 2015, as DuPage Children’s Museum Day in Illinois. In 2016, the museum received a Citation of Merit for the Pyramid Bench from the AIA Chicago Small Project Awards.
No stranger to accolades, the Naperville Public Library has been named the No. 1 Public Library in the U.S. in 100,000 – 250,000 population category for the last 10 years and is a beacon of pride to the entire community.
We invite everyone to explore all that Naperville has to offer. We hope you love it just as much as we do!
View a listing of the many awards and distinctions that the City of Naperville and some of its intergovernmental partners have received over the years.
At Home in Naperville...
You don’t just live in a City. You live in a community of diverse neighborhoods that result in an unmatched quality of life.
Home. It’s the place where you enjoy all that life has to offer while making memories with those you love. In Downtown Naperville, you don’t just live in a City. You live in a community of diverse neighborhoods that result in an unmatched quality of life. The kind that share the simple joys of holidays, celebrations, successes, and maybe even a summer barbecue or two. As a City, we strive to provide our residents with the services, initiatives and support to help them live and retire in a place they can proudly call home.
Naperville is named 2018 Best City to Raise a Family in America
Naperville | Best City to Raise a Family in America
Area Feel- Based on the population density of the area, Suburban.
Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.
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The 2018 Best Places to Raise a Family ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of key factors that are meaningful for families. This grade takes into account key factors, such as the quality of local schools, safety, affordability, and access to family amenities, in an attempt to measure the appeal of an area for families. Learn where our data comes from.
|Public Schools Grade||Based on the average Niche K-12 Overall Grade for every public school serving the area, where each school is weighted by the number of students it serves.||Niche||20.0%|
|Higher Education Rate||Percentage of residents who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher.||U.S. Census||12.5%|
|Cost of Living Grade||Based on the consumer price index and access to affordable housing.||Niche||10.0%|
|Crime & Safety Grade||Based on violent and property crime rates.||Niche||10.0%|
|Housing Grade||Based on home values, property taxes, housing costs, local schools, and more.||Niche||10.0%|
|Family Amenities Grade||Based on access to parks, libraries, cultural activities, and family-oriented amenities.||Niche||7.5%|
|Composite Overall Score||Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of the place.||Self-reported by Niche users||5.0%|
|Diversity Grade||Based on ethnic, generational, and economic diversity.||Niche||5.0%|
|Outdoor Activities Grade||Based on weather, air quality, and access to parks and other recreational opportunities.||Niche||5.0%|
|Percent of Households with Children||Percentage of households with children under 18 years old.||U.S. Census||5.0%|
|Walkability Grade||Based on the proportion of residents that walk or bike, as well as the proximity of amenities and the density of development.||Niche||5.0%|
|Children Below Poverty||Percentage of the population under age 18 with income in the past 12 months below the poverty level by age group.||U.S. Census||2.5%|
|Residents 17 Years Old and Under||Percentage of residents between the ages of 0 and 17.||U.S. Census||2.5%|