Best Places to Raise a Family in Lake County

Explore Lake County’s best places to raise a family in 2023, ranked by Niche.

Choosing a place to raise a family can impact the way a child grows up and sees the world.

Niche, a website offering rankings and statistics on towns, schools and colleges, also publishes a ranking of the best places to raise a family. See the rankings below to find out how towns in Lake County stack up. 

These statistics were calculated based on public schools, crime rates, cost of living, and family-friendly amenities. Data for these categories come from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC and other data sources. You can find the full methodology here.

Here are the top 10 best places to raise a family in Lake County on the list:

1. Long Grove

  • Average home value: $664,000
  • Population: 8,258

This suburb of Chicago scores an “A+” in both the “public schools” and “good for families” categories from Niche. Long Grove’s parks and festivals are a huge draw for families.

2. Kildeer

  • Average home value: $639,900
  • Population: 4,093’

Kildeer’s rural feel provides residents a tranquil place to raise a family. Schools are top rated; Lake Zurich High School and Adlai E. Stevenson High School are the two choices for high schools. 

3. Tower Lakes

  • Average home value: $465,800
  • Population: 1,340

This picturesque town offers families highly rated schools, safe neighborhoods and tons of outdoor activities

4. Lincolnshire

  • Average home value: $569,600
  • Population: 7,905

This suburb of Chicago scores an “A+” in both the “public schools” and “good for families” categories from Niche. Lincolnshire has an urban feel and most residents own their homes. 

5. Bannockburn

  • Average home value: $987,500
  • Population: 1,315

The village of Bannockburn is nestled in the North Shore region. Families enjoy excellent schools, good parks and safe communities. The Friedman house by Frank Lloyd Wright is also located here.

6. North Barrington

  • Average home value: $637,600
  • Population: 2,814

North Barrington scores an “A+” in both the “public schools” and “good for families” categories from Niche. The civic centered community has many shopping, restaurant and cafe options. 

7. Buffalo Grove

  • Average home value: $341,400
  • Population: 43,062

Exciting festivals, shopping districts, activity centers and more are located in Buffalo Grove, a town with one of the highest rated school districts in the country.

8. Riverwoods

  • Average home value: $705,700
  • Population: 3,742

Picturesque nature conservations, botanic gardens and waterfront walks make Riverwoods an excellent choice for a family looking to spend time outdoors. 

9. Vernon Hills

  • Average home value: $338,000
  • Population: 26,723

Living in Vernon Hills offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. Excellent parks and schools make it a good choice for any family. 

10. Hawthorn Woods

  • Average home value: $560,900
  • Population: 8,959

Rich in natural beauty, Hawthorn Woods boasts attractive parks, nature centers and lakes. Schools are highly rated as well.


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Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn is a freelance journalist and copy editor. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s journalism school and of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Amanda is a lover of translated contemporary fiction, wines from Jura and her dog, Lottie.

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