Best Places for Families to Live in Will County

Explore Will 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 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 Will 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 Will County on the list


  • Average home value: $330,600
  • Population: 44,296

Plainfield’s appeal to young families is undeniable with its access to stellar schools, safe communities and many recreation options.


  • Average home value: $389,500
  • Population: 20,040

Beautiful neighborhoods are the highlight in Frankfort. Families also enjoy A+ schools and many parks and restaurants.


  • Average home value: $242,600
  • Population: 73,807

Many companies have headquarters in Bolingbrook, so access to good jobs is a plus in this town. Great schools for kids, too.


  • Average home value: $324,000
  • Population: 19,897

Parents with jobs that require commuting find this southwest suburb of Chicago to be a great option to raise a family.


  • Average home value: $256,400
  • Population: 26,070

Situated along the Illinois and Michigan Canal, Lockport was the headquarters of the canal while it was operating. Downtown Lockport is picturesque and offers families great school options.

Homer Glen

  • Average home value: $349,900
  • Population: 24,664

Homer Glen is perfect for families that enjoy outdoor activities. The village has many parks and athletic clubs.

New Lenox

  • Average home value: $316,200
  • Population: 26,942

A large nearby hospital is convenient for a growing family. The village is also home to a golf course, performing arts space and more.


  • Average home value: $258,600
  • Population: 9,366

The suburb of Manhattan offers residents a mixed suburban and rural feel as well as excellent public schools and very safe neighborhoods.


  • Average home value: $273,100
  • Population: 17,947

Shorewood has a sparse suburban feel and the vast majority of people own their homes. Families enjoy great public schools and good options for outdoor activities.

Frankfort Square

  • Average home value: $273,100
  • Population: 9,214

The parks and recreation programs developed and maintained in this community are some of the best in the country.

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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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