Elmhurst: Voted One of the Top Family Friendly Cities in America
A suburban surprise. Family Circle Magazine picked this little Illinois town as one the Ten Best Places for Families 2014.
declared an absolute choice destination for families by Family Circle Magazine. Named one of the top ten cities for the progression of marriage, mortgage and munchkins, Elmhurst, known as the "treeless" land in 1842, doesn't strike as sexy a pose as Chicago's downtown, River North or bohemian Wicker Park. It has a quiet reserve, but hidden under that Midwestern modesty are a few ah-ha statistics.
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Family Circle's methodology was pretty straightforward. Working with New York research group Onboard Informatics, it crunched data from 4,200 cities with populations between 10,000 and 150,000 and targeting households with median incomes from $50,000 to $100,000. The livability litmus test? Home prices, schools (always high on the list) green space (this one is becoming more in demand) and low crime (of course). Elmhurst ranked in the top ten from a pool of 1,400 and was described as having "a pedestrian-friendly downtown and opportunities for volunteering" and as "a dream destination for families." The list includes Westfield, Ind., Camas, Wash., and Woodbury, Minn.
But we think the York Theatre's $1 buck summer movies tipped the score.