Plainfield Makes List of Best Places to Own a Home in Illinois

Find out what other towns made the list.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Home ownership: It's part of the American dream.

And according a study by NerdWallet, if you're going to buy a house in Illinois, Plainfield is one of the best places to do it.

The village was No. 2 on NerdWallet's list of "Best Places for Home Ownership in Illinois," ranking behind Huntley and just ahead of Oswego.

According to the rankings, NerdWallet looked at three main questions:
  • Are homes available?
  • Can you afford to live there?
  • Is the area growing?
NerdWallet looked at 121 places in Illinois, and towns were scored based on homeownership rate, selected monthly owner costs, median household income and population change from 2010-12. Plainfield's overall score was 90.3.

According to NerdWallet:

"Will County’s oldest community, Plainfield has a unique mix of historic buildings and new construction housing quaint shops and restaurants in its central business district. Three of its local sites even appear on the National Register of Historic Places. Agriculture and industry are also part of Plainfield’s landscape, giving it a rural feel with suburban convenience. It’s also a village with a commitment to the environment: the “Green Village” Program incorporates various plans and ordinances to ensure that new development and day-to-day activities remain sensitive to the environment. It also sits at the top of our list for median monthly household income at $9,303."

Other cities ranking in the top 10 best places to buy homes in Illinois include Romeville, Lockport and Tinley Park.

Click here to view the full rankings.

Do you agree with the rankings?

joe February 21, 2014 at 08:08 AM
OK, I give up. Where did they come up with the median monthly income of $9,303? I guess mom and dad both work, and the kids paper route was included too.
itsmeray February 21, 2014 at 08:29 AM
They must not read all the articles on the Patch about the Park District. As soon as a our daughter is off to college we're outta here.
Joki2 February 21, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Plainfield is boring however very affordable. Quaint shops and Restaurants in downtown Plainfield???? Everything in downtown Plainfield stinks.
Rich Knudsen February 21, 2014 at 09:03 AM
If I made 9,303 a month I wouldn't be living in Plainfield.
Gina Machala February 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM
As soon as I saw Romeoville was on the list, it negated the entire study for me.
Ericus Alanas February 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Its actually kind of off. in 2011 with a median income of 115k it should be 9500 a month.
joe February 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Somehow I think the study group "NerdWallet" was created by the local Real Estate Agencies.
Randy Wayne February 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM
We have a really great park district too! Oh, wait...
Dan B February 21, 2014 at 12:45 PM
They forgot to mention the professional Tic-Tac Toe players we have on our board.
Ericus Alanas February 21, 2014 at 03:11 PM
What about our amazing corrupted athletics programs!
Vicky Polito February 21, 2014 at 08:46 PM
We are very happy here. Work to be done, challenges to be faced, but that's everywhere. It's just the details that vary. And, I feel very optimistic about the chances what's good and right prevailing, and sooner than later, too!
The Sofa King February 21, 2014 at 09:13 PM
Then there are families like mine who make about 1/2 that monthly average income.
Think About It February 22, 2014 at 12:53 AM
Frank February 22, 2014 at 09:45 AM
It strikes me as odd that ten out of ten of these "best places" is in suburban Chicago. Are there no great neighborhoods around Springfield? Bloomington? Kankakee? Everyone in the state lives in a crahphole except for those in close proximity to Chicago? If I let my mind wander just a tad, I get the picture that the article is a hoax, or at the very least, severely mistitled.
oldschool February 22, 2014 at 08:51 PM
50 years here. Great town. A lot of this ranking is based on how affordable the houses are. I don't know if that's good or bad?


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