There are 102 counties in Illinois, and Elmhurst’s own DuPage county has been ranked among the healthiest in the state. The ranking comes from a national study released recently from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. DuPage County ranked higher than the state average in all categories but one – the percentage of restaurants that are fast food-based. The state average is 50% for this category, and our average came out at 54%.

According to an RWJF press release, the study is intended to examine “25 factors that influence health, including rates of childhood poverty, rates of smoking, obesity levels, teen birth rates, access to physicians and dentists, rates of high school graduation and college attendance, access to healthy foods, levels of physical activity, and percentages of children living in single parent households.”

The study found that DuPage County has the lowest rate of premature death, the best health behaviors, and the best clinical care in the state. Other factors, however, such as morbidity rankings (25th of 102) and physical environment (64th of 102) brought the county’s overall score down to sixth place. On a positive note, DuPage finished ahead of all of its neighboring counties – Kendall (7th), Kane (12th), Will (25th), and Cook (78th).

As well as being a healthy place to live, DuPage County offers its residents some of the best real estate professionals, too. Coldwell Banker Elmhurst released its list of top sellers for February, and The Gracik Makinney Group was the highest producer with seven transactions totaling $4.1 million. Our parent organization, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, is part of the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company, NRT LLC, and serves Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana, Southeast Wisconsin, and Southwest Michigan with 54 offices housing more than 3,400 sales associates.

All of us here at The Gracik Makinney Group are proud to call Elmhurst home, and we’d be happy to help make it your home, too. With personal dedication, community knowledge, and a wealth of industry experience, we’re ready to do our best to help you realize your real estate goals. Drop by the office today at 190 North York Road here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570, and let’s get started.