Our next-door neighbor Villa Park is getting some national recognition! Money Magazine recently released its ranking of the top 100 communities in the country, and Villa Park came in at number 28.

The magazine looked for spots that offered “a healthy economy, affordable homes, and a high quality of life.”

Villa Park was cited for its low unemployment, incomes that are among the highest in the state, and low housing prices.

Locals enjoy Sugar Creek Golf Course, a nine-hole golf course, along with running, cycling, and biking on a beautiful stretch of the Prairie Path. There are also numerous neighborhood shops and restaurants.

The town currently has 22,000 residents and boasts a diverse ethnic population. The magazine examined eight categories and evaluated 2,400 cities and towns with populations between 10,000 and 100,000. Criteria included cost of living, economy, education, housing, crime, amenities, and ease of living.

Villa Park was incorporated in 1914 and was famous for its Ovaltine chocolate factory.

Other Illinois towns that made the top 100 include Schaumburg (9th), Wheaton (27th) and Des Plaines (35th).

Fishers, Indiana was ranked the top city, followed by Allen, Texas; Monterey Park, California, Franklin, Tennessee; Olive Branch, Mississippi, Dickinson, North Dakota; Lone Tree, Colorado; and North Arlington, New Jersey.

Congratulations to Villa Park! For more information about life in Villa Park or in Elmhurst, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com