Illinois March 19, 2017
Here Are The 10 Fastest-Growing Towns in Illinois And Why
Homesnacks.com combed through the data from the American Community Survey to see what Illinois cities (with populations over 5,000) grew the most from 2010 to 2014. The results were surprising; it’s great to see some of Illinois’ small towns experiencing growth spurts. Read on for the fastest-growing towns in Illinois!
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10. Minooka (Grundy, Kendall, and Will Counties)
Kicking off the top ten is this outer suburb of Chicago. Minooka grew by nearly 18% from 2010 to 2014, which is impressive! Locals love stopping in at Cookie's Restaurant and Lounge and enjoying the outdoors at Lions Park.
Cookie's Restaurant & Lounge: 103 W Mondamin Street, Minooka
Lions Park: 8875 McEvilly Road, Minooka
9. Huntley (Kane and McHenry Counties)
This is the largest city to make the list, growing by over 18% in recent years. Huntley is a golfer's paradise, with two golf courses within city limits, so it's understandable why people want to live there.
8. Hampshire (Kane County)
Kane County made this list not one, but four times! Hampshire has experienced some impressive growth in recent years, 19% to be exact. All you need to do is drive down Main Street to see why this town is so charming.
7. Yorkville (Kendall County)
Yorkville's population went from 15,065 in 2010 to 17,980 in 2014. Who wouldn't want to live in a town that has one of the best waterparks in the state?
Raging Waves Waterpark: 4000 N. Bridge Street, Yorkville
6. Plano (Kendall County)
Aurora is the largest city in Illinois outside of Chicago, and it seems some of its residents seeking a more peaceful pace are flocking to its next door neighbor, Plano. The town grew by about 20% over the last few years.
5. Savoy (Champaign County)
This little town isn't letting nearby Champaign-Urbana steal its thunder. 22% over four years is a pretty impressive growth rate! When your town builds an IMAX theatre, keeps the parks beautiful, and boasts a unique brewery, people will come!
4. Gilberts (Kane County)
The outskirts of the Chicago suburbs are seeing some action in recent years. Gilberts grew by nearly 24% from 2010 to 2014.
3. Pingree Grove (Kane County)
Right next door to Gilberts is Pingree Grove. This town's population has risen by nearly 34% in recent years, and it's easy to see why! Residents can enjoy the Rutland Forest Preserve to the north and the Pingree Grove Forest Preserve to the south.
Rutland Forest Preserve: 41W230 Big Timber Road, Hampshire
Pingree Grove Forest Preserve: 14N187 US-20, Hampshire
2. Hillsboro (Montgomery County)
The county seat of Montgomery County has been growing like crazy! The population of the small town jumped from 5,382 in 2010 to 8,371 in 2014. Between hitting the links at Hillsboro Golf Course and enjoying the water at Lake Hillsboro, there is plenty to do there.
Hillsboro Golf Course: 705 City Lake Road, Hillsboro
Lake Hillsboro: Enter near the Sherwood Forest Campground at 920 City Lake Road in Hillsboro.
1. Sumner (Lawrence County)
This little town experienced the biggest growth in Ilinois over the last few years; the population grew by 180% in just four years! Locals love the nearby Red Hills State Park, and you'll always find a friendly face at Coffee Shack.
Red Hills State Park: 3571 Ranger Lane, Sumner
Coffee Shack: 101 S. Christy Avenue, Sumner
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