If you were going to move to one place and one place only in 2022, all while staying in Illinois, this would be the spot.

Personally, I have no plans to move this year. I love my home and my town so while I don't plan on packing up, if you're in the market for a fresh start you should really consider this town.

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Here's why:

I stumbled upon a great website for finding what rules when living in Illinois. It's called AreaVibes.

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The website goes through a few different metrics to deliver something they call a  "livability" score.

Area Vibes uses real estate, cost of living, crime rates, and rental prices to come up with a number.

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BEST PLACE TO LIVE IN ILLINOIS

That said, there might be no better place to live in Illinois than Leland Grove.

At first, I was like, what is Leland Grove, and where in the heck is Leland Grove?

After a quick Google search, I found this tiny slice of heaven is just west of Illinois' state capital, Springfield.

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It's the kind of place where everyone knows your name because this tiny town's population is less than 1,500.

Leland Grove scored a 99 out of 100 on the livability score index on Area Vibes.

CRIME RATE AND REAL ESTATE IN LELAND GROVE

  • Crime rates are 97% lower in Leland Grove, but real estate is 16% higher than the Illinois average.

HOME RENTALS AND COST OF LIVING IN LELAND GROVE

  • Rental prices and cost of living are also 6% higher in Leland Grove than in the rest of The Land of Lincoln.

That's the trade-off though, right? The better the place to live, you'll generally spend more to live there and when it comes to Leland Grove, shelling out a bit more on goods and services seems to be worth every penny.

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