The city was chosen for its safety, affordability, and economic stability.
WHEATON, IL — Time’s Money magazine recently released its annual list of the best places to live in the United States and Wheaton topped the list for Illinois. This year’s top towns were chosen from cities throughout the U.S. with populations of at least 50,000, based on such factors as safety, affordability, and economic stability.
The magazine praised Wheaton for being founded by abolitionists and then went on to commend the city’s unique attractions, including The Little Popcorn Store, which is built in a former alley and dates back to the 1920s.
Wheaton also got a nod for Cosley Zoo, which Time recommended as an alternative to Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.
In addition to its amenities, Wheaton was also recognized for its strong economy. According to the study, the media price of a home in Wheaton was $469,000 in 2018 and the average household income was $95, 148.
Traditionally, Time ranks the best places to live in the U.S., but changed this year’s list to ensure one place from each state gained recognition. In 2017, Wheaton was joined by Villa Park and Schaumburg on Time’s list of Best Places to Live in the U.S.