The village's charming combination of "appealing frontier-town vibe (complete with covered sidewalks)," its own distinct children’s museum, and the Old Plank Road Trail make it a standout in Will County, Chicago Magazine wrote.
The writers delved into statistics from Midwest Real Estate Data, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the police departments of Chicago and Illinois for every town in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties and every community area in Chicago for which the city collects statistics.
The FactorsCrime Rate
For a community to be considered, it must have a crime rate lower than than 7.0 offenses per 1,000 inhabitants last year. And the violent crime rate must not exceed the county average. Frankfort's Crime Rate: .7 per 1,000 residents.
The community must have a public school with students who score above average on standardized tests. It should also not have a student body that is 92 percent of residents are of any one race.
The writers weighed ease of transportation (admittedly one of Frankfort's weak spots), median home sale prices (Frankfort's is $313,000), and vibrancy. One of Frankfort's strong points has been its growth—a population that has nearly doubled in 20 years—and its home prices holding steady despite a previous crash in the housing market.