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Frankfort Named One of Chicago's Best Suburbs

What makes Frankfort tops in the 'burbs? Chicago Magazine has a few things to say about that.

Frankfort is one of Chicago's best suburbs to call home.

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 Factors

Crime 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.

Education
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.

Other Factors
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. 

Check out what Chicago Magazine loved about Frankfort. Do you agree?

Buck Masterson March 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Sorry, but just because Frankfort is in the State of Illinois does not mean it's a "suburb" of Chicago. That is NOT a complement in any way!
kc March 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM
I think they're referring to the 60423 area, which IS a suburb of Chicago. Not the 62896 area code, which is not.
kc March 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM
Correction: 62896 zip code
Granny Gruntz March 21, 2014 at 07:20 PM
Granny Gruntz March 21, 2014 at 07:10 PM *The pictures shown in the Chicago magazine are in "Old Frankfort" with the "Grainery" being an historical landmark. Zip Code 60423 is Frankfort, IL, at the intersection of US Rt. #30-Lincoln Hwy. and US Rt. 45-LaGrange Road. *And is a southwest suburb of Chicago, IL. **Zip code 62896 is West Frankfort, IL. * Take US Rt. #57 south. to Rt. 149 & Rt. 37 east. *WEST Frankfort, IL is approx. 281.09 miles and approx. 4-hrs. & 25 min. south of Frankfort, IL 60423. *West Frankfort, IL is near Carbondale, IL, at the southern end of Illinois. **Hope this clarifies that the article referenced in the Chicago Magazine is Frankfort, IL 60423 and NOT West Frankfort, IL 62896

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