So, what cities and towns in Illinois have recovered the most from the recent economic recession? Sorry, Rockford ranked near the bottom.

Wallethub analyzed 505 cities in the United States and across the country to find out which cities have recovered the most from economic recent recession. Some did better than others.

Ratings are based on these factors:

  • Inflow of college-educated workers
  • Share of households receiving public assistance
  • Home ownership rate
  • Employment & Earning Opportunities
  • Economic environment

Here is the Illinois list, from Best to Worst

1. Champaign

2. Chicago

3. Arlington heights

4. Schaumburg

5. Evanston

6. Joliet

7. Naperville

8. Peoria

9. Bloomington

10. Palatine

11. Elgin

12. Springfield

13. Waukegan

14. Decatur

15 Cicero

16. Skokie

17. Aurora

18. Rockford (#445 out of 505 nationwide)

19. Bolingbrook

Overall the state that has recovered the best from the economic downturn was Texas who had five cities make the national Top 5. The number one city was Midland, TX.

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