Naperville : Illinois

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What it's Like to Retire in Naperville

Naperville is an affluent suburb that is west of Chicago.  The population is over 140,000 so it is a small city in its own right that is the headquarters of several large corporations including Nicor.  Money Magazine voted it a best place to live in 2006. Several colleges have satellite campuses in town. Photo of Riverwalk Quarry and Moser Tower courtesy of Wikipedia and John D. Buell.
 

Where to Retire in Naperville and Home Prices

There are active communities in the area.  The median home value was $392,800 in late 2018, according to Zillow.
 

What is special about Naperville

Like many midwestern towns that have great pride of place, Naperville supports its public institutions. The Naperville Public Library has been ranked number one in the United States several years running.
 

What is not special about Naperville

Cold, snowy winters and high property taxes
 

Who will like retirement in Naperville

Retirees will find a lot to do in Naperville with art and cultural venues, restaurants and shops. There is a hospital and many medical facilities, a great award-winning library with several branches within the city, many parks, volunteer opportunities, and trains to Chicago for a day trip. There is an active Senior Center and Naperville has also established a Senior Task Force which was established to help address the unique needs of Naperville’s growing senior population.
 

Local economy is driven by

Naperville is within the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor and is home to many corporations which contributed to is population explosion during the 1980's and 90's. Today the the top employers are Edwards Hospital and the energy company, Nicor.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

Located close to Chicago, you know winters will be cold. January's average temperature is 24 degrees and July's average is 73 degrees. Naperville gets about 30 inches of snow annually.
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are many restaurants in Naperville including pizza shops, wineries and upscale dining. with many getting great reviews from TripAdisor.com. The cultural scene here is alive and well with the Center Stage Theater, BrightSide Theatre, Naperville Community Concert Center, and North Central College Fine and Performing Arts. Naperville also has several sites on the National Register of Historic Places, many parks, and the River Walk, considered the "crown jewel" of Naperville, which is a 1.75 trail along the West Branch of the DuPage River and features brick paths, fountains, bridges, artwork, and recreational opportunities.
 

Crime

The crime rate in Naperville is very low.
 

Medical facilities

Edward Hospital is located here along with other medical facilities, and nearby Chicago offers health services of all kinds.
 

Transportation

There is bus service here along with train stops for easy access to Chicago. International airports are in Chicago, about 25 miles away.
 

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