of Skokie has been named as one of America’s top 100 best places to live by
Livibility.com, a website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of
America’s small and mid-sized cities. As
a result of the Village’s great educational opportunities, wonderful diversity
and high community/civic involvement, Skokie was the only Illinois municipality
to rank on the list.
“This national recognition of Skokie as a great place to live, work and play is very gratifying,” stated Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen. “Those of us who live in Skokie have known this for years. Skokie residents, our businesses, park district, library, community organizations and schools all contribute to making Skokie such a unique community and special place to live.”
To score and rank cities, Livibility.com used eight quality of life measures that residents value most –economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care. According to Matt Carmichael, Livability.com editor, "Great cities are more than just a check list of bars, coffee shops and museums. Our goal was to collect the best data available, from the best sources and the best partners to gauge the true measures of livability. Access was important, but so were utilization and affordability. By using data from the public sector, the private sector and non-profits focused on these issues, we have compiled an Index that celebrates America's great cities and towns."
In its description of Skokie, Livability.com characterized Skokie as a smaller city, with lots of homeowners, married couples and families. Skokie was listed as a ‘green’ community, with mild summers and close proximity to a major airport, colleges/universities and major sports teams. For more information on the Top 100 Best Places to Live index, visit www.livability.com.
Ann E. Tennes
Director of Marketing and Communications