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Forsyth ranks sixth best place to live in Illinois

Thursday, December 25, 2014

According to a story dated Dec. 11 that appeared on Reboot Illinois, a website based in Chicago, Forsyth ranks among the top 25 best communities in the state to call home.

The list is actually not Reboot’s, but was produced by another website called, AreaVibes. Reboot’s headline was: “The 25 Best Illinois Cities to Live In.”

Forsyth made the list at a very respectable No. 6, scoring grades of A and above in a number of categories, including: cost of living, crime, education and employment.

Take it for what you will, but the rankings are a little hard to follow on some level when considering all the communities that ranked between No. 6 and No. 10 on the list received the identical overall livability score of 85 out of a maximum of 100.

Add to that the fact that there are several discrepancies between the two lists when going back and forth between both sites. For instance, Reboot has the top spot going to Leland Grove, which is in the heart of Springfield. But, when you check that against the original list from AreaVibes, Winnetka, a North Shore Chicago suburb, takes the No. 1 ranking. Either way, Forsyth does rank sixth consistently on both lists.

AreaVibes heralds itself as designed to help find the best places to live in any part of the country. It describes its livability score as “a unique algorithm based on various metrics” that include the previously mentioned categories and a few more. Other categories that are considered for the overall score include amenities, housing and weather.

Depending on which list you look at, Edwardsville, Morton and Highland rounded out the downstate communities in the top 25 on the Reboot side, while AreaVibes added Rochester to the mix of best places to live in the state. The rest of the top scorers on the list were suburban communities in the Chicago area.

The city of Chicago, by the way, did not crack the top 100, with a livability score of 71.

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