Downers Grove has been named one of America's Friendliest Towns by Forbes magazine. According to Forbes, the rankings were based on four points: the percentage of owner-occupied homes, the crime rate, charitable giving, and the percentage of college graduates. There were 500 communities reviewed for the listing and Downers Grove ranked wihin the top-ten of the final 15 selected.
Great community events, Downtown Downers Grove, and the expansive system of parks and green space were also mentioned as key community attributes.
"Many in the community remark upon the importance of our efforts to keep Downers Grove a great place to live, learn, work, and play. The honor of being recognized as one of the nation's "friendliest towns" demonstrates that those efforts not only are essential but have been very successful. It is also a tribute to our exceptionally knowledgeable, passionate, and engaged volunteer residents and public servants, without whom achieving such a distinction would not be possible. I suspect that Pierce Downer would be quite proud," stated Mayor Tully.
More details are available here http://tinyurl.com/DGIsFriendlyTown