Downers Grove has been named one of the Top 10 Best Cities for Kids by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America's small and mid-sized cities.
For this list of cities, editors first identified cities with high concentrations of school-age children, then took a look at how their schools stacked up and analyzed factors like childhood mortality rates, health insurance coverage, crime rates and the percentage of restaurants that feature kids' menus. Also taken into account were the number of parks, playgrounds, libraries and recreational venues geared specifically for children, as well as the availability of great options for parents.
Downers Grove was chosen for its highly rated schools and less than a quarter of the national average crime rate. The village's 600 acres of parks and green space, more than 140 festivals and community events, and renovated downtown provide an abundance of activities for kids. The community's focus on creating a healthy, family-friendly environment makes it the perfect place for families.