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8. Downers Grove, IL

Population: 48,163

Located about 25 miles outside of Chicago, this Midwestern suburb peddles more than 140 community events and festivals. About 80% of residents own their own homes and the population is highly educated. In addition to a boutique and restaurant-filled downtown, this suburb has about 600 acres of parks and green space. On Saturdays during the summer, neighbors partake in a farmers' market and auto enthusiasts gather on Friday nights for an informal classic car show.

(Forbes Photo)

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