More than 140,000 people choose to reside in Naperville, IL, for its beauty, safety, and economic security. Considered a suburb of Chicago, Naperville is the fifth-largest city in Illinois. Education is valued highly in this community, with the on-site and satellite campuses of eight colleges and universities located within the town limits. There is also a vibrant and active culture in Naperville, as it is home to three nationally ranked public libraries as well as the Naperville Independent Film Festival.
Naperville was settled in the early 1800s, and it remained a fairly small town until there was a large growth in population from the 1960s to the 1980s after the construction of the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway and the arrival of popular employers such as Bell Labs, BP, and Alcatel-Lucent. Because of this, there are many medium-sized homes available in Naperville that were built from the 1960s to the 1990s. Many of these older dwellings have been tastefully updated in order to appeal to more modern and contemporary buyers. Alongside the more established homes are also quite a few newly built residences that contain more square footage and amenities, such as high-end appliances, larger bathrooms, and custom finishes.
Naperville was voted the second-best place to live by Money magazine in 2006, and was chosen as the best city for early retirement by Kiplinger in 2013. Naperville has carried that fame well into the future with its wide range of affordable living options and the economic and employment opportunities that are available in the area. Many well-known businesses have chosen to make their base in Naperville, such as Kraft Foods, Dukane Precast, Tellabs, Nelco, and ConAgra’s Grocery. The OfficeMax corporate headquarters are also located in Naperville. Many Naperville residents are also employed by Edward Hospital, the Indian Prairie School District, and the City of Naperville, who are among the largest employers in the area.