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Tinley Park Makes List of Best Places to Own a Home in Illinois

Find out what other towns made the list.

Home ownership: It's part of the American dream.

And according a study by NerdWallet, if you're going to buy a house in Illinois, Tinley Park is one of the best places to do it.

The village was No. 10 on NerdWallet's list of "Best Places for Home Ownership in Illinois," ranking behind others such as Lake in the Hills, Lockport, Algonquin, Bartlett, and Plainfield (to name a few).

According to the rankings, NerdWallet looked at three main questions:
  • Are homes available?
  • Can you afford to live there?
  • Is the area growing?
NerdWallet looked at 121 places in Illinois, and towns were scored based on homeownership rate, selected monthly owner costs, median household income and population change from 2010-12. Tinley Park's overall score was 73.5.

According to NerdWallet:

Just a 35-minute drive from downtown Chicago, Tinley Park is also surrounded by thousands of acres of forest preserves, making it both beautiful and convenient. It also boasts a diverse business environment including office, corporate headquarters, health care, manufacturing, distribution, education, government, entertainment, commercial retail and hospitality industries. It is recognized as a major destination for diners, and the median selected monthly homeowner costs are at a low $1,893.

Click here to view the full rankings.

Do you agree with the rankings?

TP Resident February 20, 2014 at 07:47 PM
How the heck did Romeoville beat Tinley? No way I would live there. Looks set up to me.
Larry February 21, 2014 at 07:20 AM
Move out of State, away from CORUPT POLITICAL 30+ CAREER LEADERS.
Pat C. February 21, 2014 at 09:38 AM
Corrupt government aside, Tinley Park is great if you can afford the taxes. We have lived in Tinley for almost 30 years, but we will be unable to retire here due to the high taxes even though our home is paid up. Maybe I should write a letter to AARP and t and see where THEY rank Tinley.
Paulie Gualtieri February 21, 2014 at 09:43 AM
@Pat C. I'm with you on the taxes. My home is not yet paid up, but this year the tax payments will cost more than my mortgage. I'm all for having good schools, but the school districts need to do get much better at reducing costs. There's no good reason that the junior high kids need IPads to get a quality education.
Ed February 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Tinley isn't a good place to live if your into lawn and gardening. The cost of watering is outrageous along with their sprinkling bans that are on from May through Septmeber. They spend a lot of taxpayer money having the police and public works department out patrolling to find all of the criminals watering their lawns.
Larry February 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Ed we all have to conserve water in the past how many times have we had Droughts??? Next will be showering time limits. Yet during sprinkling bans how many business's water when they aren't supposed to???And taxes for school districts maybe teachers salaries need to be looked at.
Larry February 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM
Maybe when we hit age 55 we should get some reduction on our taxes, some reduction, not as much as a 65 yr. old, but something , or reduce the senior exemption age to 62.
Karen Way February 21, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Teachers and superindentants make too much money.....many retire with 6 figure retirements!!
Larry February 21, 2014 at 02:53 PM
Karen,I retired almost 4 years ago only because I had maxed out with 32 yrs. of dedicated service with I.D.O.T as a Highway Maintainer. Our pensions are not lucrative one's just average and now Madigan and the rest of the CORRUPT POLITICIANS want to diminish our pensions with so-called reforms??? They shouldn't even be including those whom are not collecting exorbitant 6 figure pensions. Then they don't even include UNION REPRESENTATION for these SO-CALLED-REFORMS!!!
Karen Way February 21, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Pretty sad, Larry.....I really can't believe there our no laws to protect the everyday person; darn politicians are down right wrong....and CORRUPT, you are right!
Larry February 21, 2014 at 05:18 PM
There is supposed to be protection for us. The constitution, it states that one's BENIFETS (SHALL-NOT-BE-IMPAIRED-OR-DIMMINISHED), everything that Madigan and the rest of them has proposed as a reform bill was said to be unconstitutional. Back in 2002 or so, they tried to reduce our 3% annual BENIFET INCREASE, (C.O.L.A) the legislators said it would be unconstitutional, and now they are trying to do what they theirselves said was not constitutional, they also called it a C.O.L.A, it isn't a C.o.l.a, IT IS A 3%ANNUAL (BENIFET INCREASE)* NOTE THE WORD BENIFET*, THEY PROPABLY DIDN'T WANT TO EVEN USE THE RIGHT TERMINOLOGY IN THEIR REFORM BILL, BECAUSE IT SAY'S BENIFET!!! As of now Lisa Madigan is trying to move our law suit up here in CROOK-COUNTY , where her DADDY HAS INFLUENCE ON THE JUDGES, but so far the Argument is that the case should be heard in Sagamon County because that is where the State Employee Plantiffs are from. So you can see how crooked the Democrats are!! We need at least a real legal decision, if the court system is a honest one not a KANGAROO COURT then our constitution will hold up in court, what needs to be done is that from this time forward things can be changed for FUTURE RETIREES NOT PREOPLE ALREADY RETIRED AND AGREED TO THE TERMS THAT WE LEFT WITH!!! Nice retire and worry because of politician's that rather than FUND THE PENSIONS THEY STOLE THEM AND WENT ONSPENDING SPREE'S. KAREN I really loved my job, even though I maxed out, if I knew my future retirement earnings were in jeopardy I would have kept working until I died!!! And this is the best part right now they are having money deducted from our pensions fpr health insurance which wasn't the agreement, but now any Cook-County I.D.O.T. HIGHWAY MAINTAINER are receiving (FREE-HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIRSELVES???? Ridiculious , and it happens before Quinns election bid, about a yr. and a half ago Quinn stated, "NO-CURRENT-RETIREES-WILL-BE-AFFECTED-BY- PENSION-REFIRMS" I called in one night to C.L.T.V. when Lt. Gov. SHIELA SIMMON was Lisnek's guest, and I asked her about that same statement that Quinn Stated all that she said was that is why it is going through the court system.
Master of Reality February 21, 2014 at 05:39 PM
Here is the issue no one wants to talk about. Taxpayers are leaving illinois in droves. Trying to push the teacher pensions to the local school districts will make it worse because property taxes will skyrocket which will have more people leaving. Just look at the numbers, the taxes coming in can't support the pensions as is. It really is that simple. The illinois constitution? C'mon that same document says the state has to give x amount to the schools, that hasn't happened in years. Yes the retired can play hard ball and watch the state go BK. Then you will be getting 3% of nothing. Times have changed, there isn't a big enough tax base to support the pensions as is .
Larry February 21, 2014 at 06:43 PM
States can not go broke! DETROIT DID, NOT MICHAGAN ,the problem is all the perks and programs being funded, to many hand-outs for votes.
Larry February 21, 2014 at 06:48 PM
MASTER, OUR PENSIONS ARE VERY SMALL COMPARED TO SOME UNIVERSITY TEACHERS PENSIONS THAT ARE UPWARD OF 6- FIGURES, OUR'S ARE IN NO WAY EVEN NEAR THOSE FIGURES, THOSE ARE THE PROBLEMS WITH HIGHER 6-FIGURE AMOUNTS,AND SOME OF THE DOUBLE DIPPER PENSIONS, SO WHY GO AFTER THE SMALLER MEGAR PENSIONS??
Master of Reality February 21, 2014 at 07:16 PM
Ok Larry turn the caps off, I hear you. Once again it is simple math, but let me tackle the BK. You are correct a true BK can probably not happen but what can happen is the State can become insolvent, a receiver gets appointed and all debts get bargained down. True not technicallly BK but it amounts to the same. Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin have all put pension reform in place, and none were even as close to how bad Illinois is. Back when these deals were put in place people died a lot earlier and didn't come close to pulling the 30 years people are getting now. Too many retirees and not enough people to pay in. It was a pyramid scam that was eventually going to topple. No one could have predicted the costs of health care now when the deals were struck.
Larry February 21, 2014 at 07:29 PM
Then get rid of every written CONSTITUTION IN ILL. The politicians were not funding the pensions, instead they took the money to fund all their unnecessary spending ,$600,000 Copper Doors ETC.
Master of Reality February 21, 2014 at 07:38 PM
I dont think anyone agrees with waste in government, but lets look at waste. The renovations costs of the Capital are $50 mil. The pension liability of the State is $100 billion. If you added up all the corruption going back to old Shoebox to you really think it would even come close to that number?
Larry February 21, 2014 at 07:44 PM
Ya but the pension system was 70 % funded in 2003 since the Democrats have taken over it has gone down!! Blago, Quinn, Madigan.
Master of Reality February 21, 2014 at 07:57 PM
Larry I have to go watch Gold Rush but you seem like a decent guy that is now looking at promises being broken. The problem is almost everyone has gotten shafted the past 10 years, from being fired to losing all their 401K money in the crash, and losing all the equity in their home. Here is the long and short of it, and this has happened to a lot of people, you work your way up then get downsized and find out all the $50,000 jobs are now $30,000 jobs with no benefits. This contributes to the tax problem. Less people working and less salary to be taxed. Good luck to you, If I could I would out of this State, and unfortunately because it will cause even more problems, many are moving out. 4 families on my block alone, and it's firesale time on their homes because they know cost of living will be so much less down south that they don't care if they take a little haircut on the home.
Larry February 21, 2014 at 08:24 PM
I just wanted what I had taken out of my pay check every 2-weeks for yrs. to have a pension, nothing more, some pensions could be capped the over $100,000 dollar one's. Not the smaller one's.
Master of Reality February 22, 2014 at 09:41 AM
So you would consider $50,000 a year small? As I said the job market has changed millions who were making $75-$100 are now looking at a job market that even if they are lucky enough to get one it will pay way less and the benefits if any stink. That's why it's hard for Joe six pack to feel sorry for someone capped at $50,000 when he can't get a job at Home Depot. My dad was a Chicago cop. Thanks to the powers that be he had a 30 year retirement. There is no way his 2 week deductions covered that.

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