LawnStarter's Quality of Life Index for Illinois

National State Report / National City Report

Report Findings and Summary

There’s more to Illinois than its biggest city, Chicago. The entire state has a lot to offer.

The Land of Lincoln lands at No. 10 on LawnStarter’s 2015 Quality of Life Index for the 50 states.

The index is based on six quality-of-life factors analyzed by LawnStarter and borrowed from The Economist -- GDP (economic output) per capita, average life expectancy, divorce rate, unemployment rate, geographic location (latitude) and male-female income equality. The Economist considers these factors to be good barometers for quality of life.

On our index, Illinois’ top categories are GDP and divorce rate.

“lllinois enjoys a diversity of culture and livability options, from the cosmopolitan flair of a truly international metropolis like Chicago, to cities across the state with a variety of outstanding choices for the arts, outdoor recreation, cuisine and spectator sports,” according to

For a full copy of the report's methodology and analysis, please email LawnStarter's Chief Economic Research Analyst, Ryan Farley, at

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