An Award-Winning Community
Recognized nationally and internationally as one of the top communities in which to settle down, raise a family and retire, Naperville has made headlines for its outstanding quality of life. Our picturesque, quaint city combines the values and charm of small-town life with the vibrancy and boldness of a modern, thriving economic powerhouse in the Chicago area.
Come see why Naperville is the place for everyone to Live, Work and Explore.
In Naperville, community counts. From newborns to those living in their happy golden years, Naperville is where families can set down their roots for generations to come.
In 2017, Naperville made Livability.com's Top 100 Best Places to Live list and came in No. 2 in Niche.com's Best Cities to Live In rankings. Naperville has been named to Money magazine’s prestigious “Best Places to Live” list seven times since 2004, ranking No. 10 on the 2016 list, and was named the best place for early retirement by Kiplinger in 2013. Naperville was rated the safest city in America again in 2016 by Niche.com, the sixth safest city in late 2016 by SmartAsset.com and was also rated the third most successful city in the United States based on high median income and low poverty levels by Zippia.com, a career resource website. Also in June 2016, home security and safety brand Safewise named Naperville number 19 on its list of the 30 Safest Cities to Raise a Child. The company touted Naperville’s education system and used crime data and school rankings to compile its list.
Our residents enjoy internationally accredited Police and Fire Departments that provide unparalleled levels of public safety. Our law enforcement’s dedication to addressing traffic safety concerns was recognized when our Traffic Safety Initiatives were ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. As a recognized National Weather Service – Storm Ready Community, Naperville is prepared for severe weather when seconds count and safety matters.
In addition to being a safe community, Naperville enjoys a strong volunteer spirit that has helped develop some of the most notable community projects, including the Riverwalk. Every year, Naperville is home to a number of President’s Volunteer Service Award winners. In June 2016, the Naperville City Council awarded 33 individuals the President’s Volunteer Service Award totaling 8,634.4 volunteer hours worked in CY2015!
In Naperville, the City aims not just to serve the community, but serve it well. Part of serving the community includes stewardship over the natural resources that drew town founder Joseph Naper to this area almost 200 years ago.
In November 2016, the City was one of 25 public and private organizations honored with the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award for its citywide environmental sustainability efforts. Praised sustainability practices included successful and ongoing completion of all 49 goals in the City’s 2010 Sustainability Plan and specific projects including the Water Leak Detection Survey, the new Household Hazardous Waste Facility that opened in early 2015, the Recycling Cart Program, the Emerald Ash Borer treatment program and the City’s plans to construct a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station.
In 2008, Naperville’s nationally accredited Public Works Department received the U.S Green Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for its new Public Works Service Center and commitment to producing a source efficient building that is better for our environment and better for our community.
Economic development and a successful business community are cornerstones of Naperville. Home to top-ranked businesses and organizations, Naperville has been awarded the Well Workplace Award by Well City USA and has been named in the “Top Earning Towns” listing by Money Magazine two times in the last four years.
Continuous efforts for openness, accountability and honesty within the community are of high importance. In June 2016, Naperville was selected as the first city in Illinois to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Work Cities initiative – one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. This exciting new partnership will allow the City to continue its focus on innovation, efficiency and openness to our community.
In 2013, the City of Naperville and the Naperville Park District were both awarded with the Illinois Policy Institute Award for Transparency. In addition, the City of Naperville has maintained a financial rating of “Aaa” issued by Moody’s Investors Service and an AAA rating from Standard & Poor's for 21 years while the Naperville Park District has maintained a financial rating of “Aaa” issued by Moody’s Investors Service for 8 years. These ratings are reflective of both organization’s strong financial standings.
Many of the community’s organizations are recognized for being “best in their field.” First received in 2011, Naperville’s acclaimed Park District received accreditation status through the National Recreation and Park Association and is currently undergoing the reaccreditation process again. And in 2016, the DuPage Children’s Museum received Honorable Mention in the Education category for Vision Design Awards and also was honored with the Naperville Education Foundation’s Celebrating Inspiration Award.
City officials, businesses and residents are dedicated to preserving Naperville’s vibrant history while planning for a bright and responsible future that includes visitors enjoying all that Naperville has to offer.
In 2011, the American Planning Association, Illinois Chapter recognized Naperville’s innovative and state-of-the-art planning methods and practices to create a community of lasting value when they awarded Naperville’s Historic Preservation Initiative with the Best Practice Award.
Our community’s pride in education and community involvement through the use of flowers, plants, trees and other environmental enhancements has not gone unnoticed. Naperville is the proud recipient of the America in Bloom Award for Tidiness and has been an Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA Certified Community for 23 years.
According to Zero Population Growth, Naperville has been named among the top five "kid-friendliest" cities in the nation since 1997. In 2014, the DuPage Children’s Museum was rated the Reader’s Choice Best Museum by Suburban Life. In 2015, Gov. Bruce Rauner proclaimed September 19, 2015, as DuPage Children’s Museum Day in Illinois. In 2016, the museum received a Citation of Merit for the Pyramid Bench from the AIA Chicago Small Project Awards.
No stranger to accolades, the Naperville Public Library has been named the No. 1 Public Library in the U.S. in 100,000 – 250,000 population category for the last 10 years and is a beacon of pride to the entire community.
We invite everyone to explore all that Naperville has to offer. We hope you love it just as much as we do!
View a listing of the many awards and distinctions that the City of Naperville and some of its intergovernmental partners have received over the years.