The City of Naperville, incorporated in 1857, is located in the northeastern part of the state which is the top growth area in Illinois. Naperville is 28 miles west of downtown Chicago and occupies a land area of 37.58 square miles with a population of 136,380. The city has grown by over 35,000 residents in the past 10 years.
Ranked as a top community in the United States to raise children, retire and start a home-based business, the city boasts nationally acclaimed schools, the best public library system in the country, an exceptionally low crime rate, and a lower unemployment rate than the state's average. In 2005, the city was once again named as one of best places to live in the United States by Money Magazine. Naperville ranked third of 100 finalists and was the only Illinois town to make the 2005 "Best Places To Live" list.