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					                                                  Naperville, Illinois
Background   Naperville, in DuPage County in northeastern Illinois, sits along the West Bank of the
             DuPage River and is 28 miles west of Chicago. This centrally-located community has worked
             hard to preserve small-town values even though it’s the state’s fifth-largest city.
             The area was first settled by Europeans in 1831. Soon thereafter Joseph Naper, who gave the
             town its name, built the first lumber mill and laid out a rudimentary town plan. Naperville
             served as an important weigh station for wagon trains moving west, giving the tiny
             community its first economic boost.
             Naperville was incorporated as a town in 1857, and was the most important settlement in the
             area for some years. It was the original seat of government for DuPage County, but lost that
             distinction in 1868 when government records were forcibly removed by advocates for the
             nearby town of Wheaton. Naperville was incorporated as a city in 1890.
             Major employers in Naperville, located in the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor,
             include a mix of private and public organizations including Edwards Hospital & Health
             Services, Nicor Gas, Alcatel-Lucent, OfficeMax, Indian Prairie School District #203, BP
             America Inc., and Tellabs.
             Parks and recreation are an integral part of the Naperville experience and help to maintain a
             small-town ambiance. Naperville Park District is made upwards of 140 parks (more than
             2,500 acres) at the center of which is the Riverwalk, the four-mile promenade with its
             fountains and covered bridges along the river. This community gathering place also includes
             an amphitheater. In addition, residents can gather at Centennial Beach, a six-acre swimming
             park carved from an old quarry that sits side by side along the popular “Paddleboat Quarry.”
             Naperville’s other recreational facilities include a golf course, a disc golf course, a
             trapshooting range and ice skating and inline rinks.
             Attention to environmental and historical aspects of the city has paid off, resulting in many
             awards. Naperville has an historic district of about 320 properties. It’s also home to the
             12-acre Naper Settlement that traces to the community’s roots from pioneer days.
             The city is served by two well-regarded local school districts, the Naperville Community Unit
             School District and the Indian Prairie Community School District. Parents can also choose
             among many private and parochial schools.
             North Central College, established in town in 1870, offers many undergraduate, graduate, and
             continuing education programs. Naperville also hosts campuses of the College of DuPage,
             DePaul University, and Northern Illinois University, among others.
             With its location on the northern prairie, Naperville’s climate is continental and typical of its
             region, with four distinct seasons, ample precipitation, and moderate average temperatures.
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Rankings
                   General Rankings

                   •   Chicago was ranked #258 out of 375 metro areas in Cities Ranked & Rated. Criteria: cost of
                       living; climate; crime; transportation; economy and jobs; education; arts and culture; health
                       and healthcare; leisure; quality of life. Cities Ranked & Rated, 2nd Edition, 2007
                   •   Chicago was ranked #90 out of 379 metro areas in Places Rated Almanac. Criteria: health
                       care; education; recreation; transportation; ambience; climate; crime; housing costs; jobs.
                       Places Rated Almanac, 7th Edition, 2007
                   •   Naperville was selected as one of the “Best Places to Live in America” by Money magazine.
                       The city ranked #54 out of 100. This year’s list focused on cities with populations of 50,000 to
                       300,000. Criteria: job opportunities; fiscal strength; top-notch schools; low crime; good health
                       care; recreation; and many other factors that help make a town great for raising a family.
                       CNNMoney.com, “Best Places to Live in America 2010,” July 12, 2010

                   Business/Finance Rankings

                   •   Chicago was identified as one of the 20 weakest-performing metro areas during the recession
                       and recovery from December 2007 through December 2010. Criteria: percent change in
                       employment; percentage point change in unemployment rate; percent change in gross
                       metropolitan product; percent change in House Price Index. Brookings Institution,
                       MetroMonitor: Tracking Economic Recession and Recovery in America’s 100 Largest
                       Metropolitan Areas, March 2011
                   •   Experian ranked the top 20 major U.S metropolitan areas by average debt per consumer. The
                       Chicago metro area was ranked #14. Criteria: average debt per consumer. Debt for this study
                       includes credit cards, auto loans and personal loans. It does not include mortgages. Experian,
                       May 13, 2010
                   •   A.G. Edwards ranked America’s 500 top-performing communities based on their residents’
                       personal savings and investing behavior. The Chicago metro area ranked #67 with an index
                       score of 108.27 (national average = 100.00). A dozen statistical factors were measured
                       including: participation in retirement savings plans; personal debt levels; and home ownership.
                       A.G. Edwards, “2007 Nest Egg Index,” September 12, 2007
                   •   Chicago was cited as one of America’s top metros for new and expanded facility projects in
                       2010. The area ranked #1 in the large metro area category (population over 1 million). Site
                       Selection, “2010 Top Metros,” March 2011
                   •   Naperville was selected as one of the “100 Best Places to Live and Launch” in the U.S. The
                       city ranked #29. The editors at Fortune Small Business ranked 296 Census-designated metro
                       areas by business friendliness (Launching Score, % New Businesses) and lifestyle offerings
                       (Living Score). Then they picked the town within each of the top 100 metro areas that best
                       blends business and pleasure. Fortune Small Business, “100 Best Places to Live and Launch
                       2008,” April 2008
                   •   American City Business Journals ranked America’s 261 largest cities in terms of their
                       resident’s wealth. Naperville ranked #3. Criteria: per capita income; median household
                       income; percentage of households with annual incomes of $200,000 or more; median home
                       value. American City Business Journals, www.bizjournals.com, “Where the Money Is:
                       America’s Wealth Centers,” August 18, 2008
                   •   The Chicago metro area appeared on the Milken Institute “2010 Best Performing Metros” list.
                       Rank: #148 out of 200 large metro areas. Criteria: job growth; wage and salary growth;
                       high-tech output growth. Milken Institute, “2010 Best Performing Metros”
                   •   Chicago was ranked #46 out of 145 regions worldwide in terms of its “Knowledge
                       Competitiveness Index.” The index attempts to measure the knowledge-based development
                       taking place throughout the world and is based on 19 measures of economic performance that
                       indicate a region’s ability to translate its knowledge capacity into economic value. Centre for
                       International Competitiveness, World Knowledge Competitiveness Index 2008
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•   Forbes ranked the 200 most populous metro areas in the U.S. in terms of the “Best Places for
    Business and Careers.” The Chicago metro area was ranked #124. Criteria: 12 metrics
    including costs (business and living), job growth (past and projected), income growth,
    educational attainment, projected economic growth, crime, cultural and recreational
    opportunities, net migration patterns, percentage of subprime mortgages handed out over a
    three-year period, and the number of highly ranked four-year colleges. Forbes, “Best Places
    for Business and Careers,” April 14, 2010

Children/Family Rankings

•   The Chicago metro area was selected as one of the “Best Cities for Relocating Families” by
    Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation. The 2008 study looked at nearly 50 factors
    important to relocating families including: recent job growth; nearby top-ranked colleges;
    in-state tuition for four-year public colleges; population growth since 2000; pediatricians per
    100,000 population; and a Green Living index. Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation,
    “2008 Best Cities for Relocating Families”

Dating/Romance Rankings

•   Eli Lily and Company, in partnership with Sperling’s BestPlaces, ranked the nation’s 50
    largest metro areas in terms of the “Most Romantic Cities for Baby Boomers.” The Chicago
    metro area ranked #22. Criteria: marriage and divorce rates among “baby boomers” age 45 to
    60; great restaurants; dance studios; chocolate, jewelry and flower sales. Eli Lily and
    Company, “Most Romantic Cities for Baby Boomers,” April 20, 2007
•   The Chicago metro area was selected as one of the “Best Cities for Relocating Singles” by
    Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation. The area ranked #54 out of the 100 largest metro
    areas in the U.S. Areas were selected based on the following criteria: recent job growth; recent
    singles population growth; overall population growth; affordable rental housing; cost-of-living
    index; expanded arts and recreation opportunities; ratio of single men and single women;
    affordability of quality higher education (including state residency requirements); diversity
    index; climate; population density. Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation, “2008 Best
    Cities for Relocating Singles”
•   Forbes ranked the 40 most populous urbanized areas in the U.S. in terms of the “Best Cities
    for Singles.” The Chicago metro area ranked #3. Criteria: number of singles; cost of living
    alone; nightlife; culture; job growth; coolness; and online dating participation. Forbes.com,
    “Best Cities for Singles,” July 27, 2009

Education Rankings

•   Chicago was identified as one of the 100 “smartest” metro areas in the U.S. The area ranked
    #29. Criteria: the editors rated the collective brainpower of the 100 largest metro area in the
    U.S based on their residents’ educational attainment. American City Business Journals,
    www.bizjournals.com, April 14, 2008
•   Chicago was identified as one of “America’s Brainiest Bastions” by Portfolio.com. The metro
    area ranked #44 out of 200. Portfolio.com analyzed levels of educational attainment in the
    nation’s 200 largest metropolitan areas. The editors established scores for five levels of
    educational attainment, based on relative earning power of adult workers age 25 or older.
    Scores were determined by comparing the median income for all workers with the median
    income for those workers at a specified educational level. Portfolio.com, “America’s
    Brainiest Bastions,” December 1, 2010

Environmental Rankings

•   The Chicago metro area was identified as one of the snowiest major metropolitan areas in the
    U.S. by Forbes. The metro area ranked #9 out of 10. Criteria: average annual snowfall.
    Forbes, “America’s Snowiest Cities,” January 12, 2011
•   Naperville was selected as one of 22 “Smarter Cities” for energy by the Natural Resources
    Defense Council.” Criteria: investment in green power; energy efficiency measures;
    conservation. Natural Resources Defense Council, “2010 Smarter Cities,” July 19, 2010
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                   •   100 of the largest metro areas in the U.S. were analyzed in terms of their current drought
                       severity. The Chicago metro area ranked #77 (#1 = driest). The rankings were based on
                       statistics such as long-term precipitation trends and patterns and the Palmer drought indices.
                       Sperling’s BestPlaces, www.BestPlaces.net, “America’s Drought-Riskiest Cities,” November
                       2007
                   •   The Chicago metro area appeared in Country Home’s “Best Green Places” report. The area
                       ranked #93 out of 379. Criteria: official energy policies; green power; green buildings;
                       availability of fresh, locally grown food. Country Home, “Best Green Places,” 2008
                   •   Chicago was highlighted as one of the 25 metro areas most polluted by short-term particle
                       pollution (24-hour PM 2.5) in the U.S. The area ranked #17. American Lung Association,
                       State of the Air 2011

                   Health/Fitness Rankings

                   •   Chicago was identified as a “2011 Asthma Capital.” The area ranked #46 out of the nation’s
                       100 largest metropolitan areas. Twelve factors were used to identify the most challenging
                       places to live for people with asthma: estimated prevalence; self-reported prevalence; crude
                       death rate for asthma; annual pollen score; annual air quality; public smoking laws; number of
                       board-certified asthma specialists; school inhaler access laws; rescue medication use;
                       controller medication use; uninsured rate; poverty rate. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of
                       America, “2011 Asthma Capitals”
                   •   Chicago was identified as a 2009 “Spring Allergy Capital.” The area ranked #79 out of 100.
                       Three groups of factors were used to identify the most severe cities for people with allergies
                       during the spring season: annual pollen levels; medicine utilization; access to board-certified
                       allergists. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “Spring Allergy Capitals 2009”
                   •   Chicago was identified as a 2010 “Fall Allergy Capital.” The area ranked #66 out of 100.
                       Three groups of factors were used to identify the most severe cities for people with allergies
                       during the fall season: annual pollen levels; medicine utilization; access to board-certified
                       allergists. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “Fall Allergy Capitals 2010”
                   •   Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, in partnership with Sperling’s BestPlaces, analyzed 110 metro
                       areas and identified those U.S. cities with the highest prevalence of factors that are most
                       commonly associated with migraine headaches. The Chicago metro area ranked #90. Criteria:
                       number of migraine-related drug prescriptions per capita; lifestyle factors that can contribute
                       to migraines; environmental factors that can trigger migraines; and consumption of
                       migraine-triggering foods. Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, “America’s Migraine Hot Spots,”
                       March 14, 2006
                   •   An analysis of the “Best & Worst Cities for Sleep” was conducted by Sperling’s BestPlaces.
                       The study ranked America’s 50 most populated metro areas. The Chicago metro area ranked
                       #5 (#1 = best city for sleep). Criteria: number of days residents didn’t get enough rest or sleep
                       during the past month; average length of daily commute; divorce rate; unemployment rate.
                       Sperling’s BestPlaces, www.BestPlaces.net, “Best & Worst Cities for Sleep,” 2006
                   •   The Chicago metropolitan area was selected as one of the best metros for hospital care in
                       America by HealthGrades. The rankings are based on a comprehensive study of patient death
                       and complication rates in the nation’s nearly 5,000 hospitals. Hospitals performing in the top
                       5% nationwide across 26 different medical procedures and diagnoses were identified.
                       HealthGrades then ranked cities by the highest percentage of these Distinguished Hospitals for
                       Clinical ExcellenceTM. The Chicago metro area ranked #16. HealthGrades.com, “America’s
                       Top 50 Cities for Hospital Care,” January 26, 2011
                   •   The American Academy of Dermatology ranked 26 U.S. metropolitan regions in terms of their
                       residents knowledge, attitude and behaviors towards tanning, sun protection and skin cancer
                       detection. The Chicago metro area ranked #25. The results of the study are based on an online
                       survey of over 7,000 adults nationwide. American Academy of Dermatology, “Suntelligence:
                       How Sun Smart is Your City,” May 3, 2010
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•   The Chicago metro area appeared in the 2010 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The
    index, based on interviews with more than 353,000 Americans during 2009, asked individuals
    to assess their jobs, finances, physical health, emotional state of mind and communities. The
    metro area ranked #76 out of 162. Criteria: life evaluation; emotional health; work
    environment; physical health; healthy behaviors; basic access (basic needs optimal for a
    healthy life, such as access to food and medicine, having health insurance and feeling safe
    while walking at night). Gallup-Healthways, “Well-Being Index 2010”
•   The Chicago metro area was identified as one of “America’s Most Stressful Cities” by Forbes.
    The metro area ranked #1. Criteria: median home price drop; unemployment rates; cost of
    living; air quality; sunny days; population density. Forbes.com, “America’s Most Stressful
    Cities,” August 20, 2009
•   50 of the largest metro areas in the U.S. were analyzed in terms of their health and fitness by
    the American College of Sports Medicine in their “American Fitness Index.” The Chicago
    metro area ranked #33 (#1 = healthiest). Criteria: preventative health behaviors; levels of
    chronic disease; health care access; community resources and policies that support physical
    activity. American College of Sports Medicine, “Health and Community Fitness Status of the
    50 Largest Metropolitan Areas,” May 24, 2010

Real Estate Rankings

•   Fortune ranked the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. in terms of projected median home
    price change in 2010. The Chicago metro area ranked #34. Fortune, “The 2010 Housing
    Outlook,” December 9, 2009
•   The nation’s largest metro areas were analyzed in terms of the percentage of households
    entering some stage of foreclosure in 2010. The Chicago metro area ranked #35 out of 206 (#1
    = highest foreclosure rate). RealtyTrac, 2010 Year-End Metropolitan Foreclosure Market
    Report, January 27, 2011
•   The Chicago metro area appeared in a Wall Street Journal article ranking cities by “housing
    stress.” The metro area was ranked #16 (#1 = most stress). Criteria: fraction of
    mortgage-holding homeowners with a monthly housing payment in excess of 30 percent of
    income; percentage of people without health insurance; unemployment rate. The Wall Street
    Journal, “Which Cities Face Biggest Housing Risk,” October 5, 2010
•   The Center for Housing Policy ranked 210 U.S metropolitan areas by the fair market rent for a
    two-bedroom unit. The Chicago metro area was ranked #55. (#1 = most expensive) with a rent
    of $1,015. Criteria: Fair Market Rent (FMR) in effect during the fourth quarter of 2009 based
    on HUD’s fiscal year 2010 FMRs. The Center for Housing Policy, “Paycheck to Paycheck:
    Most to Least Expensive Rental Markets in 2009”

Safety Rankings

•   Allstate ranked the 200 largest cities in America in terms of driver safety. Naperville ranked
    #133. In addition, drivers were 16.7% more likely to have had an accident compared to the
    national average. Allstate researchers analyzed internal property damage reported claims over
    a two-year period (from January 2007 to December 2008) to ensure the findings would not be
    affected by external influences such as weather or road construction. A weighted average of
    the two-year numbers determined the annual percentages. The report defines an auto crash as
    any collision resulting in a property damage claim. Allstate, “The 2010 Allstate America’s
    Best Drivers ReportTM”
•   The National Insurance Crime Bureau ranked 366 metro areas in the U.S. in terms of per
    capita rates of vehicle theft. The Chicago metro area ranked #67 (#1 = highest rate). Criteria:
    number of vehicle theft offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. National Insurance Crime Bureau,
    “Hot Spots,” May 17, 2010
•   The Chicago metro area was identified as one of the “The Most Dangerous Metro Areas for
    Pedestrians” by Transportation for America and the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership.
    The metro area ranked #41 out of 52 metro areas with over 1 million residents. Criteria: area’s
    population divided by the number of pedestrian fatalities in that area. Transportation for
    America and the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership, “Dangerous by Design: Solving
    the Epidemic of Preventable Pedestrian Deaths (and Making Great Neighborhoods),”
    November 11, 2009

				
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