Oswego best place to live in US

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Real Estate Agent with Kettley and Company

Every year Money magazine comes out with it's "Best Places to Live" report. Naperville received a lot of notoriety when they were on top of the list (actually 2nd) last year. This years list was focused on smaller cities with populations of less than 50,000. Money ranks their winners on economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets and a sense of community.

The title of this post says Oswego is the best place to live. What gives? We meet all of the criteria: economic opportunity~easy access to I-88 and the Metra park'n ride allow for the commute to downtown but more importantly all of the new shopping and retail along the route 34 corridor. Route 34 looks like the Fox Valley mall area 15 years ago. Wal-Mart, J C Penny, Menards, Lowe's, Meijer's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Old Navy, Home Depot, Dominic's, Office Depot, Target have all sprung up in the last 5 years. Now that is economic opportunity. The number of new restaurants is staggering as well. Robin Hood, Parrillo's, Quiznos, Baker's Square, Oberweiss just to name a few.

Good Schools? East High has had its inaugural year with pride buiding quickly on the wonderful campus. Three new grade schools. Aurora University, North Central, Illinois Benedictine are all a 15 minute drive or less. The new Waubonsie JC campus is located in Rush Copley Hospital Complex and the main campus is just down US 30 and 10 minutes up route 47.

The crime rate in Oswego is one of the lowest in the suburbs and the pride and sense of community is ingrained in the schools, the local businesses and the cities fathers. No, we did not make the Money magazine list but our population which was 13,814 in the 2000 census is now over 27000. The doubling in size speaks for itself where the best place to live is. The Fox River is becoming a river walk

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Tony Marriott
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Randy - Sounds like a nice place to visit and live during at least part of the year.  How are the winters there? I'll be watching your future posts!
July 23, 2007 10:14 AM #1
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Randy Lyon
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Thank you for asking Tony. You must be from the midwest to be asking. When I was a kid (here we go) I can remember the snow drifting to the top of our roof line. The drifts were literally 10' high. I grew up in the 60s and the winters were much harsher then. We have fairly mild winters any more. There is definitely 4 complete sesons here. We usually have a week of 0 or below temps. They are either the last week of January or the first of February. The snows are seldom ever so bad as to stop the snow plows from doing there job and school is seldom if ever cancelled any more. The kids hate that. It seems that we get maybe 6-7 snows that cover the ground 1-2 inches and maybe 1-2 good snows of 6". The snow is beautiful when fresh and pure.
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