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Wilmette is a village in New Trier Township, Cook County, Illinois, United States. It is located north of Chicago's downtown district (4mi from Chicago's northern border) and had a population at the 2010 census of 27,087. Wilmette is considered a bedroom community in the North Shore region. In 2007, Wilmette was ranked as the seventh best place to raise children in the U.S., according to Business Week. In 2015, Wilmette was ranked the best place to live in Illinois based on a variety of factors including its low unemployment rate, median income, low housing vacancy rate, high education expenditures per student, low crime, and short commute times. In 2016, the personal finance website WalletHub.com published its finding that the residents of Wilmette had an average credit score of 743, ranking it in first place among communities within the State of Illinois.GeographyWilmette is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan and is a near northern suburb of Chicago, immediately North of Evanston at (42.077178, -87.723736). The North Shore Channel drainage canal empties into Lake Michigan at Wilmette Harbor.According to the 2010 census, Wilmette has a total area of 5.409sqmi, of which 5.4sqmi (or 99.83%) is land and 0.009sqmi (or 0.17%) is water.Plan your trip to Wilmette and other United States destinations using our handy United States travel tool.
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