Evanston on ‘best’ list for rich and single

Evanston has made CNNMoney.com’s list of the 25 best places in the nation to live if you’re rich and single.

But some of us may be terribly disappointed to learn that we ranked 16th, three places behind the only other Chicago-area community on the list, Oak Park.

And they do like our beaches, but it’s not just that … or the money here. Here’s the profile of Evanston that Money offers: 

Nestled along the shore of Lake Michigan, Evanston invites singles to meet up at its sandy beaches for lakefront walks and bike rides while enjoying a picture-perfect view of Chicago’s cityscape. Home to Northwestern University’s undergraduate campus and business school, the town also has plenty of sidewalk cafes to sip coffee and mingle with the smart set. If your conversation takes you to world religions or exquisite architecture, stroll down Evanston’s tree-lined streets to neighboring Wilmette to get a glimpse of the only Baha’i temple in North America.

The ranking seems to be based mainly on the high percentage of singles in Evanston, 39.6 percent, and our median family income of $100,007.

Judging from the rest of the list, you need to have at least 30 percent singles in town and a median family income of at least $90,000 to be considered, and it helps greatly to be near the beach in California, where 12 of the chosen towns are located. There’s that beach thing again.

What do you think? Has CNNMoney got Evanston pegged right?

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