Crest Hill is a small city in Lockport Township and Will County, just outside of Joliet. The area is rural and near many rivers and forest preserves. The modest community is on the outskirts of the Chicagoland area, for residents who seek metropolitan amenities without the desire to live in a large city.
Climate and Geography
The Illinois climate is categorized as humid continental. Crest Hill gets an average of 39 inches of rain, 28 inches of snow, and 191 sunny days per year. Summer temperatures may reach the mid 80s and winter temperatures may fall to the low 20s.
Located in Will County, Crest Hill is near the Kankakee River, Dupage River, Des Plaines River, and the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Other natural distinctions include the Forest Preserve District of Will County, the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Channahon State Park and the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Crest Hill residents enjoy local attractions such as Chaney Pool, Crest Hill Community Parks, and the Book Market Sales and Trading Center. Residents may also visit the city of Chicago which is approximately an hour away.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Crest Hill is lower than the state and national average. Factors like grocery, health care, housing, utilities, and transportation are all below national averages.
The effective income tax rate is 4.95 percent for single filers and 4.63 percent for joint filers. Retirement income like Social Security benefits are not taxed, while other retirement income like railroad retirement benefits are exempt. Qualifying retired homeowners may receive property tax breaks through a General Homestead Exemption and deferment.
Although there are no hospitals in Crest Hill, there are a number of hospitals in the area rated high performing by U.S. News. The closest, Amita Health St. Joseph Medical Center Joliet, is only a mile and a half away. Other nearby options include Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Edward Hospital in Naperville, Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights, as well as Rush Copley Medical Center and Amita Health Mercy Medical Center which are both in Aurora.