The publication's researchers fanned out across the country this year to find America's top small towns. They looked at housing, school districts, employment figures, crime and a variety of other indicators to come out with the Top 100 list.
Glen Carbon began life as a 19th-century coal mining village here in southwestern Illinois. Today the vibrant community is close to Southern Illinois University at Edwardsvillle and is a commuter's dream with easy access to I-270, I-55, I-70 and I-255. As one of St. Louis' Illinois suburbs, Glen Carbon also serves as a place to live for employees who work throughout the Missouri and Illinois bi-state area.
Housing choices range from ready-to-rehab investment properties and Old Town starter homes to elegant estates, horse farmettes and leafy subdivisions such as Ginger Creek, Timberwolf, Somerset, Field's Crossing and many others.
Shopping and dining options have expanded tremendously in Glen Carbon and its sister community, Edwardsville, in recent years. Now it's just a quick drive down the street to reach Borders, Old Navy, Kohls, Wal-Mart, several supermarkets and a variety of local and chain restaurants.
If you would like to include Glen Carbon in your home search, visit us online at Just Ducky Homes to learn more about the village's neighborhoods, the Edwardsville School District, the history of Glen Carbon and the homes available in the area. We've love Money magazine's top place to live to become your top place to live too.
About the Author: Nancy Milton, GRI, is a Realtor with the Just Ducky Homes team at Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors in Edwardsville, Illinois. She and Kristina Pratt help their customers buy and sell homes and investment properties in St. Louis' Illinois suburbs of Madison and St. Clair counties with special emphasis on real estate in the communities of Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Maryville, Collinsville and Troy. For more information, visit their web site at http://www.JustDuckyHomes.com or e-mail Nancy@JustDuckyHomes.com.