Monticello a desired destination

Monticello City Administrator Terry Summers knew the city was a destination point, but was still surprised when it was named one of the most popular small cities in the country for people to relocate to by the online relocation website

“It surprised me that we were No. 6,” said Summers of the survey that based its rankings on the most commonly searched zip codes.

Monticello also took top honors for Illinois.

Summers attributes the high mark to the all-encompassing experience families can receive when they move to the town of 5,585 people.

“I think one of the first and foremost things is the school district and how they excel in so many fields. I also hear people say it’s so nice to have the courthouse and downtown vibe, festivals and festivities we offer,” said Summers. “Allerton Park is also a huge draw, and the Railway Museum is another.”

In being named to the top 10, the website also points out Monticello’s “quaint eclectic shops, fabulous dining opportunities, and entertainment,” in addition to being named one of the safest communities in Illinois, as well as being the home of its own hospital – Kirby Medical Center.

The “100 Most Popular Small Towns To Relocate 2017” list took’s search data to determine which zip codes were searched most among towns of 10,000 residents or less.

The top 10 cities on the list were New Castle, Delaware; Edgartown, Massachusetts; Abbeville, Alabama; Estes Park, Colorado; Summerville, Georgia; Monticello; Hood River, Oregon; Ojai, California; Auburn, Nebraska and Bel Aire, Kansas.

Other Illinois cities on the list were Hawthorn Woods (No. 17), Hampshire (35) and Galena (64).

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