Joliet now has more people than Naperville, according to the latest Census estimates. The counts just in for July 2007 place Joliet at 144,316, moving it ahead of Naperville's 142,479. The five largest cities in Illinois, in order, are now Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Joliet and Naperville.
It's unlikely Naperville will reclaim the title any time soon. Joliet has a lot of room to grow, and Naperville is pretty much landlocked and built out. Sure, a special census is expected to show the addition of a few thousand more people have moved to Naperville, which will translate to more federal revenue. But within a few years, it's likely that Joliet will add a lot more and continue growing while Naperville pretty much levels off.
This census story offers the chance to ask, what do you like about living in Naperville? What don't you like? What could be better? Why do you think so many people have made Naperville their home? What qualities of life make Naperville so appealing to so many people?