The Kane County Cougars’ hometown was named the fifth-best community in Minor League Baseball by SmartAsset, a financial technology company that offers free data-based advice.
Geneva, Ill., is the only Midwest League community that made the list of Top 10 Minor League Baseball Towns. (Appleton, Wis., home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, ranked fifth on the list in 2016. Three MWL communities, including Geneva, made the Top 10 list in 2015.)
SmartAsset compiled its list based on a variety of game-day experience and quality-of-life factors from 159 MiLB communities. You can read about those here.
Here is what the company wrote about Geneva and the Cougars:
In the past year the Kane County Cougars and their fans were pretty competitive on the field. They won around 53 percent of their games in front of an average of 5,800 fans. But off the field is where Geneva shines. This is the safest city in this study, with the third-lowest violent crime rate and the lowest property crime rate.
Plus, living here won’t break your budget. Our data shows that the average household should have about $77,000 left over after paying for housing, the fifth-highest figure in our study.
Two other Midwest League communities cracked the top 25, though SmartAsset did not includes blurbs about them. Davenport, Iowa — home of the Quad Cities River Bandits — ranks 20th, while Fort Wayne, Ind. — home of the TinCaps — is 22nd on the list.