Social indicators of quality of life within a region are no doubt numerous and may vary depending on size and ethnic makeup of a region. Some of the indicators you may want to examine include access to childcare, voter registration, use of library and community college system.
Illinois Network for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
Illinois Network for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies collects, maintains and reports statistical information related to childcare supply, demand and quality across the state.
Kids Count Data Center
Kids Count Data Center uses the best available statistics and data to measure the educational, social, economic, and physical well-being of children. The Data Center features hundreds of indicators with more than four million data points. Users of the site are able to view national, congressional district, county, school district and city data from across the country.