These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Illinois For 2018

We used science and data to determine which places in the Prairie State are the real pits.

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Illinois. America’s heartland. The Land of Lincoln. Green summers, cold winters. Farmers and gangsters. And everything in between.

It’s not a flyover state. In fact, when you consider Chicago is possibly the best city in America, Illinois can make a case that it’s the most important state in the entire midwest.

Where you’ve got corn fields, corn hole, and some of the hardest-working, down-to-earth people in the country.

But is it all roses in Illinois? Of course not. Just like every other state, Illinois has its issues. The sore spots, if you will. The purpose of this post is to use science and data to determine which Illinois cities need a little tender loving care.

After analyzing 327 of the Prairie State’s most populous cities, we came up with this list as the 10 places that could use a hug right about now:

  1. Centreville
  2. Robbins
  3. Cahokia
  4. East St. Louis
  5. Harvey (Photos)
  6. Riverdale
  7. Kankakee (Photos)
  8. Markham
  9. Hoopeston
  10. Dolton

What? Where are these places you wonder? And before you get all riled up and say we’re picking on small town America, that’s not the case. We understand there’s a lot of good in every place.

However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty and ‘friendly people’), there are far better options in the state for making a place home. Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2018.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

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How we determined the worst places to live in Illinois for 2018

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people like the following things:

  • Good education
  • Lots of jobs
  • Low crime
  • Low poverty
  • Nice homes
  • High incomes
  • High population density (Lots of things to do)
  • Short work commutes
  • Health insurance

The data comes from the Census’s most recent American Community Survey and from the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a larger weight — if you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are normally 7x more common and really bias that ranking.

Furthermore, only cities with at least 5,000 people were considered — leaving 327 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 327 for all the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the rankings into one ‘Worst Place To Live Score’.

Finally, we ranked every city on the ‘Worst Place To Live Score’ with the lowest score being the worst city in Illinois — Centreville. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in Illinois.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

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1. Centreville

Population: 5,127
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $48,400 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.2% (4th worst)
Centreville seems to be the have’s and have not’s. While the annual average income levels here are respectful ($16,715), about 1 in 4.5 people here are without jobs. Homes are valued at only $48,400.

But the biggest eye opener is the sheer crime here. It seems as if just about everyone in town without a job is pillaging the community. Centreville has the 26th highest crime rate in Illinois, where 1 in 56 people has a statistic chance of being attacked, raped or murdered each year.

Plus, 1 in 29.8 people are robbed.

If you’re headed past Centreville and stop for gas, make sure you lock your doors.

2. Robbins

Population: 5,216
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $72,500 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.5% (15th worst)
When you’re looking at science and data, Robbins is the worst place you can live in Illinois. Let’s see why.

The unemployment rate here is 15.5%. The schools are underfunded, and property values are well below the state average. A home costs $72,500, which is a sure sign of lack of demand.

You have a 1 in 9.4 chance of being the victim of some type of property crime here every year. That’s not fun, either.

Robbins is a far drive south from Louisville.

3. Cahokia

Cahokia, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,574
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 6)
Home Values: $50,300 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.3% (27th worst)
There’s probably not many people in Illinois that would be surprised to see Cahokia on this list. In fact, if Cahokia wasn’t somewhere in the top 10, most people would start to wonder if our data was accurate.

Here are the statistics. Cahokia has the 29th worst crime rate in Illinois. No surprises there. How dangerous is it though? There were almost 64 violent crimes in Cahokia in 2015. Residents here had a 1 in 227 chance of being killed, raped or attacked. Just wow.

The home values in Cahokia are the 3rd cheapest in the state ($50,300), the unemployment rate is the 27th highest (13.3%), and the annual household income is 6th lowest in Illinois, at $28,439. That’s basically at the poverty level for a family of four.

4. East St. Louis

East St. Louis, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,731
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Home Values: $53,500 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.8% (12th worst)
Don’t even try and argue about this one. The only thing controversial about East St. Louis being this high is that it wasn’t number one.

East St. Louis needs some tough love.

The unemployment rate is 12% which is the second-highest in the state of Illinois. And residents here make a paltry $19,278 a year. That’s well below the poverty line. Home values are barely above $40,000, which is the 4th-lowest in the state.

And crime. There isn’t a more dangerous city in the state. Not even close.

The only thing keeping East St. Louis from topping this list is the fact that its public school system is actually decent — meaning student spending and teacher-student ratios are a main focus in trying to turn this community around.

Hopefully, the next generation of kids growing up in this city can step it up and talk some sense into the older generation.

5. Harvey

Harvey, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,625
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Home Values: $72,700 (18th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 20.7% (6th worst)
Harvey ranks as the 5th worst city in Illinois. Located in Cook County, Harvey has the 4th lowest income levels in the state of Illinois ($21,909), and some of the lowest number of doctors in the state. Crime is above average, and the unemployment rate is 20.7%.

6. Riverdale

Population: 13,047
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Home Values: $82,800 (43rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.6% (3rd worst)
Riverdale takes the 6th worst place spot on this list for a number of reasons — below average education, income, unemployment, and student expenditure statistics.

But what gives Riverdale its main thrust toward the top of this shameful list is its crime index — the 8th worst in the whole state.

7. Kankakee

Kankakee, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,424
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 8)
Home Values: $87,800 (55th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.3% (27th worst)
Kankakee is pretty much the first place you get to when you leave Chicago, south on I-57. And according to the data, it might be the first place you might want to pull over and spread some goodwill.

Kankakee has the third lowest student-teacher ratio in the state, and its public education system is in the bottom 10% as a whole when it comes to spending. The unemployment rate is 11%, which is nearly double the national average.

Factor in a very low median household income and the 16th-highest crime rate in the state, and you’ve got some real issues. Oh yeah, and there were four murders here in 2015. Yikes.

Kankakee has seen its ups and downs over the years. In the late 90s, it was rated as one of the best places to raise a family one year, and then two years later, rated as the worst place to live by Places Rated Almanac.

But it’s been consistently rated as having great golf courses. And they’re probably looking for a new friend to play with.

8. Markham

Population: 12,633
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Home Values: $87,700 (54th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.5% (37th worst)
Markham, where there’s absolutely nothing to do unless you enjoy bowling, ranks as the 8th worst city in Illinois.

Besides the lack of pure amenities, Markham has some real economic problems to contend with. The unemployment rate hovers near 12.5%, and families earn around $34,414 a year. It’s also the 8th highest in Illinois for crime, where 1 in 9.4 people gets robbed every year.

Does living in a place where people who come to visit are robbed sound like fun?

9. Hoopeston

Population: 5,245
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Home Values: $64,500 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.2% (29th worst)
If you’ve ever taken the backroads to or from Chicago, you might have passed through Hoopeston on Route 1. It seems to be a relatively quiet, clean place.

Here’s what science says about why Hoopeston needs some love: The unemployment rate is nearly 13.2%, residents earn about $37,820 a year, and home prices are just over $64,500. Across the board, those are in the bottom 10% in the state. Not absolutely horrible, but not desirable, either.

And there simply isn’t anything to do in Hoopeston. Don’t believe me? The city’s events calendar is…blank.

Maybe people in Hoopeston just need some friends. They don’t even have a Facebook page for their city. #FacebookforHoopeston

10. Dolton

Population: 23,113
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Home Values: $92,000 (60th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.9% (1st worst)
What the heck is going on in little Dolton? The crime is the 8th highest in the state of Illinois. Here, residents have a 1 in 9.4 chance of being robbed. That means if you live here, and didn’t have something stolen from you, there’s a good chance your neighbor did.

That ratio is one of the highest we’ve seen in the nation. Perhaps the high unemployment rate has something to do with it. More than 23.9% of Dolton residents were without jobs in the latest numbers we collected, which is the 1st highest in the state.

Wrapping Up The Worst In Illinois

If you’re looking at areas in Illinois with the worst economic situations, where there’s higher than average crime, and not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

And in the end, Centreville ranks as the worst city to live in Illinois for 2018.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Illinois:

  1. Western Springs (Pop. 13,133)
  2. Deerfield (Pop. 18,686)
  3. Winnetka (Pop. 12,437)

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Cities In Illinois

City Rank Previous Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
Centreville 1 1 5,127 22.2% $48,400
Robbins 2 2 5,216 15.5% $72,500
Cahokia 3 9 14,574 13.3% $50,300
East St. Louis 4 3 26,731 15.8% $53,500
Harvey 5 5 25,625 20.7% $72,700
Riverdale 6 4 13,047 22.6% $82,800
Kankakee 7 15 26,424 13.3% $87,800
Markham 8 6 12,633 12.5% $87,700
Hoopeston 9 10 5,245 13.2% $64,500
Dolton 10 8 23,113 23.9% $92,000
Metropolis 11 7 6,366 9.7% $75,400
Danville 12 12 32,030 12.5% $65,600
University Park 13 47 7,196 13.9% $108,400
Chicago Heights 14 16 30,349 16.4% $101,100
Mount Vernon 15 13 14,880 10.7% $73,500
Blue Island 16 11 22,446 13.0% $114,200
Harrisburg 17 17 9,418 14.1% $68,600
Alton 18 24 27,175 14.6% $79,600
Posen 19 36 6,251 17.9% $107,400
Rockford 20 20 149,597 13.4% $91,400
Murphysboro 21 31 8,007 8.8% $73,600
Zion 22 23 24,195 13.3% $116,800
Calumet Park 23 22 8,320 23.7% $110,400
Vandalia 24 52 6,758 7.4% $84,100
Harvard 25 18 9,589 11.1% $114,400
Decatur 26 35 74,063 11.9% $80,300
Galesburg 27 42 31,469 8.5% $71,700
Benton 28 38 7,148 12.8% $67,900
West Frankfort 29 51 7,941 13.8% $60,800
Waukegan 30 30 88,159 9.9% $118,600
Beardstown 31 102 6,109 14.1% $66,300
Streator 32 27 13,163 14.0% $83,200
Maywood 33 26 24,029 17.4% $133,800
Salem 34 53 6,930 9.3% $73,600
Lasalle 35 29 9,484 12.3% $82,200
Cicero 36 37 83,972 9.9% $129,000
Centralia 37 14 12,696 12.7% $61,900
Rantoul 38 19 13,238 8.0% $88,800
Wood River 39 40 10,360 7.4% $84,500
Hazel Crest 40 49 13,924 15.5% $109,800
East Alton 41 32 6,171 8.1% $82,000
Hillside 42 34 8,165 10.3% $151,400
Creve Coeur 43 47 5,653 7.9% $81,200
Chicago 44 44 2,714,017 10.9% $225,200
Du Quoin 45 25 5,932 11.4% $65,100
Lynwood 46 21 9,232 13.2% $148,400
Carlinville 47 61 5,297 11.9% $83,700
Kewanee 48 39 12,755 7.0% $61,000
Steger 49 33 9,535 12.5% $107,700
East Moline 50 72 21,394 8.4% $109,100
Watseka 51 81 5,318 7.5% $77,900
Justice 52 111 12,957 10.8% $179,700
Sumner 53 45 5,094 11.5% $44,700
Paris 54 41 8,413 11.9% $73,400
Park Forest 55 54 21,831 16.0% $75,300
Mattoon 56 50 17,399 8.7% $80,300
Belleville 57 69 42,729 7.5% $97,200
Herrin 58 67 12,868 10.6% $83,900
Broadview 59 77 7,915 15.6% $136,600
Richton Park 60 73 13,668 15.8% $138,100
Country Club Hills 61 46 16,794 21.0% $129,900
Summit 62 43 11,409 12.8% $153,900
Bridgeview 63 59 16,381 10.8% $167,500
Freeport 64 63 24,784 12.3% $75,400
Carbondale 65 65 26,066 9.0% $119,200
Chicago Ridge 66 99 14,368 8.1% $152,400
Pontoon Beach 67 56 5,753 10.2% $86,500
Lansing 68 70 28,369 13.0% $124,100
Monmouth 69 66 9,272 9.8% $73,100
North Chicago 70 60 30,023 11.3% $106,500
Milan 71 82 5,097 10.1% $96,000
Mount Carmel 72 96 7,048 10.3% $75,900
Clinton 73 75 7,195 9.9% $79,600
Carmi 74 80 5,065 5.4% $67,500
Rock Island 75 71 38,647 9.6% $98,200
Olney 76 104 8,931 5.9% $82,700
Rock Falls 77 55 9,104 12.3% $75,500
Jacksonville 78 74 19,042 9.3% $95,800
Bellwood 79 62 19,146 12.0% $116,000
Peoria 80 76 115,990 9.9% $127,200
Belvidere 81 28 25,300 9.3% $103,300
Springfield 82 91 116,745 8.7% $123,700
Pontiac 83 100 12,016 7.9% $97,800
Robinson 84 89 7,447 8.5% $77,800
Matteson 85 101 19,146 13.7% $156,300
South Holland 86 97 22,040 14.8% $148,200
Mendota 87 92 7,182 10.7% $113,700
Berwyn 88 58 56,414 9.6% $175,300
Rochelle 89 64 9,385 8.0% $115,400
Round Lake Beach 90 83 27,936 7.6% $125,400
Joliet 91 86 147,515 8.2% $163,900
Macomb 92 105 18,771 10.8% $105,900
Harwood Heights 93 154 8,628 7.2% $239,900
Bartonville 94 110 6,406 5.0% $111,800
Sterling 95 95 15,071 6.1% $83,900
Glenwood 96 88 8,853 16.0% $126,600
Loves Park 97 93 24,499 8.2% $113,400
Silvis 98 133 7,546 5.9% $112,700
Charleston 99 114 21,257 7.8% $95,300
Fox Lake 100 68 10,434 9.5% $142,700

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56 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Illinois For 2018

  1. I agree with a few towns on this list but you seem extremely biased against southern Illinois. Benton,Salem West Frankfort dangerous!?… I think you need a better way to compile data.Also if one truly looked at a map you would see Salem is almost 90 miles from St Louis doesnt sound nearby to me. Also you report that no place in chicago is dangerous…??? I would walk the streets of at least 4 of these town late at night before I would drive in chicago…in the daylight.

  2. I agree with you Ken Daily! I knew this article was going to be a total joke as soon as Chicago was referred to as “possibly the best city in America.” If you polled the people of Illinois living south of I95, I’m sure your “stats” would reflect a resounding disagreement to that claim. It sounds to me that the writer doesn’t know a thing about these towns except for the outdated stats found combing the interwebs.

  3. “In fact, Danville is the 5th most dangerous place in Illinois. Danville, many of you need to take a time out to think about what you did wrong. Then come back when you want to talk about it.”

    Pretty flip when you were talking about shootings. Stay classy.

  4. One of the factors was population density (lower being worse). That automatically biases this list toward small towns, as does the median income. Incomes are lower but then again so is the cost of living. I guess this is mostly a feel-good piece for the state of Chicago. I live in Herrin, #35 on the list but I am presently in Benton and I can tell you the place is full of friendly folks that enjoy the slower pace of life here.

  5. Maybe you should actually visit each of these towns and do some real live research and then report on them again. Your “data” doesn’t tell the whole story.

  6. You claim this is opinion based on facts, but your facts are quite limited, and focus on the negative. Hoopeston has a major festival over Labor Day weekend.. The Sweetcorn Festival. May not be your thing, but it includes a pageant that brings contestants from all 50 states. Danville has an amazing local arts community: Red Mask Theater, Danville Light Opera, Danville Symphony Orchestra, and the Danville Art League.

    I know this is a piddly site, but I felt compelled to defend my community. Oh, and as others have said…to not consider Chicago (at least some parts) dangerous is ludicrous.

  7. All of the bad places to live listed are south of I-80 and the best places to live are all in the Chicago area. I am not sure what criteria was used to make this determination but it is hard to believe that the Chicago area has the best places to live and that there are no good places to live in downstate Illinois. How about the lack of bad places to live in the Chicago area despite areas of high crime and unemployment? What a completely biased article.

  8. This is bull e stl the worst place in us in less your black it is full of houses that were once the most beautiful 3 story and now it is run down taken over by crime the worst crime rape murder theft donate leave your car out of sight fraud child touched it is the home of the devil im not a i live in stl and brakes my heart to see what was once one of the best place to live and now i wouldn’t make a rouch live there these little towns there talking about are great places to live and raise your kids and i dont care what data proves I’ve live in several of these little towns and never locked my door or took the keys out of my car left it run most places do that in e stl or chcgo and your calling a taxi

  9. Illinois is a giant armpit, end of story. I live a town over from Benton and my husband is from Chicago area, we can both attest that it is a shit hole no matter where you go in this state. Nothing but addicts and rednecks. We are in the process of building our credit so that we can move out of this poop shoot as soon as possible. This article is as correct as it gets. Those of you offended probably have no teeth and no life.

    1. I would practice better grammar and punctuation, if I were you, before accusing people of being of a lower class than one in which you reside.
      If you can’t find grammatical errors in your sentences; you may want to group yourself in the same class you are bashing……better build more credit before you move from the proverbial “shit hole”. Oh! You might want to receive more educatation while you’re at it!

    2. Your an idiot. I’m from Jerseyville. I now live in Ohio and have traveled all over the US. We grew up poor. Garden fed. My grandpa and grandma was very hard-working. Born with morals values and ethics. Obviously northern Illinois or maybe lack of respect is your failure. I love southern Illinois. Beautiful, homegrown, hearts full of family, love and consideration.
      the scenery. Thank God for opinions huh???

  10. Ask anyone in Danville where many people from closed low income housing in Chicago we’re sent. Ask people in Danville where GE, Hyster, Esco, and General Motors went. I sure am glad Chicago looks nicer and companies have found cheaper places to manufacture there goods. Oh by the way, the sarcasm was not computer generated.

  11. I tend to agree with the article. If you look at what the author is saying, population versus the crime spree we seem to be having. Yes, I want to be able to defend our community, but think about it. For our small communities, we have a rather large crime activity, and it’s getting worse lately. And our school systems? They suck ass, big time. They don’t offer education like they used to, with budget cuts, and lack of caring educators…all the decent ones having retired or moved to other locations. And the housing demands? Look around, to buy a decent, sound house, the majority of the homes around here that are decent and livable, are out of most of our budgets, the ones that our citizens can afford are dumps.
    The fact of the matter us, truth hurts. It hits you in the gut.
    You can’t turn on the news anymore without seeing those trusted educators turning into pedophiles, or decent human beings being murdered or left in streets to die alone, thefts, rape, etc…and this isn’t Chicago news I’m talking about…it’s WSIL.
    I’m surprised Herrin didn’t make this list.

  12. Dear Nick James and the RoadSnacks Team,

    Decatur would like for you to use correct data for your rankings. Our unemployment rate is 6.2%. Please issue a new ranking for us! Speaking of rankings…

    We were recently voted:
    Top 12 Best Illinois Cities for Families
    Top 50 Best Cities for Global Trade
    Top 50 Safest Cities in Illinois (Our crime rates are lower than Champaign, Bloomington, Peoria, and Springfield – our major surrounding cities.)
    Runner Friendly Community

    While we were recognized by Forbes Magazine for our growing agribusiness economy and career opportunities last month, we were busy raising $20,000 to send Girl Scout cookies to our troops overseas. In the fall, we raised 1,040,000 pounds of food and cash in one day to fill our local food pantries, and we’ll do it again this year.

    I could go on and on, but I’ll stop and invite you to check out the transformation happening in Decatur and Macon County:

    1. RE: City Limitless – Decatur & Macon County

      As a person who was born and raised in Decatur, attended Millikin University, and whose family still lives in the area, thanks for sharing the promising information and the link.

    2. Decatur is absolutely horrible. Riddled with crime and abandoned houses full of druggies, plus the whole city STINKS to high heaven due to the noxious fumes being spewed everywhere.

  13. A lower population density is worse? Chicago is the best? That really speaks to the credibility of this screed. :p

  14. You forgot Du Quoin il. Its a horrible place where the rich and middle class are snobby and the poor folk are crooks…ppl ride lawnmowers because of DUI’S and city court is a joke as well as most of city citations……it’s a laughable little pile that I was raised in…

    1. Pinckneyville as well. I was on my riding lawnmower to go cut grass like I have done my whole life an one day police pull me over an arrest me for driving on revoked license an take me to jail an impound my lawnmower. They that fucking petty.

  15. What about Marion, ILL?? It has very good qualities, good schools, and plenty to do. Yea, it has its crime and drama but still a good place. I born and raised there

  16. This article is a bunch of crap, but not as big a turd as this website. Buzzfeed wanna be’s. The author has probably never been to any of these cities. Bogus statistics as well. Amateurs.

  17. 83 shootings in 499th of July in Chicago and you sound out all the southern cities. The rest of the state pays for Chicago’s reckless political criminality.along with extreme povety and crime. Your an idiot

  18. This article doesn’t mean much to anyone outside of Chicago but I’d like to point out that Benton ‘ s highschool superintendent was awarded with the states “Superintendent of the year” award just last year. Correct me if I’m wrong but the worst place in Illinois probably wouldn’t get an award like that.

    1. Ah yes, the illustrious school system where they have to keep laying off teachers. Certainly something to be proud of, yes.

  19. I know this is supposed to be for fun, but my community of Decatur has worked VERY hard on improving it’s image. One trip to our downtown area or a weekend visit will show you it’s a great place to live. I am currently raising 3 kids here and we just don’t have the ability to participate in all te community events we’d like to. Our Park District will rival any others north of I-80, if not blow them out of the water. Thank you to our “City Limitless” campaign for correcting your data as well!

  20. Am I wrong about Cairo? Is it still part of Illinois? (Maybe Illinois gave it to Kentucky.) Has it had a complete turn around so it is not in the over 300 cities rated as the worst? Maybe it is just so far south the “scientist” who performed the analysis didn’t look at it, because I looked at the whole list. I was there a few years ago…it is a s#!÷hole.

  21. What about Cairo and Murphysboro? Maybe too far south for you to know they existed? I moved to Salem 45 years ago and have never wanted to leave. Salem’s problem has been the economy and loss of jobs. The people are wonderful and are always there to help one another. A growing problem in this area now is all the baby-mommas trying to live off the goverement and charities. This situation is reaching epic proportions.

  22. you are ignorant, look it up in the dictionary-you are just like a politician, the more comments, the more you think people will take you as somebody that expand their business, i won’t read your ignorance again

  23. Consider North Chicago,the ghetto of Lake county,lots of crumbling industry.The people act and treat you like scum.

  24. Don’t a have a lot to say but just want to know how Cairo did not make this list. Do some research on Cairo an rewrite this article trust me Itiwill make the list.

  25. I’m from Illinois and this article is so accurate. My girlfriend and I knew Decatur and Danville would be on this list. And rightfully so Illinois is an aweful state in general.

  26. Miracle Whip I so agree with you. It is a salad dressing closely related to mayonnaise. MMMM I want some Miracle Whip on my ice cream

  27. I am sure glad to live in the Northwest Suburbs of Illinois. Its clean, great schools and beautiful. I really like Palatine, very nice. The people are friendly family oriented. You can always find jobs but there has been a decline with employment in many areas everywhere. The rent and housing is expensive. Plenty of good transportation and wonderful places to go for recreation.

    1. Try going out, a little bit past Palatine, maybe like towards Harvard, Marengo, check out those wonderful little towns! I’d say Palatine is a white collar town, that’s why it’s half way decent. It’s not one of the factory/warehouse working man’s town.

  28. You guys forgot Harvey Posen Blue Island south Holland Phoenix, Ford Heights,Chicago Heights Joliet I can go on for a while all the little towns I mentioned are worse then 9 out of ten of these other towns it’s sad what the media doesn’t say

  29. I’ve read the comments & the way people get so defensive over the town/city they live or lived in is ridiculous,lol!! I have been though out this whole state of Illinois. This state is just unbalanced. You got Chicago with 2.7 million people. The way Chicago is bashed is crazy. Of course every town is going to have crime, there is no stopping that. Most towns, the police try there best to keep news of committed crimes quit to keep the population from being in a panic so it keeps chaos from happening.. The way the media now covers crime & shootings is very exaggerated. The fact is, they can bring up 1 shooting a day & that’s a very small number for a city that big. You figure out of the 2.7 million people, they claim 600 shootings is a lot. In reality it’s not a big percentage at all. 1% of 1 million people is 10,000 people, so by that alone 600 people getting shot in a city that big in one year is very small. This list just shows the math, the numbers don’t lie. I’m sorry for the people that are exploding over there town/city being on this list, relax!!! My goodness people are so hateful when they see, hear or read something they don’t like! I hate that some of these towns/cites are on this list too. But it’s nothing to go bananas over. Illinois is now a mismanaged state to live in, with the funding being unbalanced. This state feels like it should be 2 states once you pass into Southern Illinois, which I lived in for about 12 years. From the Carbondale area to the surrounding towns of the Capital of Southern IL, Belleville. The culture in that part of IL is so different. This state does have towns that are like ghost towns. So many empty businesses, houses & apartment complexs, I couldn’t imagine living in some of these towns personally. It is also scary the way Illinois water is so toxic with lead in the southern part of IL. Instead of people being memorized by the idiot box, oh I mean television. Maybe with people reading this, hopefully can get it together & change the imagine of these towns/cities. Which a lot of these people are so quick to praise & defend.

  30. I’ve been to a lot of them towns and cities, let me say pretty much of them all are terrible. If its not the violence, its racism and corniness. How can the people from these places make it better when most have never leaves nowhere else.I think there has to be some type of trend, that’s why we are the USA. Pretty much all the mid Central states suck in everything. I like to use trees, its hardly any. We all know what produces oxygen. Either you’re a alcoholic,druggie or lame. Which one?

  31. I cannot believe that Ford Heights or Chicago Heights did not make the top 10 list. Then to have Decatur on the list and neighboring MT Zion, way down the list is crazy as well.

  32. Peotone Ill is the worst most poor excuse for a town!! I lived there 2 months before I got so bored beside seeing a town with no growth nor up-keep! The town is dirty beside filthy! I now live one town over in manteno and must say I glad I did it! It’s a big change from peotone and one thing I do say at least the people are alot me friendly out here!

  33. Gotta admit that West Frankfort deserves to be on this list….. The 5 worst cities in Southern IL are probably: 1.Carbondale, 2. Cairo, 3. West Frankfort, 4. Murhphysboro, and 5. Mt. Vernon. East St. Louis, Chicago, and Harvey are all far worst though

  34. Quincy illinois should be somewhere on this list because the people’s attitudes here in quincy are really shitty and dont even get me started on quincy school system, the town really is a hell hole and it should be exposed

  35. Seems one of the worst was left out, TRENTON. From the outside it looks like a quiet and safe little town. What you don’t see until it is too late is the “Payton Place” it really is. These are some of the most awful humans on the earth that live her. You would expect if you are from here people would be accepting of you, not the case. I was born to this town and moved at an early age and returned to raise my family. BIG mistake! This really must be some evil burial ground that runs straight to the fiery depths of hell. It makes Benton look normal. Mean spirited evil so called “Christians” around every corner preying on the demise of the happy and removal of the outsiders. God help this town!

  36. Litchfield has an awesome lake for boating, fishing and swimming. It also has a horse park for camping with horses and magnificent trails that people travel for 3-4 hours to enjoy. An indoor gun shooting range, first class all weather track, bowling alley and just about every fast food restaurant franchise known to mankind. Pizza Man serves some of the best pizza on the planet. Many factories, car dealers and a big hospital. Niehaus Cycles is one of he biggest Honda dealers in the nation. Who to hell is rating these towns?

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