These Are The 10 Worst Cities In Illinois For 2017


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 328 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. East St. Louis (Photos)
  4. Riverdale (Photos)
  5. Harvey (Photos)
  6. Markham (Photos)
  7. Metropolis (Photos)
  8. Dolton (Photos)
  9. Cahokia (Photos)
  10. Hoopeston

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 2017.

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 2017

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 328 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 328 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: 5,142
Home Values: $49,600 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.2% (2nd worst)
What the heck is going on in little Centreville? The crime is the 26th highest in the state of Illinois. Here, residents have a 1 in 25.1 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.

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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 23.2% of Centreville residents were without jobs in the latest numbers we collected, which is the 2nd highest in the state.

2. Robbins


Population: 5,157
Home Values: $71,900 (19th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.9% (3rd worst)
Robbins needs some tough love as it ranks as the 2nd worst city to live in Illinois for 2015. There’s not a lot to do here, and when you factor in some of the lowest student support in the state and some of the worst weather, it’s not a place you might want to move to.

And the crime in Robbins is the 10th highest in the state, where 1 in 6.4 people have a chance of being the victim of a property crime, according to the latest FBI numbers.

3. East St. Louis

East St. Louis, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,689
Home Values: $56,100 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.1% (18th 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.

4. Riverdale

Riverdale, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 13,106
Home Values: $86,300 (52nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.6% (5th worst)
Riverdale places 4th in our ranking of the worst places to live in Illinois.

You can imagine it’s a pretty simple life down there. Which is fine, unless you look closely at the data.

Homes are the 52nd cheapest in the state, and at $86,300, just about anyone with a pulse can buy a home here. However, the unemployment rate (22.6%) is the 5th highest in Illinois, and income levels are far below the state average. And 22.5% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Would you have guessed that the area around Riverdale has one of the highest crime rates, per capita in Illinois?

5. Harvey

Harvey, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,773
Home Values: $77,000 (30th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.7% (4th worst)
Harvey places 5th in our ranking of the worst places to live in Illinois.

You can imagine it’s a pretty simple life down there. Which is fine, unless you look closely at the data.

Homes are the 30th cheapest in the state, and at $77,000, just about anyone with a pulse can buy a home here. However, the unemployment rate (22.7%) is the 4th highest in Illinois, and income levels are far below the state average. And 29.7% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Would you have guessed that the area around Harvey has one of the highest crime rates, per capita in Illinois?

6. Markham

Markham, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 12,685
Home Values: $92,900 (58th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.0% (13th worst)
While numbers in Illinois are clearly better when you compare them to the rest of the nation, the fact is when you compare Illinois cities against one another, you see big differences.

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Home values in Markham average $92,900, which is the 58th lowest in the state. Say what you want about ‘cheap living,’ the fact is homes are priced by demand, and there’s not a lot of demand to live in Markham.

Plus, 21.2% of the population here lives below the poverty line.

Plus, the crime rate is the 10th highest in the state here. Every year, when you’re within Markham city limits, you have a 1 in 6.4 chance of being robbed. That’s a lot of broken into cars and homes.

7. Metropolis

Metropolis, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,417
Home Values: $73,600 (22nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (77th worst)
Metropolis, IL needs a big hug right now. Residents here are underpaid, underemployed and possibly lonely.

Additionally, crime is 33rd worst in the state, which is very high considering Metropolis is so far removed from the rest of Illinois.

If you know anyone in Metropolis, dm them on Facebook and tell them you love them. They can probably use it right about now.

8. Dolton

Dolton, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 23,283
Home Values: $95,200 (64th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 24.4% (1st worst)
Dolton needs some tough love as it ranks as the 8th worst city to live in Illinois for 2015. There’s not a lot to do here, and when you factor in some of the lowest student support in the state and some of the worst weather, it’s not a place you might want to move to.

And the crime in Dolton is the 10th highest in the state, where 1 in 6.4 people have a chance of being the victim of a property crime, according to the latest FBI numbers.

9. Cahokia

Cahokia, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,740
Home Values: $49,600 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.8% (20th worst)
Sure, it’s in a beautiful area, and there’s lots of culture, especially in terms of music. But, if you’re measuring desirability, it’s the 9th worst in Illinois.

Cahokia residents had a 1 in 26.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime. Meaning lots of stolen laptops, cell phones and sports jerseys.

The unemployment rate in Cahokia is through the roof, as more than 15.8% of the population can’t get a job. At least their mortgages aren’t too high; at $49,600, Cahokia has the 2nd-lowest home prices in the state of Illinois.

10. Hoopeston


Population: 5,420
Home Values: $69,200 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.5% (42nd 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 12.5%, residents earn about $41,362 a year, and home prices are just over $69,200. 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

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 2017.

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

  1. Western Springs (Pop. 13,125)
  2. Deerfield (Pop. 18,588)
  3. Winnetka (Pop. 12,407)
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Detailed List Of The Worst Cities In Illinois

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Centreville 5,142 23.2% $49,600
2 Robbins 5,157 22.9% $71,900
3 East St. Louis 26,689 16.1% $56,100
4 Riverdale 13,106 22.6% $86,300
5 Harvey 25,773 22.7% $77,000
6 Markham 12,685 17.0% $92,900
7 Metropolis 6,417 10.6% $73,600
8 Dolton 23,283 24.4% $95,200
9 Cahokia 14,740 15.8% $49,600
10 Hoopeston 5,420 12.5% $69,200
11 Blue Island 23,096 15.1% $118,800
12 Danville 32,337 13.5% $66,200
13 Mount Vernon 15,136 10.9% $72,600
14 Centralia 12,798 14.8% $62,100
15 Chicago Heights 30,428 18.0% $104,300
16 Kankakee 26,821 14.7% $94,000
17 Harrisburg 9,247 16.2% $65,900
18 Harvard 9,802 10.7% $116,700
19 Rantoul 13,256 11.6% $87,300
20 Rockford 150,283 14.9% $94,200
21 Lynwood 9,297 15.8% $144,700
22 Calumet Park 8,367 21.5% $105,800
23 Zion 24,251 15.9% $123,500
24 Alton 27,335 15.5% $81,600
25 Du Quoin 6,002 12.2% $63,100
26 Maywood 24,138 19.1% $133,900
27 Streator 12,990 13.2% $78,600
28 Belvidere 25,741 11.2% $104,200
29 Waukegan 88,570 10.9% $121,200
30 Lasalle 9,510 12.0% $84,300
31 Murphysboro 8,055 10.8% $71,100
32 Steger 9,563 12.4% $100,800
33 East Alton 6,215 8.1% $80,100
34 Hillside 8,190 12.1% $157,400
35 Decatur 74,654 12.4% $80,100
36 Posen 6,319 20.9% $106,700
37 Cicero 84,361 11.7% $126,800
38 Benton 7,319 11.9% $66,600
39 Kewanee 12,736 9.3% $61,800
40 Wood River 10,417 10.2% $85,300
41 Paris 8,517 11.7% $67,500
42 Galesburg 31,696 9.0% $72,600
43 Summit 11,447 12.6% $150,100
44 Chicago 2,717,534 12.1% $222,900
45 Country Club Hills 16,806 22.2% $129,900
46 Creve Coeur 5,652 7.6% $83,700
47 University Park 6,963 15.2% $109,600
48 Sumner 5,988 10.5% $44,700
49 Hazel Crest 14,195 17.1% $114,200
50 Mattoon 17,646 11.5% $80,900
51 West Frankfort 7,720 12.0% $55,600
52 Salem 7,054 7.3% $70,300
53 Park Forest 21,928 16.5% $80,100
54 Rock Falls 9,178 15.2% $74,700
55 Vandalia 6,550 9.1% $83,700
56 Pontoon Beach 5,840 9.4% $84,600
57 Poplar Grove 5,258 4.8% $158,100
58 Berwyn 56,706 10.6% $169,700
59 Bridgeview 16,359 11.0% $162,800
60 North Chicago 29,925 14.6% $112,600
61 Carlinville 5,452 12.9% $82,800
62 Bellwood 19,190 14.8% $118,800
63 Rochelle 9,440 9.9% $117,500
64 Freeport 24,973 13.8% $75,400
65 Carbondale 26,192 11.3% $111,600
66 Monmouth 9,302 11.6% $75,800
67 Herrin 12,797 10.1% $83,100
68 Fox Lake 10,539 11.4% $147,200
69 Belleville 42,898 7.5% $99,600
70 Lansing 28,445 14.0% $130,400
71 Rock Island 38,946 9.3% $97,400
72 East Moline 21,422 8.8% $111,000
73 Richton Park 13,744 15.3% $148,200
74 Jacksonville 19,241 9.9% $94,300
75 Peoria 115,847 10.0% $123,800
76 Clinton 6,987 11.1% $89,200
77 Broadview 7,957 18.3% $147,700
78 Flora 5,027 8.8% $74,900
79 Round Lake Park 7,957 6.1% $119,800
80 Carmi 5,107 6.2% $68,300
81 Milan 5,137 10.0% $89,600
82 Round Lake Beach 27,966 8.4% $123,700
83 Watseka 5,426 8.2% $79,800
84 Collinsville 25,025 9.1% $123,500
85 Pana 5,684 5.1% $66,100
86 Joliet 147,918 9.7% $163,900
87 Lincoln 14,285 11.2% $90,300
88 Glenwood 8,923 16.7% $129,500
89 Robinson 7,506 8.8% $78,100
90 Alsip 19,396 12.3% $163,500
91 Springfield 117,061 8.7% $120,400
92 Mendota 7,321 11.2% $111,800
93 Loves Park 24,494 9.5% $114,100
94 Ottawa 18,565 10.5% $134,900
95 Sterling 15,170 7.6% $83,600
96 Mount Carmel 7,098 10.1% $76,000
97 South Holland 22,124 16.7% $152,000
98 Canton 14,539 6.4% $82,100
99 Chicago Ridge 14,407 8.8% $155,700
100 Beardstown 6,217 13.4% $67,600

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51 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Cities In Illinois For 2017

  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!

  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: http://www.decaturcitylimitless.com.

    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…

  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.

  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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