These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Illinois For 2019


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

Join RoadSnacks
Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst places to live in Illinois.

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.

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

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. And the worst place to live in Illinois? That would be Harvey.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2019.

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

For more Illinois reading, check out:

How we determined the worst places to live in Illinois for 2019

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 325 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 325 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 — Harvey. 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.

Harvey, IL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 25,685
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $72,400 (19th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.5% (6th worst)
More on Harvey:  Data | Photos

You might have passed through Harvey once and probably throught it seems to be a relatively quiet, clean place.

Here’s what science says about why Harvey needs some love: The unemployment rate is nearly 18.5%, residents earn about $24,343 a year, and home prices are just over $72,400. Across the board, those are in the bottom half in the state. Not absolutely horrible, but not desirable, either.

And there simply isn’t anything to do in Harvey.

Centreville, IL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,094
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $47,900 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 19.9% (2nd worst)
More on Centreville:  Data | Photos

Centreville is another place in the Prairie State that has some real eye-opening numbers. The unemployment rate in Centreville is a staggering 19.9%, but at least those who have jobs earn a modest salary ($17,441 a year). Homes are actually priced respectfully at $47,900, but still far lower than the state average.

Crime in Centreville is bad, but not horrible.

Dolton, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 23,091
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $94,700 (59th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.6% (1st worst)
More on Dolton:  Data | Photos

Now we can get to some actual cities that might have some normal numbers. In this case, Dolton ranks high mainly due to the low economic numbers. Homes are the 59th cheapest in the state here at $94,700. Say what you want about low cost of living. What the data says is that cheaper homes means less demand. And there isn’t a lot of demand to live in Dolton.

The median income levels here are the 58th lowest in the state of Illinois, at $44,075. Crime is above average, but not horrible like some of the cities we’ll talk about in a minute. And almost 22.6% of people in Dolton were without jobs according to the latest numbers.

Review Of Dolton by HomeSnacks User

when we lived in Dolton in the 60’s and 70’s it was a peaceful law abiding town made up of young families anxious to make life better for their kids. The streets were tree lined and homey. Neighbors helped each other and the schools were great. unfortunately now it is the number one crime soot of the South side of Chicago. I loved that town.

the train station to get to the Loop was walking distance. The Library was up town and was added on to in this time frame. The churches were full and friendly. My favorite thing was riding my bike with my kids to Dolton Park for Tennis lessons. No bad things at that time

Cahokia, IL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 14,408
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $48,700 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.2% (22nd worst)
More on Cahokia:  Data | Photos

you’re looking to live in Illinois, Cahokia might not be the best choice as it places 4th in our ranking of the worst places to live for 2019.

Cahokia doesn’t have the worst crime in the state, but it’s sure up there. And when you factor in one of the lowest household incomes in the state and a sky high unemployment rate, Cahokia may not be your first choice for a vacation.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,649
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $86,700 (51st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.4% (20th worst)
More on Markham:  Data

When you’re looking at the worst places you could live in Illinois, Markham came in 5th. Let’s see why.

.

The city has very bad crime (8th worst) and an employment rate that’s nearly the highest for cities of its size 13.4%. On the bright side, K-12 student spending is highest here than in the entire state.

East St. Louis, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 26,678
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $55,000 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.0% (10th worst)
More on East St. Louis:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of East St. Louis by HomeSnacks User

The area is very crime ridden. We went there and my friend got his car broken into while we were at a club.

The place just seemed dirty. The people were generally pretty unfriendly. Overall, not a place I would want to visit again any time soon

Hoopeston, IL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,186
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $64,100 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.7% (27th worst)
More on Hoopeston:  Data | Photos

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 12.7%, residents earn about $41,313 a year, and home prices are just over $64,100. 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

Kankakee, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 26,036
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $85,800 (47th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.5% (28th worst)
More on Kankakee:  Data | Photos

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 2019. 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.

Review Of Kankakee by Kalisha Buckhanon

I was born and raised in Kankakee, Illinois. When I was about 15, I was Miss Junior Kankakee of the town. I grew up with my parents and siblings in our nice homes, with dogs, a strong church community and peace of mind. I had a fabulous education in Kankakee Schools, where I was always a top student and leader. I got into the best schools in the world. From there I chose the University of Chicago and eventually transitioned to graduate school at The New School in New York City, where I became a published novelist. I love to come home and stock up on everything that is sooo cheap and economical compared to bigger places: clothes, food, toiletries, etc…The Kankakee County Fair may be the best in the state; I return for it every year and I am so looking forward to it this year! Best, Kalisha

Riverdale, IL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,025
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Median Home Value: $82,200 (38th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 19.5% (4th worst)
More on Riverdale:  Data | Photos

Riverdale ranks as the 9th-worst place in Illinois due to a variety of factors, placing in the bottom third for unemployment, median income, and crime.

On top of that, residents have the 1st-worst commute of any place in the state.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,038
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $114,800 (89th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.3% (15th worst)
More on University Park:  Data | Photos

When you’re looking at things from purely a scientific standpoint, University Park is the 10th worst place in the state of Illinois.

The U.S. defines the poverty line at $24,600 a year for a family of four. University Park is right on the verge of that when you look at what the average citizen there earns a year. And the home values are eye-opening low. On average, the home value in University Park are the 89th lowest in the entire state.

And when you factor in high crime and a high tax rate, it really can’t get much worse in Illinois.

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, Harvey ranks as the worst city to live in Illinois for 2019.

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

  1. Buffalo Grove (Pop. 41,551)
  2. Western Springs (Pop. 13,187)
  3. Deerfield (Pop. 18,896)

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Places To Live In Illinois

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Harvey 25,685 18.5% $72,400
2 Centreville 5,094 19.9% $47,900
3 Dolton 23,091 22.6% $94,700
4 Cahokia 14,408 13.2% $48,700
5 Markham 12,649 13.4% $86,700
6 East St. Louis 26,678 17.0% $55,000
7 Hoopeston 5,186 12.7% $64,100
8 Kankakee 26,036 12.5% $85,800
9 Riverdale 13,025 19.5% $82,200
10 University Park 7,038 14.3% $114,800
11 Justice 12,973 9.5% $179,100
12 Benton 7,050 11.0% $70,800
13 Posen 6,371 19.2% $102,600
14 Calumet Park 8,337 18.2% $110,200
15 Metropolis 6,239 8.5% $74,300
16 Lynwood 9,357 14.7% $141,200
17 Blue Island 22,446 13.1% $113,800
18 Chicago Heights 30,292 14.4% $98,300
19 Beardstown 6,004 9.8% $65,300
20 Chicago 2,722,586 9.9% $234,500
21 Danville 31,765 10.8% $64,700
22 Zion 24,157 12.4% $115,200
23 Robbins 5,203 11.1% $68,800
24 Rockford 148,640 12.8% $89,500
25 Broadview 7,892 16.5% $148,400
26 Harrisburg 9,344 13.1% $67,800
27 Alton 27,037 13.2% $80,400
28 Harvard 9,482 11.6% $114,700
29 Centralia 12,582 10.7% $63,200
30 Salem 7,044 10.1% $71,600
31 East Alton 6,158 7.3% $81,400
32 Cicero 83,735 8.3% $139,100
33 Country Club Hills 16,756 19.8% $131,900
34 Mount Vernon 14,723 9.7% $75,200
35 Maywood 23,981 13.7% $138,700
36 Waukegan 87,999 9.7% $120,300
37 Franklin Park 18,257 6.9% $180,700
38 Richton Park 13,661 18.3% $142,900
39 Bellwood 19,165 11.5% $120,000
40 Vandalia 7,013 8.8% $85,900
41 Hillside 8,151 9.3% $154,600
42 Murphysboro 7,952 6.7% $66,900
43 Lansing 28,308 12.5% $125,500
44 Herrin 12,886 9.1% $85,500
45 Bridgeview 16,511 9.3% $164,300
46 Steger 9,505 9.9% $107,500
47 Streator 13,241 12.4% $78,900
48 Lasalle 9,351 8.4% $82,700
49 Creve Coeur 5,532 7.7% $83,200
50 Belleville 42,283 7.3% $96,000
51 South Holland 21,991 15.7% $150,200
52 Summit 11,398 10.0% $157,700
53 Kewanee 12,808 7.1% $59,700
54 Robinson 7,589 9.5% $76,700
55 Decatur 73,505 10.4% $80,600
56 Marseilles 5,058 10.6% $105,900
57 Rochelle 9,293 8.1% $112,500
58 Wood River 10,326 6.6% $83,900
59 Fox Lake 10,762 8.3% $142,400
60 Matteson 19,277 13.5% $157,100
61 East Moline 21,302 8.2% $108,200
62 Hazel Crest 13,935 13.5% $107,100
63 Streamwood 40,615 6.2% $174,200
64 Carbondale 26,196 10.2% $117,600
65 Manteno 8,800 8.6% $179,200
66 Milan 5,082 7.2% $97,000
67 Olney 8,910 8.1% $82,200
68 Peoria 115,424 10.6% $124,800
69 West Frankfort 7,867 11.8% $61,900
70 Joliet 148,172 7.4% $165,600
71 Paris 8,446 9.8% $72,600
72 Freeport 24,537 11.6% $75,300
73 Mount Carmel 7,032 9.6% $76,400
74 Galesburg 31,215 7.8% $73,500
75 Rantoul 13,190 6.4% $88,600
76 Berwyn 56,367 7.2% $179,800
77 Mattoon 17,370 8.2% $82,500
78 Canton 14,187 6.7% $85,500
79 Forest Park 14,127 8.5% $229,600
80 Pontoon Beach 5,881 7.7% $89,500
81 Clinton 7,260 9.2% $79,100
82 Carlinville 5,327 9.9% $89,600
83 Niles 29,823 5.1% $265,900
84 Crestwood 10,959 7.3% $126,600
85 Jacksonville 18,812 7.7% $98,500
86 Chicago Ridge 14,338 7.1% $153,300
87 Belvidere 25,358 8.7% $102,900
88 Northlake 12,376 6.9% $165,000
89 Pinckneyville 5,412 8.8% $77,400
90 Schiller Park 11,779 7.1% $183,800
91 Rock Island 38,560 9.2% $100,500
92 Alsip 19,302 10.2% $167,900
93 Du Quoin 5,876 8.6% $69,200
94 Burbank 29,081 8.6% $174,200
95 Springfield 116,313 8.1% $125,600
96 Silvis 7,586 5.4% $113,400
97 Monmouth 9,011 8.0% $71,100
98 Loves Park 24,320 7.4% $114,100
99 Chillicothe 6,214 6.5% $117,200
100 Melrose Park 25,447 6.9% $173,700

Like RoadSnacks on Facebook:

 Worst 

61 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Illinois For 2019

  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: 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…

    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

    1. Couldn’t agree more! The News media, big Newspapers cater to the whims of the urban big city, while they ignore small towns.

  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?

  37. “Who wants to live way out in Harvey?” Harvey might be a half hour drive from Chicago’s Loop but it’s only 2 towns away from Chicago city limits. Harvey was once a great place to live and there are still old timers still trying to pick it back up. Harvey also has a main transportation center for the Pace suburban bus line where you can get to anywhere you want to go and there are also 2 train stations for the Metra Electric train line that goes to Chicago.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *