These Are The 10 Dumbest Cities In Indiana


We used science and data to determine which of Indiana’s cities are dumb as rocks.

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Recently, the Washington Post published a study on the smartest states in America.

In the categories of SAT scores and college graduation rate, Indiana ranked as the eleventh dumbest state in America.

We’ll be looking at high school completion rates rather than college-related metrics of smartness, for the sake of figuring out which cities in Indiana are contributing to Indiana’s stupidity more than the rest.

After crunching the numbers, we came up with this list of the 10 dumbest cities in the Hoosier State:

  1. Westville (Photos)
  2. Logansport (Photos)
  3. Brazil (Photos)
  4. Lake Station
  5. Elkhart (Photos)
  6. East Chicago (Photos)
  7. Richmond (Photos)
  8. Washington (Photos)
  9. Shelbyville (Photos)
  10. Hammond (Photos)

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How we determined the dumbest cities in the Hoosier State

In order to rank the dumbest cities in Indiana, we had to determine what criteria defines a dumb person.

We started by making a list of every place in the U.S. with over 5,000 adults based on the 2014 American Community Survey. That left us with 90 places to rank.

We then looked at the following dumb-tastic criteria for each of the places on the list:

  • % of city’s population with less than a high school education (Age 25+)
  • % of high school dropouts (Ages 16-19)

Note: We only looked at the graduation rates of the entire population, not the current rates for high schoolers.

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1. Westville

Dumbest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Adult Population: 5,242
Less Than High School Education: 27.9%
High School Drop Out Rate: 42.3%

Westville is the dumbest city in Indiana by a seriously wide margin.

Its current high school dropout rate is shockingly high – 42.3% of students drop out before the age of 19, which is almost twice as bad as the second worst city in Indiana.

And the fact that nearly 28% of folks over 25 in Westville decided that high school was a waste of time (the second highest rate in Indiana) means that there aren’t a lot of role models instilling the importance of education into the upcoming generation.

Even still, it’s truly rare to see a dropout rate so much higher than the current rate of population without a high school degree, two facts which guarantee Westville will be the dumbest city in Indiana for years to come.

2. Logansport

Dumbest Indiana

Source: Flickr user Valerie Everett

Adult Population: 11,485
Less Than High School Education: 27.1%
High School Drop Out Rate: 15.8%

Logansport may seem like a city of geniuses compared to Westville, but it’s still the second dumbest city in Indiana.

More than a quarter of Logansport’s 25+ population never attained a high school degree, which is the third worst rate in all of Indiana.

The dropout rate of 15.8% is also the seventh worst in the state, meaning Logansport may be doomed to a fate of stupidity.

3. Brazil

Dumbest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Adult Population: 5,199
Less Than High School Education: 22.7%
High School Drop Out Rate: 10.4%

Brazil, Indiana, is the third dumbest city in the state, mostly because of the amount of adults living there that never completed high school.

22.7% of Brazil’s 25+ population doesn’t have a high school degree, the seventh worst rate in Indiana.

Couple that with the fact that more than 1 in 10 of Brazil’s high school students drop out before the age of 19 and it makes for one of the stupidest cities in Indiana.

4. Lake Station

Dumbest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Adult Population: 8,271
Less Than High School Education: 21.1%
High School Drop Out Rate: 11.8%

Lake Station is just behind Brazil in terms of its adult population without a high school degree, ranking as the 8th worst in the state.

While 1.6% more of the adult population completed high school in Lake Station than in Brazil, the dropout rate in Lake Station is 1.4% higher than Brazil.

With the higher rate of dropouts, Lake Station has a less intelligent future generation than Brazil.

5. Elkhart

Dumbest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Adult Population: 31,684
Less Than High School Education: 24.0% 4th worst
High School Drop Out Rate: 7.4%

Elkhart’s nickname may be the “The City with a Heart,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the city has a brain.

24% of Elkhart’s adult population never completed high school, which is the fourth worst in all of Indiana’s cities with populations over 5,000.

While Elkhart’s dropout rate isn’t as bad as the other cities in the top 5, it’s still pretty bad when 15 students in a class of 200 drop out of high school every year.

6. East Chicago

Dumbest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Adult Population: 16,712
Less Than High School Education: 28.2%
High School Drop Out Rate: 5.7%

Despite having the highest percentage of adults without high school degrees of any city in Indiana, East Chicago is only the sixth dumbest city in Indiana overall.

That’s because East Chicago has a fairly low rate of dropouts (the lowest on this list) of 5.7%, which is only slightly worse than the median rate in Indiana.

Still, the fact that nearly 3 in 10 adults never completed high school means that East Chicago has the least educated adult population in Indiana.

7. Richmond

Dumbest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Adult Population: 24,139
Less Than High School Education: 18.5%
High School Drop Out Rate: 11.3%

Richmond’s dropout rate is nearly twice as high as East Chicago’s, but 9.7% more of the adult population in Richmond has their high school degree.

Richmond’s rate of adults without high school degrees and dropout rates are both ranked the 15th worst out of the 90 cities in Indiana we looked at data for.

8. Washington

Dumbest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Adult Population: 7,546
Less Than High School Education: 16.1%
High School Drop Out Rate: 16.1%

Washington’s motto is “A City of Pride and Progress,” but, educationally, there’s no reason for the city to feel proud of its educational progress.

In fact, Washington’s dropout rate of 16.1% is the sixth worst in the state, and is equal to the percentage of the adult population without a high school degree.

That means if this rate continues, the next generation will be exactly as uneducated as its predecessors.

9. Shelbyville

Dumbest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Adult Population: 12,630
Less Than High School Education: 16.9%
High School Drop Out Rate: 12.2%

Shelbyville has the 11th highest rate of high school dropouts in Indiana, with a staggeringly high 12 out 100 students choosing not to complete basic education.

Compared to most cities on this list, the percentage of Shelbyville’s adult population without a GED isn’t so bad, but a city where 17 out of every 100 adults never completed basic education is still really high.

10. Hammond

Dumbest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Adult Population: 50,171
Less Than High School Education: 21.0%
High School Drop Out Rate: 7.2%

Hammond is the biggest city to make this list.

More than 1 in 5 of Hammond’s residents never completed high school, which is the ninth worst rate of all Indiana cities with populations greater than 5,000.

Hammond’s 7.2% dropout rate also puts it in the bottom 30% of all Indiana cities, which altogether makes for a really uneducated place to live.

Putting a dunce cap on our analysis

If you’re measuring the locations in Indiana where there are a high number of teenage dropouts and adults who never received a formal education, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the smartest cities in Indiana: Carmel, West Lafayette, Munster, Yorktown, Westfield.

Now that you’ve read about dumb people, you might enjoy reading about 30 things that will definitely happen to you when moving to Indiana.

Or, you might enjoy watching an amazing video shot with a drone in Indiana this summer.

Detailed List Of Dumbest Cities In Indiana

City Rank Adult Population Adults Without High School Diploma Teenage High School Drop Outs
Westville 1 5,242 27.9% 42.3%
Logansport 2 11,485 27.1% 15.8%
Brazil 3 5,199 22.7% 10.4%
Lake Station 4 8,271 21.1% 11.8%
Elkhart 5 31,684 24.0% 7.4%
East Chicago 6 16,712 28.2% 5.7%
Richmond 7 24,139 18.5% 11.3%
Washington 8 7,546 16.1% 16.1%
Shelbyville 9 12,630 16.9% 12.2%
Hammond 10 50,171 21.0% 7.2%
Seymour 11 12,336 15.8% 15.2%
Anderson 12 36,789 16.6% 10.7%
Gary 13 50,545 16.9% 9.3%
Frankfort 14 10,108 20.6% 6.0%
Madison 15 8,645 14.5% 19.6%
Plymouth 16 6,074 22.8% 5.2%
South Bend 17 63,997 15.5% 11.8%
Connersville 18 9,319 20.9% 5.5%
Martinsville 19 7,942 18.1% 7.2%
New Albany 20 24,720 16.4% 8.1%
Marion 21 18,893 18.9% 5.6%
Clarksville 22 14,536 15.4% 10.2%
Michigan City 23 21,250 16.0% 7.2%
Speedway 24 8,507 12.7% 16.7%
Greensburg 25 8,006 11.8% 21.9%
Elwood 26 5,631 17.2% 5.2%
Indianapolis 27 541,683 15.4% 6.3%
Evansville 28 80,315 12.8% 12.1%
Huntington 29 11,051 14.7% 7.4%
Beech Grove 30 9,212 13.7% 9.4%
Decatur 31 6,398 13.3% 10.2%
Mooresville 32 6,724 11.6% 16.7%
Terre Haute 33 37,766 15.3% 6.0%
Kendallville 34 6,373 12.0% 13.4%
Lebanon 35 10,478 11.9% 13.6%
La Porte 36 14,902 14.0% 7.1%
Columbia City 37 6,110 15.5% 5.2%
Goshen 38 20,093 22.9% 1.4%
Mishawaka 39 31,273 13.3% 7.0%
Wabash 40 7,219 14.0% 5.4%
Crawfordsville 41 9,877 15.9% 4.0%
Peru 42 7,582 20.3% 1.2%
Jasper 43 10,465 13.6% 5.2%
Bedford 44 9,345 18.8% 1.3%
Warsaw 45 9,505 16.1% 2.9%
Vincennes 46 11,025 16.5% 2.4%
Lafayette 47 44,203 13.6% 4.5%
New Castle 48 12,498 18.3% 1.2%
Jeffersonville 49 31,703 11.9% 5.7%
Hobart 50 20,250 11.5% 6.1%
Muncie 51 38,100 14.9% 3.9%
Kokomo 52 38,853 12.7% 5.1%
Lawrence 53 29,531 12.4% 5.2%
Princeton 54 5,663 10.8% 5.5%
Greenfield 55 14,062 8.8% 6.3%
Greencastle 56 5,253 12.9% 3.7%
Plainfield 57 19,772 9.4% 5.4%
Bluffton 58 6,459 12.9% 3.6%
Fort Wayne 59 162,405 11.8% 4.1%
Franklin 60 15,281 11.6% 4.1%
Portage 61 24,903 11.8% 4.0%
Valparaiso 62 19,875 7.4% 5.7%
Sellersburg 63 5,354 9.2% 4.4%
Charlestown 64 5,053 14.2% 0.0%
Cedar Lake 65 7,321 12.1% 2.3%
Crown Point 66 20,407 7.4% 5.1%
New Haven 67 10,381 11.2% 2.4%
Schererville 68 20,524 7.0% 4.2%
Greenwood 69 34,793 8.9% 2.8%
Columbus 70 30,620 8.9% 2.6%
Danville 71 6,051 7.9% 3.5%
Auburn 72 8,777 11.0% 0.0%
Chesterton 73 8,937 7.1% 3.4%
Highland 74 16,619 8.3% 2.3%
Merrillville 75 23,103 9.9% 0.2%
Noblesville 76 36,184 5.3% 4.0%
Griffith 77 11,027 9.5% 0.7%
Avon 78 8,782 5.5% 4.0%
St. John 79 10,386 3.0% 4.1%
Dyer 80 11,642 8.3% 1.4%
Lowell 81 5,878 7.5% 2.0%
Fishers 82 50,086 2.3% 4.0%
Zionsville 83 15,514 2.1% 3.2%
Brownsburg 84 15,103 5.9% 1.6%
Bloomington 85 36,920 7.0% 0.2%
Westfield 86 19,801 4.0% 1.3%
Yor 87 7,580 5.4% 0.0%
Munster 88 16,523 5.2% 0.0%
West Lafayette 89 11,773 4.5% 0.0%
Carmel 90 54,941 1.9% 0.8%

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9 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Dumbest Cities In Indiana

  1. Bullshit! Brazil is NOT that stupid! Terre haute is by far and away the single most stupid ass city in Indiana. You all need to re-evaluate your methodology

  2. I do not understand the need of the media to post negative things about a person’s hometown or state. Why couldn’t they post something like the 10 smartest cities?

  3. Don’t know where you get your statistics but you better check them a little closer. There hasn’t been a Brazil high school for many many many years. LOL

  4. I think the criteria violates the premise. When cities like Terre Haute use federal grant money to create what amount to virtual holding pens for students who would otherwise drop out of high school and keep them around long enough to hand them an anything-but-earned diploma, the data is highly misleading.

  5. Brazil …sin city… Bag chasers , incest, prison hoppen ,meth dealers , so called job hoppers lmao ik I live there …… Keep stuff chained up on the porch .

  6. Welcome to Indiana. What might as well be called the white trash capital of the Midwest because of the white trash behavior of so many of its citizens. Add in generations of familial incest, high alcohol usage, heavy drug usage, and a total lack of education. Not to mention a lack of dedication towards getting an education within generations of families which is a large part of the problem in Indiana and why the state is going backwards. Add in the fact that about 30% of the population if not more is severely overweight and has white trash tendencies as well. When you look at the lack of education, overweight people, drug and alcohol abuse and lack of self-respect it explains why Indiana is a white trash haven

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