The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Chicago For 2021

We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Chicago that are the real pits.

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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 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Chicago.
Worst Neighborhoods In Chicago

Chicago has close to 450 murders a year, so you should probably look at RoadSnacks' list of the worst neighborhoods in Chi-town for 2021 before you make any life changing decisions.

But first, how did we create our list? In order to determine Chicago's worst neighborhoods, we had to give each neighborhood an actual concrete score: we call this a neighborhood's overall 'Snackability'. To get this score, we looked at the latest census data on income levels, unemployment rates, crime, and home prices for 77 Chicago neighborhoods with over 2,000 residents.

As you can imagine, Chicago's worst neighborhoods did not have very good scores. Folks, the kind of neighborhoods we're talking about have carjackings happening in broad daylight, daily robberies, and a bunch of nothing good happens after dark crimes. There are currently 13,500 police officers that patrol Chicago, but the city houses 3 million residents. Law enforcement is doing their best to clean up the city's worst neighborhoods, but they can't be everywhere. And, if you guessed that most of Chicago's worst neighborhoods are South of the city, you guessed right. Sadly, Chicago's South Side is probably the reason the city as a whole is one of the most dangerous cities in the country.

We're not saying that Chicago is all bad. Matter of fact, there's actually a lot of safe fun to be had in a lot of pretty awesome neighborhoods. For instance, North Center really brings their A-game with their Holiday Delight every year and you definitely shouldn't miss Logan Square's Art's Festival. But, we're here to talk about Chicago's worst.

So, want to know what Chicago neighborhoods you should avoid if you value your life? Keep reading.

This is our fifth time ranking Chicago's worst neighborhoods, so trust us when we say that these neighborhoods are "no bueno"!. The Monsters of the Midway wouldn't even feel safe in these places.

So, what's the worst neighborhood in Chicago for 2021? The worst neighborhood in Chicago based on the data would be Riverdale.

If you want to know where the where the rest of Chicago's worst neighborhoods are located, take a look below; and If you don't see what you're looking for there, head to the bottom.

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Chicago For 2021

Riverdale Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 7,361
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $24,186 (worst)
Median Income: $15,894 (worst)
More on Riverdale:  Data

Welcome to Riverdale, the most dangerous neighborhood in Chicago. This little nook of the windy city is about halfway between downtown and Chicago heights, along I-94. If you find yourself lost, don't get off on E. 130th Street. That's Riverdale. That's bad.

This is what it's like in Riverdale after dark. About 1 in 4 residents here doesn't work and entire families make an absurdely low $14,000 a year. Riverdale kinda resembles a third world country in some blocks.

Can we interest anyone in a $24,186 house in Riverdale? No? Okay then

Englewood Chicago, IL

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Population: 25,858
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $70,261 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $23,317 (3rd worst)
More on Englewood:  Data

Englewood is a pretty notoriously horrible area in Chicago. Home to about 25,858 people, this hood sits between Garfield and 75th Street, on the west side of I-90. About 40% of people live in poverty, and crime is off the charts. There were about 40 murders in this neighborhood alone last year.

At one point, 100,000 people lived in the Englewood neighborhood. Now, it's more like 25,858.

You'd be a fool to walk through this neighborhood in the day, and might not want to walk through here at night.

Washington Park Chicago, IL

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Population: 11,871
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $104,058 (9th worst)
Median Income: $24,556 (5th worst)
More on Washington Park:  Data

Looking for a job in Washington Park? Good luck. A dismal economy makes this section of Chicago's South Side one of the toughest places to live in the city.

The area sports a massive unemployment rate of 16.2%. Even the available jobs don't pay very well. The median income sits at just $24,556. Those low wages make it difficult to afford a house in the neighborhood. The median home price stands at $104,058.

Life in Washington Park has its upside. Most of all, there's the namesake park. It also has notable cultural spots, such as the DuSable Museum of African American History.

Fuller Park Chicago, IL

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Population: 2,348
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $109,700 (11th worst)
Median Income: $22,962 (2nd worst)
More on Fuller Park:  Data

Historically, Fuller Park is one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago. Given its sagging economy, it's not surprising that this part of the city's South Side suffers a high crime rate. All told, these factors make Fuller Park one of the least appealing sections of Chicago.

High-paying jobs are scarce for the 2,348 residents of the area. The unemployment rate comes in at 13.6%, while the median income hovers at $22,962. The lack of funds makes it difficult to find affordable housing, especially with median home prices at $109,700.

Fuller Park doesn't exist as concentrated urban blight, of course. It has many charming features. For instance, the namesake park contains an environmental education project housed in the Eden Place Nature Center.

West Englewood Chicago, IL

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Population: 30,662
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $90,438 (4th worst)
Median Income: $30,441 (12th worst)
More on West Englewood:  Data

Where's the worst neighborhood in the city of Chicago? That would be right next door in West Englewood. This true hood has 30,662 people who live in the worst conditions in the city.

It ranks in the bottom three in home values and income levels and in the top 3 for crime.

Some Chicago neighborhoods are hard to tell apart. But you can tell who's from West Englewood though. They're the ones with the 40, a pistol, a beat up car and a pit bull.

Burnside Chicago, IL

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Population: 2,423
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $100,900 (7th worst)
Median Income: $25,642 (6th worst)
More on Burnside:  Data

Fun fact: Chicago's Burnside neighborhood is named for Civil War General Ambrose Burnside, the same guy whose trademark facial hair gave us the term "sideburns." Not so fun fact: Burnside is one of the worst places to live in the city.

Situated in city's South Side, the neighborhood faced devastating economic hardships as manufacturing facilities in the area shut down in the second half of the 20th century. These troubles persist today. The median income in the area comes to $25,642, while the 2,423 residents face a 9.6% unemployment rate.

The area has its charming aspects as well. Local families love Burnside Park. Meanwhile, for such a small neighborhood, Burnside is considered to have a hopping nightlife.

South Deering Chicago, IL

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Population: 14,598
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $88,955 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $37,207 (25th worst)
More on South Deering:  Data

One of the southern-most neighborhoods in Chicago, South Deering used to be supported by local steel refineries. Those boom times are long gone at this point, and the area now ranks among the least appealing spots in the city.

The local economy is not kind to the 14,598 residents of South Deering. The unemployment rate holds at an eye-popping 14.5%. And the available jobs often afford only the barest minimum. The median income stands at $37,207.

Despite its troubles, South Deering has a long cultural heritage. People flock from all over to visit the famed seafood restaurant Calumet Fisheries.

Pullman Chicago, IL

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Population: 6,565
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $107,912 (10th worst)
Median Income: $38,397 (26th worst)
More on Pullman:  Data

Pullman was first built as a company town. The neighborhood gets its name from the Pullman Company, a luxury railroad car maker that saw its heyday during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Of course, train manufacturing isn't the cutting-edge business it used to be, and the Pullman area has felt the brunt of the changing economic situation. It now stands as one of the worst places in Chicago to call home.

The boom times for this area are more than 100 years in the past at this point. Now, the unemployment rate sits at 13.0% and median income comes in at $38,397.

Still, its long history gives Pullman a lot of character. Check out the stunning Pullman National Monument Visitor Center, the former administration business for company.

South Chicago Chicago, IL

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Population: 27,113
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $101,252 (8th worst)
Median Income: $32,122 (14th worst)
More on South Chicago:  Data

South Chicago has a lot going for it. It borders Lake Michigan, meaning its 27,113 residents can spend summer weekends at the beach. It also houses a long list of gorgeous churches, including St. Michael's, which was originally completed in 1909.

Despite these charms, however, South Chicago stands as one of the worst living areas in all of Chicago. This unfortunate distinction comes largely from the tough economy. Residents have trouble finding work, with a whopping 13.2% unemployment rate. Meanwhile, what jobs there are remain low paying. The median income sits at $32,122.

Grand Crossing Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 32,217
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $112,668 (14th worst)
Median Income: $30,799 (13th worst)
More on Grand Crossing:  Data

Our next stop on our crummy tour through Chicago takes us to Grand Crossing, a hood with 32,217 people located between 67th and 79th. It's near the lake, but you wouldn't want to go near it.

Crime is 8th worst, income levels are around $30,799, and homes average $112,668.

They certainly won't be throwing any parades in Grand Crossing any time soon, that's for sure.

How we determined the worst Chicago hoods in 2021

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 places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Chicago:

  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one's willing to pay to live here)
  • High crime (Estimated)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a "Worst Score".

The neighborhood with the lowest "Worst Score" ranks as the worst neighborhood of Chicago.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Chicago to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 77 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.

The 'hoods around Chicago that are really hoods

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Chicago with Riverdale landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Chicago aren't all bad. North Center takes the cake as the best place to live in Chicago.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Chicago For 2021?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Riverdale 7,361 $24,186 $15,894
2 Englewood 25,858 $70,261 $23,317
3 Washington Park 11,871 $104,058 $24,556
4 Fuller Park 2,348 $109,700 $22,962
5 West Englewood 30,662 $90,438 $30,441
6 Burnside 2,423 $100,900 $25,642
7 South Deering 14,598 $88,955 $37,207
8 Pullman 6,565 $107,912 $38,397
9 South Chicago 27,113 $101,252 $32,122
10 Grand Crossing 32,217 $112,668 $30,799
11 West Pullman 27,416 $99,938 $36,883
12 North Lawndale 35,417 $126,400 $26,510
13 Chatham 30,760 $100,130 $35,343
14 Roseland 42,306 $111,072 $39,535
15 New City 41,153 $110,614 $32,588
16 Auburn Gresham 45,607 $115,671 $32,470
17 East Garfield Park 20,100 $150,056 $27,141
18 Woodlawn 22,658 $130,409 $25,807
19 West Garfield Park 17,277 $140,887 $24,266
20 Oakland 5,180 $157,000 $35,228
21 Chicago Lawn 53,841 $124,714 $34,909
22 South Shore 47,197 $167,563 $26,786
23 Avalon Park 9,638 $159,970 $45,242
24 Grand Boulevard 22,603 $158,817 $36,187
25 Austin 97,012 $149,598 $36,124
26 Washington Heights 26,845 $130,192 $49,725
27 East Side 22,550 $117,919 $44,652
28 Douglas 19,514 $145,570 $39,212
29 Calumet Heights 13,240 $152,919 $49,176
30 Humboldt Park 55,833 $154,009 $36,095
31 Archer Heights 13,239 $187,340 $46,363
32 Armour Square 13,391 $221,250 $27,790
33 Hegewisch 9,039 $140,800 $61,614
34 Gage Park 40,693 $128,630 $40,566
35 Morgan Park 23,647 $186,465 $69,655
36 Mckinley Park 16,026 $199,955 $43,639
37 Lower West Side 33,150 $208,108 $40,724
38 South Lawndale 73,519 $138,019 $32,212
39 O'hare 12,706 $154,657 $47,915
40 Ashburn 43,133 $159,289 $66,956
41 Kenwood 14,112 $250,519 $47,591
42 West Lawn 33,314 $161,496 $52,390
43 Near West Side 61,845 $248,351 $64,399
44 Garfield Ridge 35,441 $197,874 $69,182
45 Brighton Park 44,212 $168,703 $39,500
46 Clearing 24,934 $174,810 $61,588
47 Rogers Park 53,183 $195,897 $38,837
48 Belmont Cragin 77,859 $204,209 $46,654
49 West Elsdon 19,771 $164,933 $53,245
50 North Park 18,562 $282,400 $62,644
51 Hermosa 24,225 $229,088 $39,659
52 Uptown 55,359 $205,151 $47,665
53 Bridgeport 32,495 $270,989 $46,467
54 Montclare 12,903 $197,208 $52,361
55 Hyde Park 24,100 $272,248 $56,899
56 Pottage Park 64,285 $248,275 $59,222
57 Beverly 20,831 $289,660 $99,102
58 West Ridge 73,660 $235,196 $54,223
59 Avondale 37,884 $282,354 $49,249
60 Mount Greenwood 18,990 $224,582 $91,682
61 Loop 32,384 $331,150 $98,220
62 Dunning 43,244 $229,478 $60,896
63 Near South Side 21,930 $318,671 $80,646
64 Jefferson Park 26,594 $282,741 $69,751
65 Edgewater 48,951 $241,938 $51,873
66 Norwood Park 37,477 $293,731 $77,558
67 Irving Park 55,070 $291,907 $62,620
68 Albany Park 51,193 $273,641 $58,075
69 West Town 84,995 $407,865 $81,403
70 Forest Glen 18,298 $421,818 $112,032
71 Logan Square 73,470 $338,254 $67,769
72 Near North Side 83,049 $434,335 $97,802
73 Lincoln Square 41,305 $381,276 $72,563
74 Edison Park 11,128 $345,364 $98,327
75 Lincoln Park 64,965 $508,008 $99,720
76 Lake View 97,804 $373,419 $88,165
77 North Center 34,931 $545,871 $99,384

49 thoughts on “The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Chicago For 2021

  1. That you have 533 thumbs up on this b.s. article says a lot about your readers and what they don’t know as well as their gullibility when jargon accompanied by “statistics” as fact. The moment I saw Riverdale on your list, I knew the whole thing was b.s. Riverdale is NOT a Chicago neighborhood!

    1. Check it out…Riverdale, one of the 77 official community areas of Chicago, Illinois, is located on the city’s far south side.

  2. This entire website is just “science and data” on every US state around.

    Someone needs to hack and crash this place

    1. Chicago is a crime ridden high tax having mob run two tier economical shit hole of a city!! My baby mama is from the Shy.I lived there for a year and its only good to visit unless you make 300k to 1mil a year is the only way to live comfortable.I make 100k a year and i wouldn’t be considered Middle class in Chicago!F**# Chicago!!

  3. Commenters probably live near 94 , below 55. All those areas are shit and not to be exited to from highway

  4. What I am having a problem understanding is how the median income is so low that anyone could even afford one of the houses. Example Riverdale median income $14,000 average home sells for $90,000. Nobody making $14,000 could buy a house for $90,000.

  5. Thanks for the guide. I need to drive AROUND Chicago to
    get to Wisc. this summer. I’d like to avoid getting shot, if

  6. I guess this new day in age is I’m a teenager. I don’t need school I’ll sell drugs better yet forget education. I’ll rob somebody oh crap I didn’t know he was packing cops don’t care nobody cares so neighbourhoods go to crap stay in school knowledge is the real respect no work leave find a job else where. If you believe you can or you can’t your right either way.

  7. Hey all I can do is quote the old

    Whenever there is blood in the street, buy the property
    Which means if people are foolish enough to give up prime property out of fears then capitalize on it

  8. This is incorrect… As an example, Logan Square has had more homicides than neighborhoods like, Bridgeport, Dunning and Clearing in the last several years. This list was likely created by a suburbanite that ranked the neighborhoods based on his or her desire to live in them due to it being trendy to do so. There are more muggings, burglaries and thefts in Lakeview than Dunning. But, there’s no cool s*** to do in Dunning.

    Clearing, Bronzeville, Hyde Park and Bridgeport are all on the South side, and have lower crime rates than Logan Square. Only places like Beverly are safer than Clearing. That neighborhood is almost all cops and firefighters.

    The person that wrote this clearly did no unbiased empirical research.

    1. Exactly what I was thinking when I read this! Sure we get a lot of petty crime where I live, domestic stuff, a few burgleries, some people breaking in to cars on the streets, but nothing like Lakeview.

      You know why? Cuz people aren’t stupid; they know they’re neighbors probably aren’t exactly living any better than their own families. But those people in Lakeview, look at their median incomes… that’s why you get more crime there. In other words, Robin got smart by going to the richer hoods. Robin knows information like what’s above without having someone put it on a stupid list; anywayone who’s lived here a few years usually knows at least a little of that. They say they took crime into account, but my guess it was just number of crimes not actual types of crimes or severity of crimes. If that were true, I don’t know that Lakeview would be so close to the top. It looks like they mostly based it on income rather than anything else, or like that got more weight. Because where you live somehow determines what you make when we all know it’s actually the other way around. Yeah, think I’m gonna call bullshit on this article, too.

      And even if you’ve lived in Chicago for years, don’t think you know all the neighborhoods. Try actually looking something up instead of poopooing it because it happens to have the same name as a TV show and making yourself look like an ass. I’d never heard of Riverdale either, but it’s a very real place. I’d also never heard of several other neighborhoods on this list, but you don’t hear me going, “Oh, those can’t possibly be real places just because *I* have not heard of them.”

      And to the flaming assholes who are insinuating that you will get shot merely by driving through the city of Chicago: your ignorance does no one any favors, certainly least of all you. Why don’t you just take the long way around, stay the hell out of our city altogether, and we’ll all be happier and probably safer. People who live here know that the last thing we need are idiots driving around with loaded phallical replacements waiting to spray your load on accident if you get to excited and grab it the wrong way or, heaven forbid, get in an accident or something. I mean good God, how stupid do you have to be? Oh yeah, you’re certain kind… the kind that thinks that the answer to guns is obviously more guns. B/c obviously you’re really thinking ahead. If you did get shot, you’d really be in a position to shoot the other guy, b/c he’ll stick around to let you aim correctly to make up for speed and angle of you’re vehicles and the fact that he’ll be already past you at that point already anyways… I mean in this imaginary drive-by situation, right?…

      Maybe you’ll get lucky and it’ll happen in one of those high income neighborhoods where the police respond pretty quickly to calls and you won’t die before the paramedics can get you to one of our rare trauma centers. No, I’m being serious here: if you get shot, it’s not like you can just go to any hospital and your care will be the same regardless of whichever one you end up at. You want to end up at one of the trauma centers.

      Yeah, but none of that will change your mind. I’m still just an angry black man from the south side *insert tons of awful incendiary things…* I’m too tired to keep this up.

      Stop Being Stupid Assholes! It’s *that* easy. Just use your brains a little and really think things through using a bit of common sense. And try listening to the people that live here. We’ll tell you what it’s really like. Trust me, you are far better off living in a neighborhood with a bunch of first responders than you are with a bunch of rich folks any day.

  9. I live in an upper middle class neighborhood on the South Side, and I’ve always loved that whites are too scared and brainwashed by propoganda to come here most of the time. It keeps them from attempting to take over the neighborhood the way they try to take over everything they see and want. Keep your tanning salons and dog bakeries on the North Side. Go hide out there. Drive around the South Side. We don’t want you here.

    1. Well there is not white on white gun violence in Glenview, Morton Grove, Wilmette. White kids aren’t out shooting innocent people because they can’t even aim and fire a gun correctly and end up killing your elderly and babies. I grew up at Chicago Ave and Keeler. When my Native American grandmother bought that property in 1970 it was a European neighborhood. Everyone took care of their property. Beautiful gardens and even the alleys were clean.We would sit out on the porch all evening in the summer.No crime block parties everyone looked out for one another .If a stranger came into our neighborhood we knew immediately because we all had a sense of community. There were no run down homes,or rat infestation, or graffiti, drug addicts, poverty, or gangs. Slowly the neighborhood changed. Home owners started moving to the burbs where they could buy new larger homes. African Americans started buying the 3 flats and bungalows at Chicago Ave and Keeler by 1976 the neighborhood was dangerous
      Gangs and drugs replaced everything beautiful. We moved north. It hurts to see my beloved childhood home look like it needs to be condemned. The property my grandmother worked so hard to buy on her own. The Church that i was baptized at still sadly stands the school closed. Filth and violence is what remains.So who in your opinion destroyed these neighborhoods? The only time we drive around the south side is to score drugs.Do you think we want to drive around and look at the destruction and despair? The patches of dirt where flowers and grass once grew. The buildings with spraypaint and years of neglect broken windows with curtains blowing in the breeze. Not a movie theatre or major store in sight. You took over our neighborhood get the facts straight. When you got home loans for the first time in the 1960s. Yes we want to restore Chicago!! Yes we will buy you out and fix all the destruction. You mention tanning salons and dog bakeries ? Lmao you think your liquor stores ,currency exchanges and greasy arab chicken shacks are a treasure for any neighborhood? Get ready to move to Evanston, you are already destroying there.

  10. This article is full of . happens all over the city, I can go through any neighborhood and not be bothered. And what the writer is saying if the neighborhood is black, stay out, yet white people been flocking to black neighborhoods since way back. To party, get drugs or get laid, the all the way the “F” up out of here

    1. When does the author mention anything about blacks vs. white? lol Not once is race mentioned…it’s all based on unemployment and crime you dipshit.

    1. You think because of one typo you spotted, it’s poorly written?
      Could you forward some of your published articles, they must be quite high-brow. I cant wait to read them in their complete, informative , thought provoking perfection.

  11. Most of this is crap. There are 6 million people who don’t get into trouble so it’s the same ones who hold the rest hostage. At one time these social misfits were carted off to mental institutions before they became problems for society in general. When people function at a low level they become involved in circular retaliatory behavior and God help those who get in between.

  12. The poor grammar and staunch aggression of the folks who are commenting only validate the article. So many people who are shown numbers and facts and still retreat to their bubble.

    This article was very interesting. Thank you for publishing.

  13. I’ve lived in Chicago and am not p. c. or a snowflake. Everything in Chicago comes to race at some point, you’re just not supposed to say it out loud. The people complaining about this article probably live in these places and are part of the causation of the reasons these places are on this list. I am old enough to have seen the transition of these places, and no they didn’t begin that way. The transition Chicago as a whole is going through right now eerily reflects it and for the same reasons. Do your own research. Study the history of these places, Englewood is particularly obvious and then there are others like Markham and Country Club Hills. Very personal to me and I have observed with my own eyes with sadness,disgust band now nostalgia. These are neighboring suburbs but drastically different ,have been since the late 60’s and early seventies yet CCH is different now. It will never be Markham but why? Study the history and demographic changes ,primarily race ,yeah I said it. And as go through the years and study the changes watch the S. O. L. in each go down. Coincidence? I’d like to go to the track with those odds. Or is it just people who notice are racists?Or just called racist or if they are the same race self haters though they are as different from the perpetrators as night and day. How dare we…Say it out loud. People can have opinions. But facts are facts.

    1. I don’t think anyone can dispute a fact. But people can twist statistics to suit their own narrative on something. Fact: The demographics have changed drastically in terms of race in certain areas across the city. Fact: Things like red-lining, intentional government spending on roads for suburban commuting, people’s actual attempts to escape de-segregated schools, real estate scams like block busting, and other less-than savory institutional racist/classist tactics by both goverments and other wealthier steakholders contributed to decades of “white flight”. In fact, the affects of red-lining are still pretty clear today. Consider at how many white families have had the chance to own even a modest home in the burbs compared to the number of black families? Consider the advantages that can bring if a whilte family can pass that house down through a generation or two.

      And consider this, too. You take a group of people who are poorly educated thanks to our countries segregation laws, thus poorly prepared for jobs and no where near able to compete on a level playing field with their usually financially better-off and certainly better educated white counterparts–and that’s if the person judging the “competition” had a blindfold on and doesn’t care about race–and how often do you think that person’s going to get the job? And how often is that opportunity going to actually present itself to a black person as opposed to someone who’s white living in the suburbs? Don’t forget, along with “white flight” went the tax base along with many of the jobs as well.

      So you have to consider the institutional and historical things happening and not just say “it’s about black/brown and white”. B/c it’s obviously not that simple. It never is.

  14. There are only two things that run Chicago; gangs with their guns and drugs, and the corrupt politicians who have ignored the cities growing violent crime problem. The study is not published as an attack on the city or the people who live or grew up there, it’s a fact based assessment that shed’s light on which communities are in the most trouble and need based on income and population. You can fact check the crime stats by simply reading the published assessment on crime (2017) in Chicago’s annual report. Anyone who ignores the violent gun violence in Chicago, obviously does not feel compelled to change the course of the cities ever growing violent crime problem. Chicago has had 55 mayors elected into office since 1837, 38 of those public elected officials are Democrats. Since 1923 the Democratic Party in Chicago has maintain political control of that city, the last Republican elected to office was in 1915.
    Does anyone see a problem here? The city lacks diversity, lacks perspective, and has systematically ignored their responsibility to bring opportunity, growth, safety, and equality to all communities in Chicago. Leadership is not going to correct the violence in Chicago, the people who live there and love their city need to bring the change needed to repair and heal a broken system of corruption, greed, and wasteful spending of resources.
    The narrative or characterization of Black on Black violence is what it is, and the Democrat’s have ignored this problem long enough. Making more restrictive gun laws or regulations have not impacted the crime or violence in the above mentioned communities; and that fact has made those political powers in public office very uncomfortable so they have simply turned away from addressing it. Until the city finds a solution to the violence, the gangs, drugs, and guns will rule the day and everyone of those communities. It seems to me the voters are the problem not the leadership, keep electing corrupt people into office and the end result is what you have seen published in this report, by the way other reports also support this assessment, like the annual assessment of Chicago’s overall crime, it’s there for your reading. There are great people that love Chicago, it’s time for change because one more death or murder of any person in that city is one too many. Also, spending $375 million on a Presidential library seems like the same old song & dance of wasted money and resources don’t you think? Wonder what would happen if investment of that money went to those top 10 communities that are the most in need of public resources? There’s your problem!!!

  15. The author of this article very likely has never set foot in any of these Chicago neighborhoods. I grew up in and lived in Oak Park, five blocks from Chicago’s westside, and I can say with certainty that the author has little more than a clue of what he’s talking about.

  16. Read “The Color Of Law: A Forgotten History Of How Our Government Segregated America” by Rothstein which outlines the history of how the U.S govt help create these ghettos’

    1. Yes sadly, the U.S. Govt, via Federally Insured loans to banks who handed out these mortgages controlled who could ultimately benefit from the loans. As an aside, many Asians have worked around this by self (group) funding. But you’re correct, Rothstein also describes how the U.S. Govt. was funding developers only if they would agree to write-in restricted/limited access in the actual property title documents Those individuals who were given loans / mortgages then had the opportunity to create personal and generational wealth through simple home value appreciation.

  17. Which of these neighborhoods are you most likely to be killed by white uneducated MAGA wearing haters of black gay men? Egged on by Trump. We know thats the real problem , right? Raum?

  18. Wow freedom your nuts, Rob you a little 6 yr old girl and the rest of you that talk like you can’t move around in this great city don’t have a CLUE.
    ETC ETC.

  19. Duh… My father smoked all his life and never got lung disease, which proves that cigarettes don’t cause cancer. Not only that, but anyone who disagrees with me is an expletive. Lol.

  20. Have you been to Chicago guys?
    Austin, West Garfield Park and West Humboldt Park typically have the highest murder rate in the city, if not the world. They certainly have the most overall murders. Those neighborhoods are on the West side of the city. There are many others.

  21. As a 30-year veteran of the Chicago Police Dept. who had worked Homicide throughout the city, the CPD’s 11th District on the West Side which includes Garfield Park is the perennial worst for murder and other violent crimes.

  22. Yeeeeeah, most of these neighborhoods are majority black and this list reeks of racism. I’m a white female and I go to South Chicago pretty frequently without feeling threatened. It’s home to some fascinating Chicago history, including some Blues Brothers filming locations and the abandoned steel mill, which sits on the only unoccupied stretch of lakefront in the city. Pullman is undergoing an incredible transformation and is absolutely worth a visit, especially to view the historic homes and visit the museum. None of these places have roving gunmen shooting anyone they see. The violence is primarily between rival neighborhood cliques and they really don’t give a crap about you. Generally speaking, I’d give the same advice for visiting these neighborhoods as I would anywhere else: pay attention, keep your valuables safe, stay on major roads, and walk like you belong there. Anyone looking to steal something or harm someone is looking for an opportunity, and if you don’t give one, you’re fine. These communities have some phenomenal people, restaurants, things to do, etc., and to put this kind of crap out there further oppresses them for being black/brown and low-income.

  23. This is completely racist, systemically. To identify the “worst” neighborhoods and measure them by property value and unemployment rates… that’s racist. The fact that many of the neighborhoods in Chicago experienced white flight and result in more segregation and lower property values in the city, that speaks to the flaws in your equation that determines better or worse. Not only that, this country is historically set up to block people of color from job and education opportunities that directly impact unemployment rates. And then let’s talk about unemployment rates due to racist employers denying jobs to people of color… or even worse… hiring people of color but not paying them equal pay. So your entire equation is off and NOBODY should take this serious. If you searched for this and found it on the internet… consider yourself RACIST too.

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