The 10 Worst Aurora Suburbs For 2021


We used science and data to determine which Aurora suburbs 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 seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Aurora.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Aurora.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Aurora 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Aurora area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Aurora proper, although River Forest certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Aurora are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 142 biggest suburbs of Aurora to find out the worst places to live. And while you won't necessarily find them on the worst places to live in illinois lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Aurora in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Aurora for 2021:

  1. Summit
  2. Sheridan
  3. Northlake
  4. Bridgeview
  5. DeKalb
  6. Stone Park
  7. Maywood
  8. Justice
  9. Cicero
  10. Hillside

What's the worst suburb of Aurora? Summit ranks as the worst suburb of Aurora for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Aurora that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.

Or, if you're thinking of moving to elsewhere in illinois check out the best places in illinois overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Aurora too.

Editor's Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it's because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

For more Illinois reading, check out:

The 10 Worst Aurora Suburbs To Live For 2021

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,260
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $47,377 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $170,800 (17th lowest)
More on Summit:  Data

We'll get the ball rolling with Summit, the absolute worst place to live around Aurora according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Summit beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 2nd worst in the Aurora area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 17th worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it's cheap to live there. But there's a reason for that... it's Summit.

You won't feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren't a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,713
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 7)
Median Income: $61,875 (26th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (39th highest)
Median Home Value: $148,600 (3rd lowest)
More on Sheridan:  Data

Welcome to Sheridan. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 25.8 miles to Aurora. Income levels here are the 26th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $61,875 a year, which doesn't go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,290
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $55,305 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (20th highest)
Median Home Value: $181,700 (26th lowest)
More on Northlake:  Data

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Aurora suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Northlake on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that's an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it's in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Aurora suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

Bridgeview, IL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,124
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $55,687 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $183,400 (27th lowest)
More on Bridgeview:  Data | Photos

If you live in Bridgeview, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 12th lowest Aurora suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 12th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Aurora. Remember, we looked at 142 cities for this study.

Bridgeview is about 25.0 miles to downtown.

Dekalb, IL

Source: Wikipedia User |
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 42,908
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Median Income: $45,020 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.5% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $157,900 (8th lowest)
More on Dekalb:  Data | Photos

DeKalb has the distinction of being a Aurora suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, DeKalb has the 8th lowest home values in the metro Aurora area, where the median price is $157,900. To put that into perspective, in River Forest, the median income is $203,368, which is the best in the area.

DeKalb has an unemployment rate of 9.52% which ranks 3rd worst.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,894
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 8)
Median Income: $59,778 (17th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (16th highest)
Median Home Value: $118,500 (2nd lowest)
More on Stone Park:  Data

Stone Park has 4,894 residents that probably know it's a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you've ever been there, you don't need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 14.405394360441356%.

Maywood, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 23,578
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $50,176 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.5% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $151,300 (5th lowest)
More on Maywood:  Data | Photos

Ah, Maywood. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Aurora.

It's the place with the 2nd most out of work residents in the Aurora metro area (11.54%).

Justice, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 12,800
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $51,017 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $180,600 (24th lowest)
More on Justice:  Data | Photos

Justice is a city about 23.9 miles from Aurora, but Aurora probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You'd be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. Justice has the 7th most uninsured people, 8th worst incomes, and has the 13th highest unemployment rate (6.74%) in the entire Aurora metro area.

Homes only cost $180,600 for a reason. That's cheap for Aurora standards.

Cicero, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 82,330
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Median Income: $49,367 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (34th highest)
Median Home Value: $165,100 (11th lowest)
More on Cicero:  Data | Photos

If you absolutely have to live near Aurora, then Cicero might be a place for you to consider as it's only the 9th worst Aurora suburb.

About 5.33% of residents are out of work.

Hillside, IL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,080
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Median Income: $57,298 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.0% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $171,900 (22nd lowest)
More on Hillside:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Aurora suburbs to call home is Hillside.

Located 21.2 miles outside the city, Hillsides is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 6th highest unemployment rate (7.97%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Aurora for 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 cities have the least amount of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2015-2019, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Aurora.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 142 suburbs to evaluate around Aurora.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 142 in each category, where 1 was the "worst".

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the "Worst Suburb near Aurora." We're lookin' at you, Summit. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.

The areas around Aurora where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Aurora with Summit casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Aurora aren't all bad. River Forest takes the cake as the best place to live around Aurora.

  • River Forest
  • Western Springs
  • La Grange

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Aurora Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Summit 11,260 $47,377 $170,800
2 Sheridan 2,713 $61,875 $148,600
3 Northlake 12,290 $55,305 $181,700
4 Bridgeview 16,124 $55,687 $183,400
5 Dekalb 42,908 $45,020 $157,900
6 Stone Park 4,894 $59,778 $118,500
7 Maywood 23,578 $50,176 $151,300
8 Justice 12,800 $51,017 $180,600
9 Cicero 82,330 $49,367 $165,100
10 Hillside 8,080 $57,298 $171,900
11 Chicago Ridge 14,153 $48,886 $160,500
12 Elgin 112,653 $69,041 $186,000
13 Schiller Park 11,621 $54,099 $203,200
14 Melrose Park 25,605 $50,870 $192,000
15 Lyons 10,470 $60,168 $169,800
16 Joliet 147,826 $70,509 $181,100
17 Carpentersville 37,872 $68,997 $171,600
18 Worth 10,633 $60,516 $171,200
19 Plano 11,752 $73,233 $165,500
20 Hometown 4,272 $50,548 $117,100
21 Bellwood 18,996 $56,557 $151,200
22 Franklin Park 17,956 $63,971 $203,800
23 Crest Hill 20,550 $56,616 $169,200
24 Alsip 19,022 $63,312 $171,400
25 Broadview 7,755 $54,219 $158,900
26 West Chicago 27,180 $78,116 $249,500
27 Burbank 28,729 $62,573 $192,600
28 Bensenville 18,281 $62,756 $217,300
29 River Grove 10,076 $59,814 $211,200
30 Berkeley 5,116 $64,193 $178,700
31 Rosemont 4,255 $60,588 $371,500
32 East Dundee 3,181 $68,490 $197,800
33 Palos Hills 17,318 $61,143 $203,800
34 Crestwood 10,831 $61,132 $154,300
35 Romeoville 39,666 $79,183 $186,100
36 Berwyn 55,407 $62,758 $211,700
37 Hanover Park 37,984 $76,615 $195,300
38 Wood Dale 13,796 $70,552 $236,900
39 Addison 36,896 $67,337 $250,100
40 Glendale Heights 34,079 $68,495 $194,400
41 Sandwich 7,297 $65,984 $171,000
42 Oak Lawn 55,936 $64,476 $204,000
43 Hickory Hills 13,816 $65,226 $229,700
44 Morris 14,237 $63,562 $200,000
45 Countryside 5,961 $60,833 $228,100
46 Stickney 6,679 $65,257 $191,000
47 Des Plaines 58,673 $69,760 $256,700
48 Harwood Heights 8,487 $64,523 $267,300
49 Elwood 2,367 $79,054 $168,800
50 Elmwood Park 24,468 $59,963 $258,000
51 Somonauk 2,125 $65,139 $168,900
52 Carol Stream 39,726 $82,062 $247,600
53 Bolingbrook 74,431 $91,290 $223,600
54 Oak Forest 27,617 $76,945 $194,200
55 Rolling Meadows 23,219 $74,134 $241,200
56 Yorkville 19,352 $97,610 $245,200
57 Warrenville 13,158 $87,871 $221,700
58 Forest Park 13,927 $62,664 $234,100
59 Tinley Park 56,505 $78,343 $231,400
60 Streamwood 39,809 $80,651 $192,800
61 Sycamore 17,726 $71,698 $189,400
62 North Riverside 6,646 $59,340 $249,400
63 Montgomery 19,213 $98,050 $221,500
64 Oakbrook Terrace 2,752 $72,326 $306,900
65 Hampshire 6,008 $100,809 $217,000
66 Hinckley 2,137 $73,967 $208,700
67 Westmont 24,931 $64,416 $301,900
68 Palatine 68,407 $80,526 $284,400
69 Villa Park 21,916 $77,739 $245,800
70 South Elgin 23,039 $99,451 $235,500
71 Gilberts 7,823 $97,135 $261,300
72 Mount Prospect 54,604 $79,733 $330,200
73 Minooka 11,094 $92,902 $212,500
74 Willow Springs 5,604 $83,860 $323,600
75 Bloomingdale 22,027 $86,350 $302,400
76 Cortland 4,124 $84,900 $156,100
77 North Aurora 17,752 $86,537 $246,800
78 Lake In The Hills 28,759 $92,872 $227,100
79 Woodridge 33,455 $86,094 $271,800
80 Lockport 25,307 $90,475 $242,600
81 Schaumburg 74,194 $83,096 $251,100
82 Lombard 43,998 $82,461 $261,200
83 Westchester 16,440 $86,623 $241,100
84 Hoffman Estates 50,841 $91,917 $283,300
85 Batavia 26,250 $93,789 $304,400
86 Norridge 14,703 $72,570 $286,400
87 Willowbrook 8,673 $76,997 $254,700
88 Manhattan 8,164 $102,725 $241,400
89 Oswego 34,933 $102,110 $254,900
90 Orland Park 58,749 $90,345 $287,700
91 Brookfield 18,735 $82,435 $245,200
92 Channahon 12,833 $91,897 $224,500
93 Homer Glen 24,592 $106,818 $330,600
94 West Dundee 7,644 $91,970 $264,800
95 Palos Park 4,842 $102,361 $418,600
96 Algonquin 30,799 $102,856 $255,700
97 Lisle 23,431 $90,588 $356,900
98 Huntley 26,966 $75,100 $251,400
99 St. Charles 32,686 $98,393 $293,300
100 Roselle 22,754 $90,257 $256,800

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