Worst Aurora Suburbs For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst suburbs around Aurora.

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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 Western Springs certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Aurora are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

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 2020:

  1. Summit
  2. Bridgeview (Photos)
  3. Northlake
  4. Cicero (Photos)
  5. Maywood (Photos)
  6. Justice (Photos)
  7. Plano (Photos)
  8. Carpentersville (Photos)
  9. Sheridan
  10. DeKalb (Photos)

What's the worst suburb of Aurora? Summit ranks as the worst suburb of Aurora for 2020 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 2020

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,340
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $46,417 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $156,400 (11th 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 3rd worst in the Aurora area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 11th 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.

Bridgeview, IL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,440
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $54,025 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $171,600 (22nd lowest)
More on Bridgeview:  Data | Photos

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

This city is 25.0 miles to Aurora. Income levels here are the 11th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $54,025 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: 12,351
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Income: $54,492 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (16th highest)
Median Home Value: $171,900 (23rd 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.

Cicero, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 83,147
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $47,487 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (22nd highest)
Median Home Value: $154,600 (8th lowest)
More on Cicero:  Data | Photos

If you live in Cicero, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 4th lowest Aurora suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 22nd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Aurora. Remember, we looked at 142 cities for this study.

Cicero is about 27.9 miles to downtown.

Maywood, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 23,810
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Median Income: $48,600 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 13.9% (1st highest)
Median Home Value: $146,300 (5th lowest)
More on Maywood:  Data | Photos

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

All snarkiness aside, Maywood has the 5th lowest home values in the metro Aurora area, where the median price is $146,300. To put that into perspective, in Western Springs, the median income is $188,684, which is the best in the area.

Maywood has an unemployment rate of 13.91% which ranks 1st worst.

Justice, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 12,919
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $51,276 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $178,700 (29th lowest)
More on Justice:  Data | Photos

Justice has 12,919 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 16.52604690765539%.

Plano, IL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,766
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $66,699 (45th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (17th highest)
Median Home Value: $159,100 (13th lowest)
More on Plano:  Data | Photos

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

It's the place with the 17th most out of work residents in the Aurora metro area (6.77%).

Carpentersville, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 38,138
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Median Income: $62,620 (34th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (21st highest)
Median Home Value: $166,000 (18th lowest)
More on Carpentersville:  Data | Photos

Carpentersville is a city about 24.9 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. Carpentersville has the 8th most uninsured people, 34th worst incomes, and has the 21st highest unemployment rate (6.65%) in the entire Aurora metro area.

Homes only cost $166,000 for a reason. That's cheap for Aurora standards.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,628
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $60,000 (29th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (49th highest)
Median Home Value: $151,800 (7th lowest)
More on Sheridan:  Data

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

About 5.48% of residents are out of work.

Dekalb, IL

Source: Wikipedia User |
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 42,839
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $44,222 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.8% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $154,700 (9th lowest)
More on Dekalb:  Data | Photos

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

Located 26.2 miles outside the city, DeKalbs is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 3rd highest unemployment rate (10.85%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Aurora for 2020

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 2014-2018, 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 2020

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. Western Springs takes the cake as the best place to live around Aurora.

  • Western Springs
  • River Forest
  • Hinsdale

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Aurora Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Summit 11,340 $46,417 $156,400
2 Bridgeview 16,440 $54,025 $171,600
3 Northlake 12,351 $54,492 $171,900
4 Cicero 83,147 $47,487 $154,600
5 Maywood 23,810 $48,600 $146,300
6 Justice 12,919 $51,276 $178,700
7 Plano 11,766 $66,699 $159,100
8 Carpentersville 38,138 $62,620 $166,000
9 Sheridan 2,628 $60,000 $151,800
10 Dekalb 42,839 $44,222 $154,700
11 Chicago Ridge 14,254 $42,306 $159,000
12 Elgin 113,023 $67,029 $177,500
13 Melrose Park 25,311 $50,647 $178,600
14 Stone Park 4,923 $59,022 $121,100
15 Bensenville 18,400 $61,660 $213,500
16 Schiller Park 11,704 $54,617 $191,900
17 Hillside 8,096 $53,551 $160,800
18 Broadview 7,829 $49,236 $149,300
19 Alsip 19,179 $58,566 $172,300
20 Rosemont 4,315 $54,196 $344,100
21 Bellwood 19,112 $55,480 $134,900
22 Joliet 147,957 $67,504 $172,400
23 Crest Hill 20,379 $54,594 $168,900
24 Worth 10,728 $58,675 $160,800
25 Burbank 28,947 $59,912 $182,100
26 West Chicago 27,328 $71,268 $243,500
27 Berwyn 55,949 $60,811 $192,700
28 Franklin Park 18,138 $62,861 $189,600
29 Crestwood 10,901 $59,712 $139,600
30 Lyons 10,566 $59,800 $164,600
31 Hanover Park 38,275 $74,638 $183,500
32 Addison 37,089 $64,377 $243,500
33 River Grove 10,148 $55,508 $202,500
34 Berkeley 5,171 $64,715 $178,800
35 Morris 13,983 $62,726 $193,000
36 Wood Dale 13,848 $67,891 $226,300
37 Palos Hills 17,443 $59,104 $199,400
38 Glendale Heights 34,280 $65,756 $179,300
39 Hometown 4,308 $49,359 $113,100
40 Countryside 5,997 $55,714 $216,600
41 Romeoville 39,702 $77,053 $180,600
42 Oak Lawn 56,420 $62,455 $194,300
43 Elmwood Park 24,680 $58,333 $242,000
44 Hickory Hills 14,018 $66,413 $223,700
45 Forest Park 14,041 $59,361 $230,700
46 Warrenville 13,311 $81,296 $215,100
47 Somonauk 2,152 $62,941 $162,500
48 Harwood Heights 8,552 $60,643 $260,000
49 North Riverside 6,813 $62,998 $241,300
50 Bolingbrook 74,448 $85,643 $215,000
51 East Dundee 3,183 $69,514 $204,600
52 Stickney 6,732 $59,467 $177,400
53 Streamwood 40,413 $80,072 $182,300
54 Sycamore 17,725 $69,500 $179,300
55 Des Plaines 58,694 $67,636 $251,700
56 Elwood 2,396 $75,469 $166,700
57 Carol Stream 39,989 $79,909 $241,900
58 Sandwich 7,617 $66,707 $170,600
59 Rolling Meadows 23,229 $68,445 $233,500
60 Montgomery 19,216 $86,407 $212,800
61 Minooka 11,291 $85,293 $201,700
62 Tinley Park 56,898 $76,183 $227,700
63 Westmont 25,036 $63,309 $299,800
64 Yorkville 19,145 $95,180 $231,200
65 Oakbrook Terrace 2,912 $71,719 $292,500
66 Oak Forest 27,843 $75,991 $187,500
67 Hinckley 2,083 $68,393 $201,700
68 North Aurora 17,653 $81,096 $241,100
69 Willow Springs 5,696 $84,321 $324,300
70 Villa Park 21,893 $71,918 $238,100
71 Palatine 68,847 $76,776 $278,500
72 Hampshire 5,852 $102,418 $194,400
73 South Elgin 22,522 $93,617 $229,300
74 Cortland 4,087 $76,607 $155,500
75 Norridge 14,888 $64,631 $282,200
76 Channahon 12,718 $91,372 $217,000
77 Willowbrook 8,576 $71,574 $223,900
78 Lockport 25,226 $84,147 $234,200
79 Gilberts 7,742 $104,114 $255,400
80 Mount Prospect 55,127 $73,652 $321,700
81 Manhattan 7,813 $91,429 $225,200
82 Orland Hills 7,181 $87,068 $226,600
83 Bloomingdale 22,138 $85,105 $297,200
84 Schaumburg 74,569 $79,740 $247,900
85 Woodridge 33,493 $85,192 $263,100
86 Lombard 43,904 $79,684 $252,200
87 Sleepy Hollow 3,319 $108,906 $301,900
88 Hoffman Estates 51,282 $89,666 $271,700
89 Westchester 16,573 $80,412 $235,000
90 Batavia 26,282 $92,522 $296,100
91 Lake In The Hills 28,832 $90,984 $220,700
92 St. Charles 32,772 $96,197 $291,900
93 Lisle 23,435 $87,106 $337,200
94 Brookfield 18,858 $81,192 $239,700
95 Bartlett 41,316 $105,245 $273,600
96 Roselle 22,873 $85,070 $249,900
97 Darien 22,126 $90,904 $321,500
98 Homer Glen 24,467 $103,048 $317,300
99 Pingree Grove 7,337 $91,042 $251,300
100 Huntley 26,486 $75,597 $242,400

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