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

We used science and data to determine which cities in the Hoosier State 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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst places to live in Indiana.

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The Hoosier State. A state that’s about 90% farms and one large city, with small places sprinkled between long stretches of corn and beans. A place with a rich history, great colleges, and some of the friendliest people in the midwest. There are some really nice places in Indiana.

But is it all great there? Of course not. Just like every other state, Indiana has its trouble spots. The purpose of this post is to use science and data to determine which cities in the Hoosier State have some serious issues, at least on paper.

After analyzing 113 of the state’s most populous cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst places to live in Indiana:

  1. East Chicago (Photos)
  2. Gary (Photos)
  3. Connersville (Photos)
  4. Anderson (Photos)
  5. Elkhart (Photos)
  6. Hammond (Photos)
  7. South Bend (Photos)
  8. Salem (Photos)
  9. Lawrence (Photos)
  10. Lake Station

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 Indiana? That would be East Chicago.

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.

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How we determined the worst places to live in Indiana 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 113 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 113 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 Indiana — East Chicago. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in Indiana.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

East Chicago, IN

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Population: 28,728
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $73,300 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.7% (2nd worst)
More on East Chicago:  Data | Photos

Since the southside of Chicago is one of the worst areas for crime in the nation, you can sure expect that East Chicago is going to be pretty rough. It is. In fact, East Chicago has the 23rd-highest crime rate in the state. Probably no surprises there.

There were 188 violent crimes here in 2019, and residents have a 1 in 29.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That means, most likely, if you live in East Chicago, either you or someone on your block had their home or car broken into last year.

You can also imagine that the economy here is in the pits. It is. The only thing saving East Chicago from being higher on the list is that the public schools are well funded. They may not be safe, but at least the kids are getting as much attention as they want.

Review Of East Chicago by BeastMode On

I live in East Chicago and it is not bad at all

Gary, IN

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Population: 77,416
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $66,300 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.7% (1st worst)
More on Gary:  Data | Photos

There’s probably not a single person in the state that would be surprised that Gary tops this list. In fact, if Gary wasn’t atop this list, most people would start to wonder if our data was accurate.

Here are the statistics. Gary has the 26th worst crime rate in Indiana. No surprises there. How dangerous is it though? There were almost 471 violent crimes in Gary in 2019. Residents here had a 1 in 164 chance of being killed, raped or attacked. Just wow.

The home values in Gary are the 5th cheapest in the state ($66,300), the unemployment rate is the 1st highest (15.7%), and the annual household income is 1st lowest in Indiana, at $29,293. That’s basically at the poverty level for a family of four.

If there’s one bright side to Gary, it’s that the education is ranked above average. Meaning the kids at Gary public schools are getting as much attention and support as possible. Hopefully, that has an impact on the next generation that grows up here.

It’s pretty much Gary, and then everyone else on this list.

Review Of Gary by HomeSnacks User

Gary is famous for its terrible crime and the destruction of the city. But I still have a soft spot in my heart about it because I grew up there

Back in the day, it was a friendly and vibrant town. Nowadays, people are afraid to go there and the population is shrinking.

Connersville, IN

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Population: 13,022
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $68,500 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (12th worst)
More on Connersville:  Data | Photos

There’s absolutely nothing to do in Connersville. Located out in the boonies toward the Ohio state line, the residents are most likely bored, and probably wouldn’t have much disposable income to do much even if there was some form of entertainment. At least they can spend their Sundays with Andrew Luck.

The unemployment rate is the 12th highest in the state (9.3%), the income levels and home prices are both in the bottom five in Indiana as well.

However, the public kids get just about as much attention and support than in any other region.

Anderson, IN

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Population: 54,986
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $70,500 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (13th worst)
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Anderson is the first of a few cities near Indianapolis to make this list. When you’re comparing things to Gary, things look a lot better here, but they still have some issues, according to science.

Anderson is the 8th most dangerous place in Indiana, according to FBI statistics. And the residents here have a hard time keeping a job — at least in comparison to the rest of the state. The unemployment rate is 9.2% — not horrible — but worse than the state average.

Home values are really low ($70,500), and residents earn just $34,693 a year.

Plus, it’s an hour drive into downtown Indy, so your entertainment options are fairly limited.

Review Of Anderson by Ryan Hadley

Ha I was born in Anderson haven’t been there in 20 years

Elkhart, IN

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Population: 52,662
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $87,700 (35th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (10th worst)
More on Elkhart:  Data | Photos

If you’re looking to live in Indiana, Elkhart might not be the best choice as it places 5th in our ranking of the worst places to live for 2019.

The unemployment rate here is 9.4%, and households bring in a combined $37,121 a year in income. That’s not too far from the poverty line, even though money goes a lot further in the boonies of Indiana.

Crime is the 12th highest in the state in Elkhart as well. Just not a very desirable place at all to make home.

Hammond, IN

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Population: 77,827
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $87,600 (34th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.5% (6th worst)
More on Hammond:  Data | Photos

Hammond seems to be the have’s and have not’s. While the annual average income levels here are respectful ($44,427), about 1 in 10.5 people here are without jobs. Homes are valued at only $87,600.

But the biggest eye opener is the sheer crime here. It seems as if just about everyone in town without a job is pillaging the community. Hammond has the 14th highest crime rate in Indiana, where 1 in 160 people has a statistic chance of being attacked, raped or murdered each year.

Plus, 1 in 26.0 people are robbed.

If you’re headed past Hammond and stop for gas, make sure you lock your doors.

South Bend, IN

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Population: 101,928
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $81,100 (23rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.0% (14th worst)
More on South Bend:  Data | Photos

The same problems that plague other cities on the list also affect South Bend. The only real difference is South Bend is a tiny bit safer, and the schools are rated a lot higher in terms of resources for students.

However, the unemployment rate in South Bend is at 9.0%, which is the 14th worst in Indiana. And households earn a combined $37,441 a year, which is far below the state average. An average home in South Bend is merely $81,100.

South Bend is across the Tangier Sound on Route 50.

Review Of South Bend by night shade

Hey I live in south bend and it isn’t that bad

Salem, IN

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Population: 6,191
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $81,700 (24th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (42nd worst)
More on Salem:  Data | Photos

If you live in Indiana, you may or may not be surprised that Salem ranked, at least on paper, as the 8th worst place to live in the state. It has the 42nd highest unemployment rate in the state, and the 39th most dangerous.

Incidentally, Salem is the 41st most densely populated city in Indiana. Draw your own conclusions.

Lawrence, IN

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Population: 48,081
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $133,600 (80th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (24th worst)
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Welcome to Lawrence, where criminals go to make a living. Lawrence has the 4th highest crime rate in the state. When you’re within Lawrence city limits, you have a 1 in 22.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as a car break in or home invasion robbery every year.

Plus, there were 80 violent crimes here in 2019. For a city of 48,081 people, that’s absolutely off the charts high. You have a 1 in 73 chance of being raped, attacked or killed when you’re in Lawrence every year as well.

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Population: 12,157
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $78,700 (20th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.5% (4th worst)
More on Lake Station:  Data

Lake Station’s issue is that it’s right next door to Gary. However, it’s a real head scratcher, since the crime here is actually right around the state average.

The issues Lake Station has is with its local economy. The unemployment rate is the 4th highest in Indiana (10.5%), and as you might expect, the household salaries and home prices are both towards the bottom.

Wrapping Up The Worst In Indiana

If you’re looking at areas in Indiana 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, East Chicago ranks as the worst city to live in Indiana for 2019.

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

  1. West Lafayette (Pop. 45,110)
  2. New Whiteland (Pop. 5,881)
  3. Carmel (Pop. 88,595)

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Places To Live In Indiana

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 East Chicago 28,728 14.7% $73,300
2 Gary 77,416 15.7% $66,300
3 Connersville 13,022 9.3% $68,500
4 Anderson 54,986 9.2% $70,500
5 Elkhart 52,662 9.4% $87,700
6 Hammond 77,827 9.5% $87,600
7 South Bend 101,928 9.0% $81,100
8 Salem 6,191 6.8% $81,700
9 Lawrence 48,081 7.8% $133,600
10 Lake Station 12,157 10.5% $78,700
11 Richmond 35,819 7.6% $85,300
12 Indianapolis 853,431 8.1% $123,500
13 Washington 11,999 9.5% $82,200
14 New Castle 17,476 9.5% $71,700
15 Marion 28,490 9.4% $65,400
16 Terre Haute 60,691 9.3% $76,600
17 Peru 11,510 14.0% $60,400
18 Logansport 18,169 7.5% $65,400
19 Kendallville 9,592 7.2% $92,900
20 Plymouth 10,011 8.9% $89,200
21 North Vernon 6,695 5.8% $86,100
22 Linton 5,288 7.1% $65,700
23 La Porte 21,825 7.8% $93,400
24 Muncie 69,237 9.5% $70,500
25 Evansville 119,806 6.4% $89,700
26 Elwood 8,458 7.6% $66,600
27 Rochester 6,059 1.2% $84,900
28 Angola 8,636 6.6% $120,500
29 Warsaw 14,797 6.2% $124,300
30 Wabash 10,272 6.3% $77,300
31 Portland 6,068 8.4% $70,900
32 Garrett 6,762 7.2% $86,400
33 Hobart 28,573 7.8% $134,300
34 Clarksville 21,228 4.4% $112,900
35 Charlestown 8,079 2.9% $109,300
36 Shelbyville 19,034 5.2% $96,300
37 Merrillville 35,183 7.3% $128,600
38 Seymour 19,225 6.0% $108,400
39 Mishawaka 48,582 6.3% $93,300
40 Brazil 8,384 6.1% $72,200
41 Speedway 12,229 6.3% $117,000
42 Martinsville 11,647 6.9% $96,300
43 Vincennes 17,944 6.8% $73,700
44 Madison 11,920 8.7% $125,000
45 Crawfordsville 16,075 5.5% $91,700
46 North Manchester 6,152 8.1% $91,000
47 Westville 6,659 4.9% $88,800
48 Rensselaer 5,631 3.6% $120,200
49 Frankfort 16,226 6.6% $79,000
50 Goshen 33,583 5.2% $111,000
51 Rushville 6,160 2.8% $84,700
52 Kokomo 57,941 7.1% $85,200
53 New Albany 36,548 6.2% $111,300
54 Schererville 28,778 5.9% $206,300
55 Lafayette 72,174 6.6% $105,300
56 Huntington 17,214 5.0% $78,400
57 Scottsburg 6,687 4.0% $97,200
58 Princeton 8,573 5.6% $81,000
59 Winchester 5,061 4.2% $72,400
60 Monticello 5,298 4.6% $93,700
61 Winfield 5,395 3.7% $275,200
62 Portage 36,849 6.9% $141,000
63 Fort Wayne 262,450 7.0% $106,500
64 Beech Grove 14,943 8.3% $96,200
65 Franklin 24,489 5.6% $119,200
66 Bedford 13,292 4.7% $87,600
67 Huntingburg 6,633 3.6% $107,700
68 Mooresville 9,571 7.6% $123,700
69 Winona Lake 5,140 5.2% $165,400
70 New Haven 15,895 8.1% $97,300
71 Jeffersonville 46,840 6.3% $128,300
72 Greenwood 55,459 5.0% $143,100
73 Boonville 6,379 3.3% $89,800
74 Alexandria 5,045 5.9% $75,600
75 Bloomington 83,636 7.7% $176,300
76 Lebanon 15,710 2.4% $113,800
77 Greensburg 12,056 3.7% $110,300
78 Cedar Lake 12,024 8.9% $170,100
79 Mccordsville 6,116 4.4% $209,800
80 Bluffton 9,823 3.4% $94,900
81 Avon 16,479 4.7% $185,200
82 Nappanee 6,927 3.7% $121,300
83 Greencastle 10,426 4.9% $103,900
84 Danville 9,598 6.1% $152,800
85 Greenfield 21,565 5.4% $132,000
86 Decatur 9,502 6.0% $94,000
87 Plainfield 31,012 6.0% $155,100
88 Griffith 16,468 7.2% $135,600
89 Ellettsville 6,542 4.4% $123,100
90 Whitestown 6,487 4.4% $211,000
91 Columbus 46,926 4.8% $148,500
92 Mount Vernon 6,548 5.3% $97,500
93 Cumberland 5,566 4.4% $154,600
94 Sellersburg 8,806 6.8% $144,900
95 Batesville 6,389 4.2% $165,700
96 Lowell 9,502 6.0% $152,200
97 Auburn 13,004 4.1% $106,400
98 Valparaiso 32,501 5.9% $175,000
99 Brownsburg 24,625 4.2% $163,600
100 Tipton 5,151 3.6% $86,600

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35 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Indiana For 2019

  1. I am not a expert on what makes a city great and every city has its issues. I think everyone would agree, that they would want high median income, high rank in education (low student/teacher ratio and high expenditures), low crime rates, and high property values. The one question I have is population density. The way they calculated it was population divided by land area. Does a high population density make a city better or stronger? Is this common practice? Personally, I would rather live in a “Mayberry” than a big city. Ranking density (high to low) seems to be a personal opinion and biased.

  2. I didn’t get past the opening paragraph. Only about 63% of Indiana is used for agriculture. I’m not sure there are any facts in this post.

  3. This study gives some mighty broad assertions like, we think you should lock your doors when you drive past Michigan City. I beg your pardon…………This city is very safe and we have wonderful times here.

  4. Have you ever actually been to these places? I suggest you actually do before you criticize a place. Lawrenceburg is a great place to live. It is a great community to live in. There are plenty of things to do here like others have said. If something can’t be found or done here it most defiantly can in Cincinnati. I’m offended that Lawrenceburg is on the same list as Gary and Terre Haute. There is nothing scientific about this article.

    1. Seriously guys its bad but my grandparents house has been there for 60 years and we didn’t lock our doors or ever worry. Believe it or not it was a great place to grow up and am proud. Our thugs have a set back when you grow up with people from birth its harder to commit crime on peeps you share birtjdays with at least thats what I tell myself..Maybe black oak but DONT recall ever having my aunts place broken into.

    2. You don’t have to go there to tell about a place. If you have high crime, high unemployment, and low wages – the place is going to be undesirable. Those are facts the sane cannot dispute. Those conditions produce people who want their handouts. They don’t work so they gey bored and then go out and commit crime for something to do and to get more stuff (that they refuse to work to get).

  5. Can you give a little more info on terre haute. There wasn’t much listed on its schooling or its unemployment rates.

  6. Who are you to say stuff about Terre haute I’ve lived here all my life get over your selfs ppl really who cares

  7. I completely agree with Gary being #1. Everyone knows that. But Bedford being #10? Don’t agree at all. I love this county and wouldn’t trade it for anywhere.

    1. Also, Bedford is 30 minutes from Bloomington, not an hour. Unless you’re coming from the north side of Bloomington and get stuck in the I-69 construction at rush hour. Then it could take over an hour. 😉

  8. I am not sure how well this was researched. I can tell the picture of Lawrenceburg is from Google Maps so the writer did not travel to this town. Lawrenceburg only has one casino not two. There are a few other things to do in the town other than to gamble the money we clearly do not have. lol I know of several other things to do; Lawrenceburg Speedway, Perfect North Slopes, Lawrenceburg Pool which is free to residents in the summer months, Ice Staking Rink which is free to Lawrenceburg residents in the winter months, Durbin Bowl, ect… I have been to places that really have nothing to do I would say Lawrenceburg has a few more things to do than “just a casino”.

  9. Don’t forget Petersburg Indiana… Paul Harvey once said if you want to get away with murder go to Petersburg Indiana…Pike county…so very true!!! Crooked cops and politicians!!/

    1. I lived there for awhile and there were lots of murders, bodies floating in the river every few months…and it snows almost every day all winter long…and the people drive really slow and are rude…lots of abandoned houses…lots of blight/neglect/poverty/mental illness…definitely should have made the list.

      1. South Bend used to be that way but a lot has changed in the 30+ years I have lived here. Many of the abandoned buildings have been torn down or rebuilt/repaired and used. Murder rate is down as is crime in general. Hasn’t been a body in the river in decades. winter is milder than the 60s and 70s. Elkhart is much worse. It has the highest number of Superfund sites in Indiana at 6. Indianapolis and Gary both have 5. Elkhart has always been bad.

  10. I’ve lived in Dyer and Valparaiso … Valpo is a much nicer community to live in, with more to do, i.e., shopping, university, dining in a downtown environment, equal or better school system, and many more positive factors favoring Valpo over Dyer. The study is very simplistic and naive.

  11. My parents grew up in East Chicago (HARBOR). My grandfather retired from Inland Steel after 42 yrs.
    My 3 brothers and my 2 sisters and I grew up in the Miller Beach area if Gary.

    So sad too see what has happened to NW Indiana. Wonderful memories.

  12. Don’t think this article was well researched. Bedford is 30 minutes South of Bloomington, not one hour. And it’s called Bedford, not Little Bedford. Maybe the person writing this had not heard of Bedford; however, it should be known that we provided limestone for some beautiful buildings throughout the United States and beyond. Claude Akins (the actor) was from Bedford, IN and two astronauts were born and raised in Bedford (Charles Walker & Kenneth Bowersox) and Virgil Grissom from Mitchell, IN just a 15 minutes south of Bedford but all in Lawrence County. Our Lady’s and Mens Bedford North Lawrence High School basketball teams have won many State Championships and Damon Bailey was well known throughout the country and was a much sought after player by Bobby Knight. The person who wrote this article needs to do more research. Many people are employed by General Motors in Bedford while even more are employed with Cook, Inc. in Bloomington and NSA Crane, IN.

  13. I would have expected Muncie to be high on the list of worst places. When I worked for the Indianapolis Star I frequently read the Muncie Star Press. Several times a week they ran stories about local people arrested for child molestation. If that doesn’t qualify for a bad place to live, I don’t know what does.

    I do agree about Anderson, though. I was born and raised there and left at the age of 26. Don’t miss it a bit. When I visit, I find it terribly depressing.

  14. Marion, IN is a great city. I’ve lived here my whole life. It’s a nice environment, great schools, and great high school sports. As long as you’re in a good neighborhood, you don’t need to worry about crime one bit. It gives you just the right amount of cultural diversity, unlike places like DeKalb County. I plan on living here for the rest of my life.

    1. I lived in Marion for a short time moving from Crawfordsville. I agree with you Caleb I liked Marion and I consider Marion as my adopted hometown just like my dad who was born in Detroit living in Canada during his childhood years with him and my family moving to Marion sometime during the 1960s but my left Marion to expand his horizons but he always back because he got homesick and wanted to come back to the place that he had called home

  15. I live in Michigan City, In.
    And we have alot to do here and we don’ t have to lock our doors when we are driving and going places. Yes we have homeless people as much as any other town would have. But i love our town and the Beautiful beach and shopping we have. Crime isn’ t as bad as you say it is.
    All are welcome to come here and enjoy. You need to get you facts straight before you make your remarks about locking your doors .

  16. Martinsville should replace Terre Haute…. Martinsville as of now gotten so bad with crime its not even funny…. And since Martinsville became diverse, due to the KKK leaving Martinsville in 2012…. The population with Hispanics and African-American grew…. And more people from different cities start forming street gangs there… Almost every building in Martinsville for gang Graffiti on it…. On every street theres at least 5 drug houses…. And 75% of the population is either on heroin or meth…. Youll see undercover FBI vans running around… And everyday multiple people are getting arrested… Everyday theres fighting…. And 40 out of 80 has a chance of getting robbed or there stuff stolen…. And the police are fucking lazy and all they do is fly their drones and speed race each other….

    1. Bedford should readily be called Methford due to all of the dopeheads running around that town. Same with Mitchell 10 miles South of Bedford. It’s no wonder there’s so much poverty in Lawrence County when half the people are on dope and the other half are on welfare because of the plant closures and people too stupid to look for better jobs. This is what having unemployed able bodied people is like in these counties like Lawrence County. A good deal of the SSI and SSDI recipients could actually work especially those physically able and between the ages of 18 to 65 minus those with disabling medical problems and severe mental issues who can’t work. Most of them can but they choose to get mailbox money from the government rather than hold a job 30 to 40 hours a week and get a 500-800 dollar weekly paycheck. Its really disgusting when unemployment is 4 percent and yet people choose to sit on their rear ends. Time to cut their benefits off for the ones able bodied and send in a caseworker and get them back to work.

  17. Bedford is awful. The county leaders get rid of programs designed to help the people who live there. Education is discouraged, and people get made fun of for becoming educated. A lot of people there think those with an education are idiots, because apparently barely graduating high school, or dropping out of high school, makes you more knowledgeable about everything, including the Constitution, that studying and learning.

  18. Indianapolis should be somewhere on this list. It’s the largest hicktown, (pretending to be a big city) in the United States.

    1. Obviously you haven’t been to Louisville, Kentucky which has about 760,000 people and acts as if the city is something out of Appalachia despite pretending to be progressive and family oriented. Louisville is like Appalachia and the rest of Kentucky, truly the armpit of America.

  19. Salem being 8th on the list of 10 worst places. These people haven’t done their homework and their economic data is several years old. The unemployment rate in Washington County, Indiana in June 2018 is 3.6 percent. Granted Salem could use some improvement but its probably in many ways one of the better smaller communities in Indiana between 5,000 and 15,000 people. It’s not perfect and its not for everyone though I feel generally much safer in Salem than when I lived in Louisville, Kentucky for about 5 years.

    That being said, we have the same problems with drugs that most of the country has with the pill poppers, heroin junkies and meth addicts. Once you start locking them up and the other assorted thieves and bums you will see the crime rate in Washington County continue to go down. The only real problems around here are drugs and crooked law enforcement officials and judges along with lawyers that are involved with the drug trade in Salem, Indiana.

    If the State of Indiana actually removed its head from its rear end and launched an investigation of Salem public officials and local lawyers, they could easily find out which judges and lawyers along with crooked cops are causing the problems. Not to mention one or two law firms in Salem had people running it at one time that were heavily involved in cocaine trafficking and dope distribution but the good old boys turn their heads.

    If those people were prosecuted and sent up the river for 20 or 30 years, Salem would improve greatly and probably be one of the best smaller cities in Indiana with a city population of 6700 and 30,000 in the county total. Clean up the trash and you would have a much better community.

    That being said, Salem isn’t anywhere close to the worst ten communities in the state of Indiana and I’ve been to 85 out of 92 counties many times in most of them and there are plenty of other cities have much worse drug and crime problems along with the economy than Salem.

    Try out Muncie, Anderson, Mitchell, Austin, Scottsburg, Washington, Linton, Lawrenceburg, North Vernon, Rushville, English, Petersburg, Shoals, St. Paul, Greensburg, Marion, Gary, East Chicago, Hammond, Lake Station, NW Indianapolis, Indianapolis Eastside of City, etc.

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