Worst Small Towns In Indiana For 2020


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in IN are the 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 small places to live in Indiana.

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Most Americans have never been to Indiana. However, as the people who live there know, Indiana is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Indiana has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Hoosier State. Don't shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 206 of Indiana's smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Indiana where you'd never want to live:

So what is the worst small town to call home in indiana for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Union City is the worst small town to live in Indiana.

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Indiana has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Indiana or the worst places to live in Indiana.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Indiana For 2020

Union City, IN

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4
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Population: 3,396
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $47,500 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.5% (4th worst)
More on Union City:  Data | Photos

Country Squire Lakes, IN

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4
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Population: 3,067
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $41,800 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (72nd worst)
More on Country Squire Lakes:  Data | Photos

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4
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Population: 1,837
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $52,500 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.8% (1st worst)
More on Montpelier:  Data

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4
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Population: 3,003
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $51,000 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.2% (14th worst)
More on Bicknell:  Data

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4
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Population: 3,879
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $67,000 (21st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (19th worst)
More on Austin:  Data

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5
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Population: 1,832
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $77,600 (44th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (151st worst)
More on French Lick:  Data

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3
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Population: 1,320
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $64,300 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.4% (11th worst)
More on Kingsford Heights:  Data

Knox, IN

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4
/10

Population: 3,609
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $80,800 (54th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.5% (10th worst)
More on Knox:  Data | Photos

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4
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Population: 1,065
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $75,900 (36th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (50th worst)
More on Brook:  Data

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4
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Population: 1,653
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $76,800 (42nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.5% (3rd worst)
More on New Chicago:  Data

How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Indiana, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn't a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we determined the worst small towns to live in Indiana for 2020

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2014-2018 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there's no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 206 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

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

There You Have It - The Worst Small Towns In Indiana

If you're analyzing teeny places in the Hoosier State with the worst economic situations, where there's high crime and there's not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Indiana, according to science:

  1. New Palestine (Pop. 2,235)
  2. Melody Hill (Pop. 3,809)
  3. Aberdeen (Pop. 1,463)

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Indiana

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Union City 3,396 12.5% $47,500
2 Country Squire Lakes 3,067 6.4% $41,800
3 Montpelier 1,837 13.8% $52,500
4 Bicknell 3,003 10.2% $51,000
5 Austin 3,879 9.3% $67,000
6 French Lick 1,832 3.6% $77,600
7 Kingsford Heights 1,320 11.4% $64,300
8 Knox 3,609 11.5% $80,800
9 Brook 1,065 7.1% $75,900
10 New Chicago 1,653 12.5% $76,800
11 Wolcottville 1,021 8.7% $74,000
12 Monon 1,906 7.4% $73,000
13 Aurora 3,678 13.8% $114,500
14 New Pekin 1,647 8.9% $90,200
15 Redkey 1,561 6.7% $49,300
16 Bloomfield 2,126 7.7% $81,100
17 Paoli 3,697 3.1% $81,700
18 Grissom Afb 2,452 7.1% $54,900
19 Dillsboro 1,551 6.3% $107,800
20 Delphi 3,139 7.1% $80,400
21 West Terre Haute 2,216 12.1% $50,300
22 Milan 1,958 9.5% $96,600
23 Vevay 1,493 8.7% $94,000
24 Sullivan 4,109 9.4% $76,300
25 Goodland 1,072 8.1% $69,900
26 Cambridge City 1,861 6.9% $66,800
27 Shelburn 1,339 6.9% $56,600
28 Argos 1,795 7.0% $81,400
29 Milford 1,444 6.8% $104,700
30 Fairmount 2,871 10.6% $85,300
31 Mitchell 4,270 8.8% $73,100
32 Veedersburg 2,059 7.2% $71,900
33 Cayuga 1,202 11.8% $64,800
34 Kentland 1,853 4.0% $90,300
35 Cannelton 1,541 5.3% $66,000
36 Orleans 2,249 7.3% $86,600
37 Patoka 1,233 2.9% $48,500
38 Rockport 2,419 4.2% $78,300
39 Butler 2,729 9.5% $78,400
40 Winchester 4,924 2.9% $69,000
41 Dunkirk 2,111 7.6% $57,500
42 Eaton 1,833 2.6% $65,100
43 Odon 1,526 7.2% $81,000
44 Akron 1,196 6.4% $82,800
45 Edinburgh 4,671 4.4% $90,800
46 Spencer 2,272 4.8% $91,900
47 Worthington 1,178 5.4% $68,900
48 Ashley 1,061 5.9% $82,500
49 Centerville 2,562 8.8% $91,000
50 Oolitic 1,184 4.8% $91,600
51 Lagrange 2,796 5.4% $85,500
52 Oakland City 2,259 6.6% $66,600
53 Attica 3,196 6.5% $79,600
54 Daleville 1,636 11.9% $79,000
55 Jonesboro 1,311 6.8% $66,400
56 Ligonier 4,654 7.3% $73,800
57 Fairview Park 1,167 8.4% $93,600
58 Syracuse 2,883 6.5% $126,700
59 Warren Park 1,622 6.0% $124,200
60 Versailles 2,039 5.8% $107,300
61 Albion 2,472 7.0% $89,700
62 Rockville 2,620 2.0% $90,600
63 Albany 2,005 7.5% $67,300
64 Morga 1,030 7.3% $91,300
65 Jasonville 1,749 3.7% $51,200
66 Cloverdale 1,831 4.9% $84,800
67 Geneva 1,459 4.2% $82,100
68 Dale 1,442 4.8% $93,800
69 Topeka 1,022 5.8% $94,800
70 Thor 1,429 6.4% $91,500
71 North Judson 2,057 4.9% $91,300
72 Walkerton 2,240 11.1% $100,800
73 Sunman 1,176 5.0% $109,400
74 Koontz Lake 1,538 6.8% $105,900
75 Brown 2,945 5.7% $96,500
76 St. Paul 1,166 5.3% $79,200
77 Sheridan 2,847 6.1% $120,400
78 Morocco 1,067 8.6% $87,300
79 Borden 1,171 6.6% $114,800
80 Otterbein 1,036 9.9% $86,800
81 Culver 1,211 8.9% $159,100
82 Remington 1,350 2.5% $92,000
83 North Terre Haute 4,498 6.3% $94,700
84 Fremont 2,223 4.5% $101,600
85 Converse 1,303 1.3% $84,200
86 Clinton 4,743 4.0% $64,400
87 Lawrenceburg 4,979 1.4% $134,800
88 Winamac 2,710 3.8% $84,900
89 Chesterfield 2,336 3.0% $64,700
90 Loogootee 2,560 5.1% $88,500
91 Crothersville 1,755 5.5% $81,100
92 Hanover 3,504 5.2% $96,000
93 Ladoga 1,179 5.4% $85,100
94 Waterloo 2,222 5.0% $75,600
95 Flora 1,968 6.5% $84,900
96 Roselawn 4,599 8.4% $124,200
97 Fowler 2,282 3.3% $84,800
98 Nashville 1,349 2.3% $163,800
99 Petersburg 2,472 1.3% $76,400
100 Middl 2,554 2.5% $68,400

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