These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Indiana For 2019


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 . This is our fourth 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 202 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 2019? According to the most recent census data, Country Squire Lakes 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.

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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 – 202 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.

Country Squire Lakes, IN

Source: Wikipedia
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Population: 3,235
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $33,900 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.5% (28th worst)
More on Country Squire Lakes:  Data

Union City, IN

Source: Public domain
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Population: 3,505
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $48,400 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.3% (7th worst)
More on Union City:  Data | Photos

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Population: 1,370
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $66,800 (21st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.9% (8th worst)
More on Kingsford Heights:  Data

Knox, IN

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Population: 3,520
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $76,600 (48th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.7% (10th worst)
More on Knox:  Data | Photos

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Population: 2,376
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $50,000 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.2% (2nd worst)
More on West Terre Haute:  Data

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Population: 1,701
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $51,500 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.2% (2nd worst)
More on Montpelier:  Data

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Population: 2,964
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $50,800 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.7% (10th worst)
More on Bicknell:  Data

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Population: 1,924
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $72,800 (33rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (150th worst)
More on French Lick:  Data

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Population: 2,277
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $57,100 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.5% (18th worst)
More on Dunkirk:  Data

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Population: 1,622
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Median Home Value: $67,100 (22nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.5% (18th worst)
More on Cannelton:  Data

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. Haubstadt (Pop. 1,471)
  2. Aberdeen (Pop. 1,602)
  3. Battle Ground (Pop. 1,717)

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Indiana

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Country Squire Lakes 3,235 9.5% $33,900
2 Union City 3,505 12.3% $48,400
3 Kingsford Heights 1,370 11.9% $66,800
4 Knox 3,520 11.7% $76,600
5 West Terre Haute 2,376 13.2% $50,000
6 Montpelier 1,701 13.2% $51,500
7 Bicknell 2,964 11.7% $50,800
8 French Lick 1,924 4.2% $72,800
9 Dunkirk 2,277 10.5% $57,100
10 Cannelton 1,622 10.5% $67,100
11 Austin 3,960 8.0% $72,900
12 New Pekin 1,570 11.2% $79,400
13 Sullivan 4,122 7.5% $72,300
14 Orleans 2,037 10.7% $82,900
15 Eaton 1,845 7.6% $62,900
16 New Chicago 1,803 8.4% $78,800
17 Brook 1,052 8.6% $74,700
18 Grissom Afb 2,499 7.3% $51,900
19 Mitchell 4,280 9.8% $71,500
20 Rockport 2,359 5.4% $74,700
21 Jonesboro 1,364 7.5% $64,400
22 Ashley 1,062 9.8% $79,000
23 Kentland 1,911 8.0% $83,800
24 Cambridge City 1,980 8.5% $70,300
25 Shelburn 1,317 5.7% $53,000
26 Paoli 3,665 4.9% $75,300
27 Vevay 1,633 8.0% $92,600
28 Worthington 1,252 6.8% $64,800
29 Redkey 1,405 7.4% $48,200
30 Monon 1,918 7.0% $71,800
31 Winslow 1,022 6.3% $51,000
32 Delphi 3,057 8.3% $80,300
33 Morocco 1,015 9.4% $80,300
34 Centerville 2,579 9.3% $87,500
35 Dillsboro 1,624 7.8% $111,500
36 Bloomfield 2,327 8.4% $80,900
37 Milan 1,934 8.7% $84,600
38 Koontz Lake 1,521 9.4% $106,500
39 Lagrange 2,802 6.4% $83,600
40 Aurora 3,770 12.8% $127,700
41 Jasonville 1,851 4.1% $45,300
42 Daleville 1,595 12.9% $77,800
43 Geneva 1,366 5.3% $83,700
44 Butler 2,763 6.5% $78,500
45 Patoka 1,205 2.5% $52,100
46 Milford 1,538 7.2% $99,800
47 Oakland City 2,374 8.4% $66,100
48 Spencer 2,260 4.7% $88,800
49 Odon 1,501 9.2% $78,600
50 Middl 2,485 5.9% $72,300
51 Brookville 2,543 9.8% $108,000
52 Veedersburg 2,214 5.6% $71,400
53 Attica 3,246 7.2% $78,700
54 Sunman 1,136 6.5% $105,100
55 Argos 1,859 6.4% $82,300
56 Fairmount 2,976 8.6% $81,300
57 Syracuse 2,873 9.3% $120,600
58 North Terre Haute 4,231 6.8% $90,500
59 Cayuga 1,179 10.8% $67,600
60 Edinburgh 4,796 3.6% $85,000
61 Albion 2,363 8.8% $89,100
62 Walkerton 2,098 11.4% $92,700
63 Winamac 2,709 6.5% $82,100
64 Fremont 2,148 7.5% $102,300
65 Hanover 3,483 9.0% $84,900
66 Sheridan 2,828 8.9% $116,000
67 Oolitic 1,128 4.8% $92,400
68 Ligonier 4,845 8.5% $80,900
69 Thor 1,459 11.1% $90,800
70 Rockville 2,562 2.5% $75,600
71 Osgood 1,827 5.7% $94,500
72 Clinton 4,752 2.8% $62,500
73 Warren Park 1,863 5.4% $124,000
74 North Judson 2,026 6.9% $86,600
75 Loogootee 2,712 6.0% $84,700
76 Parker City 1,352 3.3% $65,300
77 Converse 1,139 2.4% $81,800
78 Otterbein 1,220 10.0% $85,600
79 Flora 1,957 8.6% $82,400
80 Bass Lake 1,409 8.3% $148,900
81 Dale 1,552 6.3% $93,000
82 Bristol 1,706 6.4% $139,400
83 Cloverdale 1,669 5.2% $84,300
84 Chesterfield 2,499 4.2% $65,200
85 Palmyra 1,268 3.6% $112,900
86 Lawrenceburg 4,981 3.9% $133,000
87 Culver 1,261 10.7% $151,900
88 Fowler 2,272 3.7% $76,600
89 Bremen 4,548 7.8% $132,200
90 Liberty 1,829 1.4% $83,300
91 Petersburg 2,477 3.1% $75,400
92 South Whitley 1,970 8.2% $83,000
93 Akron 1,388 4.9% $82,200
94 Corydon 3,116 5.9% $108,300
95 Waterloo 2,227 8.5% $72,700
96 Walton 1,281 13.0% $73,400
97 Brown 2,952 6.0% $104,400
98 Versailles 2,326 4.7% $104,500
99 Hager 1,621 6.1% $92,100
100 Roselawn 4,594 7.3% $119,100

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13 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Indiana For 2019

  1. I do one of lagro’s paper routes iv never seen any of the so called crime. It’s a laid back sleepy little town. It’s got 1 gas station and a few restaurants, a church, fire/police depot and that’s about it. There’s only about a dosen or so family’s that live in town limits. in addition I’m guessing the crimes rates are reflectant of crimes that have happen at salamonie state campgrounds is included and some terrible things have happened out there and we’re committed by non lagro residence. But the nearest town would be lagro. The majority is a just hard working people. Yes there are some occasionally family’s fighting but its usually settled quickly or some teens being deliquints. Other than that it’s a quite little town.

    1. I liked Lagro, it was a quiet town!! Haven’t lived there in yrs, but I know plenty of people who still live there!

  2. Saltillo #1 lol what a great small town this is. I live 4 mile away and have friends and family that live there. It is a warm little town where everyone knows everyone
    And you can leave your doors and windows down unlocked. I think you should maybe do a little more research. No there are not any factories in this town or places to work but we drive a few miles to work everyday. You make the people here seem uneducated and freeloaders.that is not the case!

  3. I’m sorry, but your “data” sucks, Lagro is a small community, yes but but people that live there are not dangerous or trashy, it’s one community that pulls together when someone is in need, and if you want to post a picture of Main St, then that you should, don’t post a picture of a freakin ally and call it main street! You could have snapped a more flattering picture of Lagro than that!

  4. Even through the naive writer’s tone of quippish sarcasm, articles such as this serve no purpose other than to belittle and demean families who live in small rural communities; a significant element in the demographics of the State.

    My guess would be the author is a member of the Millennial generation who, like most of his peers, is focused on immediate convenience, rather than appreciating the effort required to live in a rural setting.

    To devalue life in a small town shows little knowledge of diversity, the value of agriculture, and small town camaraderie.
    Obviously, you fail to appreciate the joy and value of an authentic home-cooked meal, prairie picnics, summer crickets singing an evening lullaby, easily-attained local organic whole foods, natural tans, the smell of fresh country air, and friendly neighbors.
    Lest I forget to mention, how the absence of traffic jams in rural areas make the commute to work, school or shopping, less time-consuming than you “city folk.”

    By the way, Bud Tapman, *All* communities contain a percentage of poverty-level inhabitants, high school drop-outs, and crime.
    Even that big city where you live, wherever it may be.

  5. Any “creative” person can take a bunch of data and use it to make just about any point they want. Data doesn’t “prove” if a place is “best” or “worst” by any means, it’s PEOPLE and what THEY think and feel about the area that make it great or not.

    I live in Washington County Indiana, home of #1 Saltillo and #4 Campbellsburg. There are several large employers close by and one IN Campbellsburg. While these area’s may not have a lot of money and the educational attainment rate may not be as high, you won’t find folks with bigger hearts anywhere else. They care about each other and they help their neighbors! While some homes might not cost $100,000, they owners care about them and take pride in what they have.

    Just give some of US data on your hometowns and I bet we can prove the same thing! It’s all a numbers game and so unfair to represent them as being worst places to live!! I was proud to be the HR Manager at the large factory in Campbellsburg – some of the finest folks I’ve EVER worked with!!! I have the NUMBERS to prove it too!

  6. Living “in the sticks” makes it bad? Densely populated makes it good? You call this scientific? I noticed my grandparents and mother’s hometown in the top 100, a town where the neighbors are always there to help one another. Many towns listed in the 100 are very nice communities

  7. Just by the words this “author” chooses tells me A LOT about his true nature. “Infotainment” and, “don’t freak out”, gives off an incredible “teen” vibe. IF he even that old at all. Pity . . . Such a pity.

  8. Saltillo,Campbellsburg area information is totally wrong. Saltillo is working,self employed and retired people. Your crime rate stats are just laughable. As a Campbellsburg resident, I like living in a small town community where you know your neighbors, people help one another and show respect. I live 4 miles from my job as others here drive a short distance to theirs. If you want accurate stats, talk to the people, get to know them a little, then you would have a total different attitude toward small town country folks.

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