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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.
The 10 Worst Small Towns In Indiana For 2020
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $52,500 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.8% (1st worst)
More on Montpelier: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $51,000 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.2% (14th worst)
More on Bicknell: Data
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $67,000 (21st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (19th worst)
More on Austin: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $77,600 (44th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (151st worst)
More on French Lick: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $64,300 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.4% (11th worst)
More on Kingsford Heights: Data
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $75,900 (36th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (50th worst)
More on Brook: Data
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:
- New Palestine (Pop. 2,235)
- Melody Hill (Pop. 3,809)
- Aberdeen (Pop. 1,463)
For more Indiana reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Indiana
|2||Country Squire Lakes||3,067|
|21||West Terre Haute||2,216|
|83||North Terre Haute||4,498|