Do you think you know which city was named as the worst place to live in Indiana?

Indiana towns are really a hot topic lately. When it comes to Indiana, we have no shortage of small towns with a few big cities scattered in there too. Everyone has small-town pride nowadays.  Recently we have covered many of these towns in articles such as the worst small towns in Indiana, an Indiana small town that makes you feel like you are in a Hallmark movie, the best must-visit small town in Indiana, the best small town in IndianaHGTV naming this Indiana town as the most charming in the state, and the most expensive place to live in Indiana.

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To keep with the theme of Indiana towns, 24/7 Wall St. compiled a list of the "worst" places to live in each state. Here's how they did it:

Using data from the Census Bureau, the FBI, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 24/7 Wall St. created a weighted index of 22 measures to identify the worst cities to live in in every state. The measures used in the index fall into one of three broad categories: economy, community, and overall quality of life. We considered all places in the U.S. with sufficient data and populations of at least 8,000. Our list includes cities, towns, villages, boroughs, and unincorporated communities.

So, out of all the cities and towns across the state of Indiana, which is the worst?


This is the Worst Place to Live in Indiana...

24/7 Wall St. listed a place in Indiana as the worst place to live that you'd probably never might not have even heard of this place for that matter. According to their data, the worst place to live in Indiana is Lake Station. This Indiana city is actually a subburb of Chicago that is located in Lake County, Indiana.

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So, what makes Lake Station the worst place to live in Indiana? Well, here's the data from 24/7 Wall St.

  • Poverty rate: 18.1% (state: 12.5%)
  • Median home value: $88,700 (state: $158,500)
  • Median household income: $50,852 (state: $61,944)
  • Drug-induced mortality: 37.8 deaths per 100,000 (state: 34.5 per 100,000)
  • Total population: 13,292

Now, with this in mind, what one person considers a horrible place to live, another might consider their favorite spot in the world. I can't say that this is the worst place to live in the state. As a matter of fact, I think we all might agree that there are more notable cities in the state that are much worse.

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