There's a new ranking for the worst places to live in Indiana in 2024. See if your city made the list.

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, RoadSnacks compiled a list of the "worst" places to live in each state. Here's how they did it:

To figure out the worst places to live in Indiana, we used Saturday Night Science to idenift 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 the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

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So, out of all the cities and towns across the state of Indiana, which is the worst? Let's count them down from number ten to number one.

The 10 Worst Places To Live In Indiana For 2024

Now remember, this isn't my opinion. It's all based on the data from RoadSnacks. So, let's see which cities made the list.

10. Richmond

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Population: 35,642
Average Home Price: $134,820
Median Income: $46,356
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0280

9. Connersville

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Population: 13,395
Average Home Price: $134,012
Median Income: $41,769
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0280

8. Hammond

Population: 77,390
Average Home Price: $158,375
Median Income: $52,368
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0396

7. Linton

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Population: 5,149
Average Home Price: $147,830
Median Income: $38,438
Unemployment Rate: 10.0%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0313

6. Terre Haute

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Population: 58,599
Average Home Price: $140,182
Median Income: $41,230
Unemployment Rate: 7.5%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0532

5. Scottsburg

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Population: 7,313
Average Home Price: $172,779
Median Income: $34,774
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0280

4. East Chicago

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Population: 26,363
Average Home Price: $118,324
Median Income: $39,434
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0336

3. Anderson

Population: 55,011
Average Home Price: $118,969
Median Income: $44,974
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0338

2. Lake Station

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Population: 13,352
Average Home Price: $138,357
Median Income: $53,588
Unemployment Rate: 18.2%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0405

1. Gary

Population: 69,136
Average Home Price: $70,534
Median Income: $36,874
Unemployment Rate: 13.5%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0405

Are you surprised by this list? Would Gary be your number one? Well, you can find out more about why these are the worst cities in Indiana by clicking here.

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