Who would've thunk that a city in Illinois is one of the most miserable in the country?

I know what you're probably thinking, "it's gotta be Chicago." Well, it's not.

If your second thought is "OK, then it's definitely Rockford." You'd be wrong on that as well.


According to data shared by 24/7 Tempo you're going to have to travel pretty far south of both Chicago and Rockford to find the most miserable city in the US.

How did 24/7 Tempo figure this Illinois city to be one of the most miserable in America?

24/7 Tempo:

24/7 Tempo reviewed the happiness score of all 383 metro areas in the U.S. from digital health company Sharecare’s Community Well-Being Index. The index measures whether individuals feel a sense of purpose, have supportive relationships, are financially secure, satisfied with their community, and are in good physical health. Sharecare surveyed more than 450,000 U.S. adults on five domains of individual well-being and analyzed more than 600 elements of social determinants of health from additional data sources.


Out of the 50 most miserable cities in America shared by 24/7 Tempo only one landed on the list from both Illinois and Wisconsin.

Checking in at #10 was Carbondale-Marion, about five and half hours away from Rockford.

A review of Carbondale on Niche.com might be the only thing you need to know about what it's like right now in Carbondale.


The quality of life in Carbondale has declined. Downtown is grim as businesses struggle, fail, and close - leaving storefronts vacant. Crime rate is surprisingly high for a town of this size.


The review also mentions a poor housing market in Carbondale as another reason to explain why residents might be miserable.

Personally, I'm surprised to see a rather major college town ranked so highly on the "miserable" list. That can't be good for enrollment.

What do you think? Is Carbondale one of the most miserable cities in America? Tell us.

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