Top 10 Poorest Towns in Northern Illinois [List]
Not every town is created equal, and that's unfortunate. Some are better off than others.
We can be thankful, that most cities and town in the Northern portion of Illinois are not as bad off as many towns in central and Southern Illinois, however, some towns fare better than others.
Roadsnacks.net conducted the study to determine the statewide rankings. We took the data and filtered down the list to towns in the northern third of Illinois. Keep in mind, there were a total of 518 Illinois towns analyzed for this report.
By no means, is this judgement on people who live in these towns, but merely a reflection of the economic realities.
Three factors were used to come up with the rankings:
- Poverty Level
- Median Household Income
- Unemployment Rate
Here are Top 10 poorest cities in Northern Illinois
TOWN State Rank Population
1. Savanna 31 2,993
2. Rockford 32 151,290
3. Freeport 36 25,225
4. DeKalb 37 44,092
5. Oregon 102 3,592
6. Rochelle 119 9,492
7. Belvidere 122 25,713
8. Princeton 148 7,698
9. Dixon 168 14,963
10. Marengo 194 7,451
Rockford has poverty rate of 23.3% and unemployment rate of 15.5%. Check out the complete list and rankings for the entire state HERE.
The top 3 Poorest cities in all of Illinois
1. Cairo Population 2,688
2. Ford Heights Population 2,777
3. Centreville Population 5,208