Every town in every state isn't going to be a winner, and that includes certain towns in Illinois.

We know these "trashy" towns. The ones that have what seems to be a meth lab on every corner, where most folks dropped out of high school because they're in jail or pregnant (my graduating class), and alcoholism, violence, and Facebook arguments run rampant.

You know these towns. Very well. It's to this effect:


The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines being trashy as being indecent, or "of inferior quality". RoadSnacks looked at the top 10 "trashiest" towns in Illinois and some may (or may not) surprise you.

And How Did They Come To This Conclusion?

Sometimes you can go to these towns and look around to figure out the general vibe. But RoadSnacks did data crunching from government numbers (mostly census data) to come up with this. Besides the number of white residents, they also looked at:

  • Cities that are poorer than average
  • Cities that have a lot of high school dropouts
  • High drug use
  • Higher than average Payday Loan Outlets
  • Number of aggravated assaults (used as the measure of violence)
  • Amount of residents on welfare

There are other factors to consider too. Effingham and Litchfield have a bunch of dollar stores per capita. Marion has the men's federal penitentiary. My dad's hometown is on the list too and he wasn't the least bit surprised to see it there.

Scroll down to see Illinois's top 10 "trashiest" towns and the numbers that got them there!

These Are The Top 10 "Trashiest" Towns In Illinois

RoadSnacks.com ranked the top 10 "trashiest" towns in Illinois based on government data.

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