An Illinois City is One of America’s “Most Hated” and It’s No Surprise
There's a new list of the most hated cities in America and one of them is in Illinois. In fact, within the list of 44 states, the Midwest landed is on it an astounding 11 times. The list is based on other recent lists including rudest cities, most underrated, and favorite city.
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin all made an appearance.
On the list, Chicago landed in the top 20, sitting tight at #14.
Before the official rating, here are a few reasons why Chicago may be hated.
The weather is gorgeous for a few months of the year but there are two things you can always count on in Chicago, the wind and winter.
Dubbed, the windy city, the wind from Lake Michigan can be intense, especially in the winter. Lake effect with winter weather can be downright brutal.
Sadly, crime is synonymous with Chicago much like the tall buildings and beautiful architecture.
Though crime is everywhere, it's definitely understandable that it makes Chicago less than desirable to some, although the population hasn't really dipped much over the years.
Let's be very serious, Chicago is ex-pen-sive. It is anything but cheap to eat in the Second City. The closer you get to the heart of Chicago the more you're going to pay for a meal or drinks.
This is an obvious pain in the side. Depending on where you are in the city, parking can be a problem. If you're not using a mobile app, like SpotHero or Park Whiz, you're likely paying a hefty fee. In some areas of the area, like near Wrigley Field, parking close to the park without needing to file for a loan might be impossible.
Any time you hear someone is headed to Chicago or you tell someone you're headed there it is inevitable to hear, "You better leave at (insert time here) so you'll miss the traffic," or "(insert event) is happening and it'll make traffic a nightmare." I don't have data to back this but traffic might be the #1 thing to make Chicago one of the most hated cities in America.
Here's Best LIfe's assessment:
Community well-being rank: 146
Residents who are proud of their city: 58.5 percent
Population change since 2010: -0.06 percent
Favorability scale: 4.4
Hate Index Score: 54.97
You can check out the full list here.