24/7 Wall Street looked at factors such as crime rates, unemployment, and housing, and posted a list of each state's worst city to live in. Here's what they had to say about Illinois and Iowa.


Illinois' worst city to live in if Rockford. With a population of 149,346, the median home value is way below the state's median home value, $87,200 versus $180,300. In Rockford's case, that points to economic and social difficulties.

Rockford also has an annual violent crime rate of 1,585 incidents for every 100,000 residents. That's four times the national violent crime rate.

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Des Moines takes the position of worst city in Iowa to live in. The low cost of living is contrasted with high property taxes, it's 1.2% above the statewide average. The high crime rate includes 14 violent crimes and 4,011 property crimes for every 100,000 residents.

Read more at 24/7 Wall Street.

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