East St. Louis 48 Poor
East St. Louis Livability #1,359 ranked city in Illinois#28,449 ranked city in the USARanks better than 2% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ East St. Louis Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A East St. Louis Cost of Living Cost of living is 21% lower than Illinois
East St. Louis
7822% less expensive than the US average
982% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
East St. Louis cost of living
F East St. Louis Crime Total crime is 15% higher than Illinois
Total crime
2,5994% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 394% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
13%Year over year crime is up
East St. Louis crime
F East St. Louis Employment Household income is 66% lower than Illinois
Median household income
$19,94664% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$13,44355% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
8%62% higher than the US average
East St. Louis employment
F East St. Louis Housing Home value is 69% lower than Illinois
Median home value
$53,50071% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$49548% lower than the US average
Home ownership
43%32% lower than the US average
East St. Louis real estate or East St. Louis rentals
F East St. Louis Schools HS graduation rate is 10% lower than Illinois
High school grad. rates
77%8% lower than the US average
School test scores
5%89% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
East St. Louis K-12 schools
F East St. Louis User Ratings There are a total of 15 ratings in East St. Louis
Overall user rating
26% 15 total ratings
User reviews rating
50% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
22% 14 total surveys
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      Living in East St. Louis, IL

      East St. Louis, Illinois is a medium-sized city with a population of 26,731 people. With a total of 96%, the Black or African American racial group makes up the majority of the population in East St. Louis. The next most represented races are 2% White and 0% Asian. All the single ladies (and all the single fellas) might want to take notice as only 27% of the East St. Louis population is married.

      If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in East St. Louis, Illinois. With useful information like crime, cost of living, education, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in East St. Louis and in the areas around East St. Louis is a much easier task.

      The livability score in East St. Louis is 55/100 and the city is ranked in the 7th percentile of all cities across America. This is a lower than the US average livability score as East St. Louis does not rank well for most categories. This score also puts it among the worst 10 percent of cities in all of America. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that East St. Louis has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and cost of living (A). East St. Louis does not rank well for the following: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy East St. Louis on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

      An affordable cost of living can help reduce your monthly expenses and knowing that housing prices continue to rise, most people will take all the help that they can get. East St. Louis benefits from a cost of living that is 20.71% less than the national average. This means that everything from goods and services to transportation costs will be lower than most other cities.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to East St. Louis is real estate affordability. The median home price for East St. Louis homes is $53,500, which is 69.4% lower than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in East St. Louis, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.7, which is 10% lower than the Illinois average.

      East St. Louis transportation information

      StatisticEast St. LouisIllinoisNational
      Average one way commute25min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work65.0%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.2%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit18.4%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.8%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.1%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home2.6%4.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The East St. Louis, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).