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A+ East St. Louis Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A East St. Louis Cost of Living Cost of living is 20% lower than Illinois
East St. Louis
7921% less expensive than the US average
991% 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 102% higher than Illinois
Total crime
4,94379% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2179% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-22%Year over year crime is down
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

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.

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Compare East St. Louis, IL Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around East St. Louis, IL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Hi-Pointe, St. Louis869.42,160
Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis866.81,205
Fairground Park, St. Louis836311
Ellendale, St. Louis839.41,951
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Forest Park, St. Louis818.50
Lindenwood Park, St. Louis809.68,741
Oarondelet Park, St. Louis798.2837
Franz Park, St. Louis779.41,682

Best Cities Near East St. Louis, IL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Glendale, MO8913.85,917
Kirkwood, MO8815.927,614
Ballwin, MO8822.830,431
Manchester, MO8820.518,183
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Rock Hill, MO8812.94,628
Webster Groves, MO8812.323,111
Oakland, MO8814.11,649
Champ, MO8719.67
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City of Crime and New Life!!

The town of East St. Louis, Illinois worries me just a bit. With it being located directly across the Mississippi River from St. Louis Missouri there are some concerns. This town has been restructured multiple times and a few of the areas have high crime rates. Some good comes out of the city as well.

With the bad reputation that this city holds, pursuing the redeveloped portions of the city. Local jobs are taken by residents and there does not seem to be much opportunity for advancement. Shopping is local to the area and the nightlife seems to be non existent. The city of champions is the cities name that they have given themselves.

Historically, there are still remnants of the destruction in East St. Louis from prior years. The homeless use this area to live in and create a life. This city is not a place that I would recommend for starting a family and looking for advances in your career.
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