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.
|Statistic||East St. Louis||Illinois||National|
|Average one way commute||25min||29min||26min|
|Workers who drive to work||65.0%||73.4%||76.4%|
|Workers who carpool||8.2%||8.3%||9.3%|
|Workers who take public transit||18.4%||9.2%||5.1%|
|Workers who bicycle||0.8%||0.6%||0.6%|
|Workers who walk||3.1%||3.1%||2.8%|
|Working from home||2.6%||4.4%||4.6%|