Money Magazine’s 25 worst neighborhoods in America is out.

Guess which city has four neighborhoods in the top 25 nationwide?

If you guessed:


You win.


No. 25: Chicago, Ill.

Neighborhood: Washington Park

Chicago makes four appearances on this list, and it’s no wonder. The city saw a jaw-dropping 515 homicides last year — about 19 for every 100,000 residents, according to RedEye.


No. 16: Chicago, Ill.

Neighborhood: North Auburn Gresham

There are several reasons for Chicago’s high violent crime rate. Guns are cheap and readily available. There’s no Level I trauma center in the city’s dangerous South Side. An overwhelming number of residents are poor, and too many are unemployed.

Apparently they are unaware of the strict gun control in Chicago that makes legal gun ownership onerous at best.


No. 13: Chicago, Ill.

Neighborhood: North Lawndale

Crime seems to be trending down in North Lawndale, according to The Chicago Tribune.

No one was murdered there in the last month, though there were 17 homicides in the last year. However, there were 92 thefts, 24 burglaries and one arson in the neighborhood over the last month.


No. 4: Chicago, Ill.

Neighborhood: Northeast Auburn Gresham

The Auburn Gresham neighborhood has its share of boarded-up shops and foreclosed homes, according to WBEZ.

Just a few streets down from the area identified by NeighborhoodScout, a 13-year-old boy was shot twice in his back last year while riding a bicycle down the street, according to The Chicago Tribune. He was in stable condition at the hospital after the shooting.


4 thoughts on “CHICAGO ISN’T SAFE: 4 of 25 worst neighborhoods in America”
  1. I’m shocked.

    Shocked, that is, that Chicago didn’t have 6 or 8 neighborhoods in the top 25.

  2. I was watching the 1973 Clint Eastwood movie “Magnum Force” this past weekend and had to laugh when a reporter was asking the Lieutenant about comment on “…200 murders last year” and San Francisco becoming the murder capital of the world.
    My how times have changes in 40 years.

  3. Some interesting graphs at

    I first thought it would be a bogus link but its a interesting display of the redeye information.
    I came across it as a fella posted it as a answer for “need” in the may issue vein.

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