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How Hard is Life in Ilinois?

How does the ease of life in counties in Illinois compare to other counties across the United States?

Do you think life where you live is hard? Or would you consider it pretty easy living? How would the county you live in compare to the other counties in Illinois?

What about the other counties in the United States?

The New York Times recently published an interactive map ranking 3,135 counties across the United States on ease of life based on median household income, education, unemployment rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity rate.

We broke down the top 25 and bottom 25 Illinois counties and mapped them out for you so you can find out for yourself if you live in one of the counties in Illinois where life is either hardest or easiest.

Switching gears, as a reminder with July flying by, here are 17 events around the state of Illinois that you should check out this month, including some county fairs from some of the counties listed in the link above. So get out there and explore the state.

This article appears on all Patch Chicago sites. 
The views expressed in this post are those of Reboot Illinois and do not reflect those of Patch or its editors.

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Voice of Reason July 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM
STM: And your last comment hit the nail on its proverbial head. One need to look no further for the answer to "How Hard is Life in Illinois?", than to see the metric that Illinois leads the Nation in one-way destinations out of the state by moving companies. I recalled an "open letter" by Roger Keats, who was the Republican Candidate that ran against Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County Board President. After Keats lost, his letter stated that he was moving to Texas to further avoid "subsidizing corruption, waste and fraud" endemic in Cook County and Illinois.
Bill Gnech July 11, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Sign the term-limits petition in Arlington Heights.
AnniesDaughter July 11, 2014 at 09:57 PM
I got married and moved here from Ohio 41 years ago. If I had known then what I know now about this state I would have run screaming back to Ohio. Too late now, the grandchildren live here so I stay.
JAY JAY July 12, 2014 at 05:00 PM
Only takes 2 words to describe IL. HELL HOLE!!! Corrupt politicians and law breakers head the list, living off the backs of the law abiding tax payers.
JAY JAY July 13, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Shame is, CROOK COUNTY alone has destroyed the state from border to border. The theiving politicians have turned it into a corrupt and crime ridden Cesspool !! Tax payers be damned. Chicago ...Obama's training ground !!!

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