Who knew that there'd be a city considered one of the most miserable in Illinois?

People are so down on Illinois, just ask a handful of people which city they think is most miserable and there's a very good chance it's the one in which they're currently residing.

Tero Vesalainen
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Why those who believe where they live is considered "miserable" and don't move away is for another time.

So while it's probably a good bet to think "It's probably Chicago" you'd be wrong. If you live in the area where this is article is originating from (Rockford), you'd be wrong on that one too.


So while Chicago and Rockford both have their fair share of miserable folks neither of those cities made the list of 50 Most Unhappy Cities In America, Ranked According To U.S. Census Data according to MoneyPail.

The most unhappy city in Illinois is actually Cicero. Ranked as the 11th most miserable city in America, apparently, folks in Cicero don't have much to smile about.


Back in the day, Cicero, Illinois had ties to Al Capone and his notorious gang. Unfortunately, the community still faces gang issues, decades since the famous gangster first passed through its streets.

In an effort to deter gang activity, the city once voted to make gang members leave town within 60 days or face a daily $500 fine thereafter.

depressed man on bed with hand on head at bedroom

It seems the folks in charge in CIcero seem to be aware of the bad rap too. According to the Town of Cicero website, the push to change appears to be working.

SafeHome named Cicero the 14th safest city among all communities with more than 50,000 people. Joining the town were four other Southwest and West suburban communities, including Des Plaines, sixth place; Tinley Park, eighth place; Oak Lawn, ninth place; and Orland Park; 13th.

The most miserable city in America? Gary, Indiana. Find out why HERE.

Maybe people are miserable and unhappy because of the weird things that have been taken from them. Here are 25 of the most bizarre items ever stolen from Illinois residents.

My mom once told me that "people will steal anything that's not nailed down." Times certainly have changed since then. The thieves now have nail removers.

LOOK: What are the odds that these 50 totally random events will happen to you?

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