14. Champaign, Illinois
Champaign is a college town, home to the main campus of the University of Illinois. The school keeps things interesting, but once you leave town there’s nothing but cornfields. Chicago is two to three hours away.
People in Champaign say the weather stinks, with just a few weeks in the spring and fall that are tolerable. “The rest of the year is either hot and sweat-dripping-down-your nose humid, or bitterly cold and windy,” writes one U of I grad on Quora.
Given that more people are leaving than loving Champaign, the already low home prices are falling — they’re down 2.3% from a year ago, to an average $147,000, and houses tend to languish on the market for about two months, Redfin says.