13. Rockford, Illinois
Rockford offers a low cost of living, but unemployment is on the high side (5.4% in April 2019), the public schools are infamously poor, and crime rates have gotten Rockford named one of the America’s most dangerous cities.
People started moving away in the 1970s, and the trend continues today. The area’s slow recovery from the Great Recession hasn’t helped.
Home prices aren’t bad ($105,000, on average), but one reason houses are inexpensive is that fewer and fewer people want to live here. Homeowners who are looking to bail tend to check out houses in Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin, Redfin says.