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Survey Ranks Bedford 10th Worst City In Indiana To Find A Job
Updated June 18, 2015 8:25 AM
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(BEDFORD) - The city of Bedford ranks 10 for the worst city to find a job according to a survey done by Zippia.

Zippa is on a misson to criss-cross the country looking for the best and worst places for jobs.

After getting the data for all 1,500 places in Indiana, Zippa decided to limit their analysis to any place with over 10,000 people that isn't a township. That left them with 78 cities.

Officials then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 78, with 1 being the worst in any given category. Finally, they took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score gaining the title "Worst City In Indiana To Find A Job".

The criteria looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Recent job growth
  • Future job growth
  • Income Taxes
  • Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling's Best Places.

So while the economy continues to improve and jobs become available across the state of Indiana, these cities lag behind. After crunching all the numbers, Wabash took the "top" spot as the worst city in Indiana for a job.

1. Wabash

Population: 10,644
Unemployment Rate: 5.10%
Median Household Income: $33,901

Wabash takes the dubious distinction of being the worst city in Indiana to get a job.

While the city's unemployment ranks in the top 50% of all cities in Indiana, it comes in dead last for recent job growth, future job growth, and income taxes. So even though you may have a job in Wabash, you might not have one for long and the local government takes more money from you than any other city in the Hoosier state.

2. Peru

Population: 11,475
Unemployment Rate: 7.00%
Median Household Income: $32,888

Peru places second on our list of the worst cities in Indiana to find a job.

Peru only finished in one category as one of the the ten worst, income taxes (3rd worst), but managed stay below average in every other category.

3. Marion

Population: 30,088
Unemployment Rate: 8.10%
Median Household Income: $30,665

Marion is the county seat of Grant County and, as it so happens, takes a seat on our list of the worst places to get a job in Indiana.

Marion earned its seat here like most places we've seen previously -- of a high unemployment rate (5th worst) and low household median income (8th worst).

4. Connersville

Population: 13,479
Unemployment Rate: 7.60%
Median Household Income: $29,939

Connersville takes the fourth spot on our list of the worst places for jobs in Indiana.

The 9th worst unemployment rate for cities in Indiana and 5th lowest median household income contributed to the city finishing here.

However, the city has actually had relatively strong recent job growth finishing in the top 50% of all cities despite those two facts mentioned previously.

5. Gary

Population: 81,153
Unemployment Rate: 10.50%
Median Household Income: $26,956

Being the largest city on our list, Gary still couldn't bully its way out of the worst places to find a job in Indiana, finishing in fifth.

The combination of low unemployment (3rd worst) and low median income (2nd worst) meant that Gary couldn't keep up with the rest of the cities in the Hoosier state.

Maybe if Indiana had only given the city a more interesting name it could attract more jobs.

6. Muncie

Population: 70,033
Unemployment Rate: 6.40%
Median Household Income: $30,366

While Muncie is the second biggest city on this list, it was fortunate enough to only place sixth on our list of the worst places to get a job in Indiana.

Bottom 10 finishes in recent job growth and future job growth (7th worst) combined with the 6th lowest household median income pushed Muncie into this position.

At least the city doesn't tax your relatively low income that heavily.

7. East Chicago

Population: 29,789
Unemployment Rate: 10.80%
Median Household Income: $27,171

Coming in seventh our list is East Chicago.

Following a similar pattern to several others in our analysis, we couldn't promote East Chicago because of a high unemployment rate (2nd worst) and low median income (4th lowest).

It seems as if places named after other states and cities in other states might not have been the best idea.

8. Michigan City

Population: 31,442
Unemployment Rate: 10.90%
Median Household Income: $36,115

Michigan City places eighth in our ranking of the worst places for jobs in Indiana.

Michigan City took the title as the city with the worst overall unemployment rate in Indiana. It also fared poorly when it came to recent job growth and prospects for future growth.

So it seems as if maybe Indiana should consider handing Michigan City over to Michigan, at least when it comes to jobs.

9. Crawfordsville

Population: 15,958
Unemployment Rate: 5.10%
Median Household Income: $36,845
Crawfordsville sneaks onto the worst places to get a job list at number nine.
Slow recent job growth to go with high income taxes netted out to Crawfordsville place on this list.


Population: 13,436
Unemployment Rate: 7.20%
Median Household Income: $34,024

And rounding out our top ten worst cities in Indiana to get a job, we have Bedford.

Bedford took a nap when it comes to income taxes finishing 11th worst in that category, but managed to stay out of the top ten worst for every category.

To see a complete list of all cities and their ranking visit

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