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Old 08-19-2015, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Il
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I was thinking about moving there in a couple of years, maybe in Bellville or Collinsville. I can't afford a house for more than about $90,000. Are there safe neighborhoods (low crime) in those areas? O'Fallon or Fairview Heights would be nice too but they look pricier.
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Old 08-19-2015, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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You are talking about the nine Illinois counties on the Mississippi River near St. Louis. That the US Census bureau lumped them with St. Louis is unfortunate. Truthfully it is cheaper to live in Missouri than in Illinois. Sadly, St. Louis has been ranked the 3rd most dangerous American city for several years.

Get your education, find a job or a trade, and then worry about where you want to live. Peoria is a STEM and research city with 3 universities, 2 nursing schools, 1 medical school, and several trade schools. There are amazing opportunities in Illinois if you want to stay. .
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Il
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You are talking about the nine Illinois counties on the Mississippi River near St. Louis. That the US Census bureau lumped them with St. Louis is unfortunate. Truthfully it is cheaper to live in Missouri than in Illinois. Sadly, St. Louis has been ranked the 3rd most dangerous American city for several years.

Get your education, find a job or a trade, and then worry about where you want to live. Peoria is a STEM and research city with 3 universities, 2 nursing schools, 1 medical school, and several trade schools. There are amazing opportunities in Illinois if you want to stay. .
I'm wanting to live in southern Illinois, not so much the Missouri side. I was just wondering how the metro area on the Illinois side is, specifically St. Clair county.
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:29 PM
 
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You may want to look a little further east to Lebanon, Freeburg or Okawville. They are nice, safe, clean small towns and right off of 64, which gives you access to STL. You will get more for your money.
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Old 08-28-2015, 07:30 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Not considering any other preferences, you can probably find a sub-90k house in a safe neighborhood in...

Collinsville
Millstadt
Parts of Belleville/Swansea/Fairview Heights
Parts of Alton
East Alton
Godfrey
Bethalto
Wood River
Roxana/Hartford
Highland
Lebanon
Most of Dupo
Most of Granite City
Freeburg
Mascoutah
Older parts of Edwardsville, maybe

...in no specific order.

The Metro East is a large area of about 600k people. You can find just about any type of neighborhood you please. With such limited information, it's impossible to be any more specific.

Generally speaking, avoid the area bounded by Route 3, Route 157, and I-70. That's a very rough approximation of the crime-ridden areas in the Metro East. They extend further in areas. Like any metro, there are smaller pockets of crime throughout St. Louis, including the east side. Madison/Venice/Brooklyn also isn't a decent area.
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Old 08-30-2015, 08:08 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I'm wanting to live in southern Illinois, not so much the Missouri side. I was just wondering how the metro area on the Illinois side is, specifically St. Clair county.
My impression is Belleville still has nice parts but is going through a bit of transition, is losing some population and is experiencing higher crime than previously. Census data shows St. Clair County is losing population while nearby Monroe County is gaining. I wouldn't say avoid Belleville, but make sure of the area you are looking to buy in. I will say you might find better deals in some of the smaller towns near Belleville and also look at Columbia and Waterloo in Monroe County.
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Old 08-30-2015, 08:58 PM
 
Location: somewhere in Illinois, like maybe Havana and/or Carbondale
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Been through Lebanon, commuter traffic rough at rush hour but looks like a nice town, needs some road work there Bruce!
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