07/10/2014 05:03 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How Hard Is Life in Illinois?


Do you think life where you live is hard? Or would you consider it pretty easy living? How would the county you live in compare to the other counties in Illinois?

What about the other counties in the United States?

The New York Times recently published an interactive map ranking 3,135 counties across the United States on ease of life based on median household income, education, unemployment rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity rate.

We broke down the top 25 and bottom 25 Illinois counties and mapped them out for you so you can find out for yourself if you live in one of the counties in Illinois where life is either hardest or easiest.

Switching gears, as a reminder with July flying by, here are 17 events around the state of Illinois that you should check out this month, including some county fairs from some of the counties listed in the link above. So get out there and explore the state.