These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Colorado For 2018


We looked at years of science and data to determine which places in CO are really ghetto.

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There are lots of people who throw the term ‘ghetto’ around. But where is the actual ghetto in Colorado?

How do you decide if a place is ghetto or not? You ask the internet. According to the Urban Dictionary, a ghetto is defined as:
‘urban; of or relating to (inner) city life’ and ‘poor; of or relating to the poor life.’

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where ghettos might exist in a state, and then put out a list.

After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as the most ghetto places in Colorado:

  1. Sheridan (Photos)
  2. Federal Heights (Photos)
  3. Englewood (Photos)
  4. Wheat Ridge
  5. Manitou Springs (Photos)
  6. La Junta (Photos)
  7. Salida (Photos)
  8. Fort Lupton (Photos)
  9. Evans (Photos)
  10. Delta (Photos)

Read on below to see where your home town ranked and why. Or, if this is not up your alley, read about the most redneck towns in Colorado.

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What ghetto criteria did we use for Colorado?

In order to rank the most ghetto places in Colorado, we had to determine what criteria defines a ghetto city or neighborhood.

Since a ghetto is defined as a poor area, we used income levels, crime, and education levels as a guide to determine where the most broke citizens in the Centennial State live.

Additionally, the staples of inner city life include cheap and discounted retail outlets.

We started by making a list of every place in Colorado with more than 5,000 people based on the 2010-2014 American Community Survey. That left us with over 60 places in Colorado.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Google Place data and FBI crime data in addition to the census, this is the criteria we used:

  • Household income levels
  • % Of adults without a high school diploma
  • Number of convenience stores
  • Number of drug stores
  • Number of discount stores
  • Crime

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a 10 mile radius of a city’s center.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis. Meaning number of stores per person in a city. Additionally, high school graduation rates are determined by looking at the total number of people who live in a city, not the current graduation rate of an area’s high schools.

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1. Sheridan

Sheridan, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,819
Median Income: $36,250
Drug Stores: 45
Discount Stores: 58

2. Federal Heights

Federal Heights, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,835
Median Income: $36,823
Drug Stores: 36
Discount Stores: 47

3. Englewood

Englewood, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,298
Median Income: $46,776
Drug Stores: 46
Discount Stores: 60

4. Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 30,655
Median Income: $49,003
Drug Stores: 35
Discount Stores: 59

5. Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,175
Median Income: $51,628
Drug Stores: 13
Discount Stores: 27

6. La Junta

La Junta, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,040
Median Income: $30,010
Drug Stores: 2
Discount Stores: 3

7. Salida

Salida, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,329
Median Income: $38,570
Drug Stores: 7
Discount Stores: 2

8. Fort Lupton

Fort Lupton, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,595
Median Income: $47,583
Drug Stores: 4
Discount Stores: 5

9. Evans

Evans, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,535
Median Income: $47,798
Drug Stores: 7
Discount Stores: 12

10. Delta

Delta, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,801
Median Income: $41,939
Drug Stores: 3
Discount Stores: 4

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Colorado where there are a high number of poor and uneducated residents, and where there are a high number of discounted shopping stores, this is an accurate list.

Additionally, here are the least ghetto places in Colorado:

  1. Castle Rock
  2. Fort Collins
  3. Centennial

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Detailed List Of The Most Ghetto Cities In Colorado

City Rank Population Median Income Drug Stores Discount Stores
Sheridan 1 5,819 $36,250 45 58
Federal Heights 2 11,835 $36,823 36 47
Englewood 3 31,298 $46,776 46 60
Wheat Ridge 4 30,655 $49,003 35 59
Manitou Springs 5 5,175 $51,628 13 27
La Junta 6 7,040 $30,010 2 3
Salida 7 5,329 $38,570 7 2
Fort Lupton 8 7,595 $47,583 4 5
Evans 9 19,535 $47,798 7 12
Delta 10 8,801 $41,939 3 4
Milliken 11 5,837 $66,649 8 10
Northglenn 12 37,075 $53,616 21 33
Brush 13 5,493 $40,063 2 5
Lone Tree 14 12,328 $110,694 18 18
Trinidad 15 8,657 $43,614 4 2
Cortez 16 8,515 $39,141 2 3
Gunnison 17 5,927 $40,723 6 2
Fort Morgan 18 11,397 $42,633 1 5
Pueblo 19 107,706 $34,889 8 21
Glenwood Springs 20 9,668 $54,544 4 0
Sterling 21 14,709 $36,204 2 3
Littleton 22 43,710 $62,683 38 32
Avon 23 6,384 $50,203 2 0
Fruita 24 12,702 $54,875 5 3
Brighton 25 35,004 $60,319 8 8
Golden 26 19,759 $58,630 14 27
Frederick 27 9,636 $80,727 11 10
Rifle 28 9,397 $52,539 2 2
Monument 29 6,226 $90,133 5 3
Fountain 30 26,881 $56,687 7 15
Grand Junction 31 59,731 $44,887 10 7
Montrose 32 19,018 $43,281 2 3
Lafayette 33 25,812 $71,038 18 11
Firestone 34 10,908 $81,559 7 8
Lakewood 35 145,880 $56,134 40 50
Vail 36 5,280 $66,283 5 0
Greeley 37 95,677 $47,342 7 13
Aspen 38 6,700 $66,635 5 1
Craig 39 9,092 $47,928 1 2
Durango 40 17,268 $53,621 5 2
Windsor 41 19,865 $82,724 11 9
Westminster 42 109,296 $66,300 31 44
Louisville 43 19,171 $92,121 14 14
Thornton 44 124,707 $66,160 23 33
Denver 45 633,777 $51,800 31 60
Woodland Park 46 7,187 $64,248 1 2
Loveland 47 70,093 $55,580 14 6
Arvada 48 109,800 $69,550 32 42
Erie 49 19,305 $108,857 17 9
Aurora 50 339,480 $52,275 17 28
Steamboat Springs 51 12,044 $54,218 3 1
Broomfield 52 59,027 $80,430 21 24
Eagle 53 6,511 $81,571 2 1
Colorado Springs 54 433,547 $54,228 23 28
Parker 55 47,515 $98,170 21 8
Longmont 56 88,547 $60,218 9 6
Boulder 57 102,002 $58,062 15 4
Centennial 58 104,213 $90,090 27 43
Fort Collins 59 149,627 $53,775 11 9
Castle Rock 60 51,802 $86,563 4 2

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