Baltimore’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.
It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Baltimore.
And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Baltimore. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Baltimore neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Baltimore hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Baltimore area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Riverside ranks way above the rest.
We examined 54 of Baltimore’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Baltimore’s reputation:
- Fairfield Area
- Monument Street Area
- Dundalk Cityside
- Greenmount East
- Cherry Hill
- West Baltimore
- Berea Area
Read on to see how we determined the places around Baltimore that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.
Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best.
Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Baltimore.
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How we determined the worst Baltimore hoods
To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Baltimore:
- High unemployment (Less jobs)
- Low median income (Less pay)
- Low population density (No things to do)
- Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
- High crime (Estimated)
Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Baltimore for each of these criteria from worst to best.
Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a “Worst Score”.
The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the worst neighborhood of Baltimore.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Baltimore to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 54 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.
1. Fairfield Area
Median Income: $26,275
Median Home Value: $28,267
2. Monument Street Area
Median Income: $25,578
Median Home Value: $39,850
Median Income: $33,515
Median Home Value: $59,540
4. Dundalk Cityside
Median Income: $29,122
Median Home Value: $68,460
5. Greenmount East
Median Income: $26,619
Median Home Value: $71,175
6. Cherry Hill
Median Income: $30,867
Median Home Value: $79,338
Median Income: $35,684
Median Home Value: $45,333
Median Income: $25,287
Median Home Value: $73,800
9. West Baltimore
Median Income: $28,841
Median Home Value: $87,692
10. Berea Area
Median Income: $32,938
Median Home Value: $76,280
The ‘hoods around Baltimore that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Baltimore with Fairfield Area landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Baltimore aren’t all bad. Riverside takes the cake as the best place to live in Baltimore.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Worst Baltimore Neighborhoods
|Monument Street Area||2|
|Old Town Area||19|
|Patterson Park East||42|
|Reservoir Hill-Bolton Hill Area||45|
|Greater Mount Washington||46|