These Are The 10 Worst Baltimore Neighborhoods For 2018


We used science and data to determine which Baltimore neighborhoods are the real pits.

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Worst Neighborhoods In Baltimore

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 places don’t quite measure up to Baltimore’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Baltimore according to data:

  1. Fairfield Area
  2. Monument Street Area
  3. Orangeville
  4. Dundalk Cityside
  5. Greenmount East
  6. Cherry Hill
  7. Pulaski
  8. Madison-Eastend
  9. West Baltimore
  10. 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

Population: 472
Median Income: $26,275
Median Home Value: $28,267

2. Monument Street Area

Population: 2,933
Median Income: $25,578
Median Home Value: $39,850

3. Orangeville

Population: 2,420
Median Income: $33,515
Median Home Value: $59,540

4. Dundalk Cityside

Population: 2,914
Median Income: $29,122
Median Home Value: $68,460

5. Greenmount East

Population: 10,165
Median Income: $26,619
Median Home Value: $71,175

6. Cherry Hill

Population: 8,182
Median Income: $30,867
Median Home Value: $79,338

7. Pulaski

Population: 480
Median Income: $35,684
Median Home Value: $45,333

8. Madison-Eastend

Population: 4,496
Median Income: $25,287
Median Home Value: $73,800

9. West Baltimore

Population: 52,690
Median Income: $28,841
Median Home Value: $87,692

10. Berea Area

Population: 5,187
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

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Fairfield Area 472 $26,275 $28,267
2 Monument Street Area 2,933 $25,578 $39,850
3 Orangeville 2,420 $33,515 $59,540
4 Dundalk Cityside 2,914 $29,122 $68,460
5 Greenmount East 10,165 $26,619 $71,175
6 Cherry Hill 8,182 $30,867 $79,338
7 Pulaski 480 $35,684 $45,333
8 Madison-Eastend 4,496 $25,287 $73,800
9 West Baltimore 52,690 $28,841 $87,692
10 Berea Area 5,187 $32,938 $76,280
11 Greater Rosemont 17,517 $32,253 $79,043
12 Beechfielf-Irvington Area 13,668 $34,450 $92,638
13 Brooklyn-Curtis Bay 13,862 $42,041 $84,200
14 Hopkins-Middle East 7,950 $26,798 $113,662
15 Mondawin-Walbrook Area 11,096 $38,964 $107,100
16 Lakeland 6,786 $46,446 $104,078
17 Midway-Coldstream 10,478 $37,319 $107,676
18 Grove Park 1,851 $35,615 $146,000
19 Old Town Area 7,908 $18,022 $18,483
20 Park Heights 35,512 $32,747 $120,226
21 Morrell Park 6,353 $41,709 $117,660
22 Pimlico 6,298 $38,253 $117,613
23 Bayview Area 7,460 $36,277 $109,725
24 Hunting Ridge 12,138 $45,235 $136,153
25 Belaire-Edison 20,906 $42,953 $111,033
26 Glen-Fallstaff Area 15,699 $44,836 $133,125
27 Downtown 3,927 $32,527 $132,600
28 Govans 13,747 $41,198 $128,129
29 Charles Village 23,494 $32,547 $145,367
30 Winsor Hills 2,677 $33,257 $185,725
31 Cedonia 19,322 $43,163 $133,211
32 Hampden-Woodberry-Remington 6,806 $48,760 $156,400
33 Forest Park 6,507 $42,959 $174,008
34 Howard Park 6,857 $51,383 $173,800
35 Franklintown 1,495 $39,798 $190,900
36 Jonestown 3,122 $37,473 $195,643
37 Highlandtown 12,166 $48,946 $148,626
38 Wakefield 2,135 $41,302 $217,633
39 Upper Northwood 20,413 $51,105 $142,976
40 Lower Northwood 14,108 $59,153 $155,508
41 Westgate 13,224 $51,616 $167,275
42 Patterson Park East 11,429 $48,639 $163,517
43 Inner Harbor 2,575 $51,149 $223,933
44 Hamilton Area 45,011 $61,240 $165,450
45 Reservoir Hill-Bolton Hill Area 21,947 $35,742 $231,337
46 Greater Mount Washington 5,353 $70,684 $235,875
47 Locust Point 1,681 $100,948 $220,125
48 Canton 11,398 $85,646 $249,175
49 Cheswolde Area 11,895 $54,016 $233,790
50 Federal Hill 6,289 $83,734 $290,718
51 Roland Parl-Homewood-Guilford 16,183 $81,083 $309,257
52 Chinquapin Park-Belvedere 24,317 $89,602 $306,496
53 Fells Point 11,341 $68,504 $277,700
54 Riverside 8,935 $99,540 $251,715

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7 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Baltimore Neighborhoods For 2018

  1. The validity of this article is in question. West Baltimore is not a neighborhood. Park heights is not on the list but grove park is #9. This was written by someone who clearly has know real knowledge of our wonderful city.

    1. And Shel demonstrated her knowledge through her excellent utilization of the English grammar to comment upon this article. Perhaps hooked on phonics will provide you with a refund.

  2. Shels, I just thought the same thing. “West Baltimore”??? The whole west side is bad lol I had hoped a map was attached to bring some insight but there isn’t one. Maybe park heights isn’t included because the author included that in the “West Baltimore” category 🙂

  3. Yes Baltimore is one of the worst cities to live in for 2018 and the city know it.
    The average black in the predominantly town want very little out of life. The only thing that interests them is guns, drugs, jeans, guns and killing each other. So many don’t have any education, job skills, jobs, job references, etc. A lot of them don’t even know their names if you were to show it to them on a billboard in block letters. And they could care less about betterment. But they are always ready to do someone else down under who are doing better. It is truly a sickening city to live and try to survive in.

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