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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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:

  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.

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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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.

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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

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

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5 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 🙂

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