These Are The 10 Worst Chicago Neighborhoods For 2019


We used science and data to determine which Chicago hoods are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Chicago.
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Chicago’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 Chicago.

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 Chicago. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

So the question arises, which Chicago neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Chicago hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Chicago area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although North Center ranks way above the rest.

We examined 77 of Chicago’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Chicago’s reputation.

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

  1. Riverdale
  2. Englewood
  3. Washington Park
  4. Fuller Park
  5. West Englewood
  6. Burnside
  7. South Deering
  8. Pullman
  9. South Chicago
  10. Grand Crossing

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Chicago for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Riverdale looks to be the worst neighborhood in Chicago.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Chicago 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 Chicago.

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How we determined the worst Chicago hoods in 2019

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 Chicago:

  • 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 Chicago, Illinois 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 Chicago.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Chicago to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 77 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.

Riverdale Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 7,361
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $24,186 (1st worst)
Median Income: $15,894 (1st worst)
More on Riverdale:  Data

Riverdale is one of the 77 official community areas of Chicago, Illinois and is located on the city’s far southeast side.

As originally designated by the Social Science Research Committee at the University of Chicago and officially adopted by the City of Chicago, the Riverdale community area extends from 115th Street south to the city boundary at 138th Street and from the Illinois Central Railroad tracks east to the Bishop Ford Freeway.

Englewood Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 25,858
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $70,261 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $23,317 (3rd worst)
More on Englewood:  Data

At its peak population in 1960, over 97,000 people lived in its approximately 3 square miles, but the neighborhood’s population has since dropped dramatically. In 2000, it had a population of approximately 40,000 inhabitants, and the 2010 census indicated that its population has further declined to approximately 30,000. Englewood is bordered by Garfield Boulevard to the north, 75th Street to the south, Western Avenue to the west, and State Street to the east. It is located on the southwest side of Chicag

Washington Park Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,871
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $104,058 (9th worst)
Median Income: $24,556 (5th worst)
More on Washington Park:  Data

Washington Park is a community area on the South Side of Chicago which includes the 372 acre park of the same name, stretching east-west from Cottage Grove Avenue to the Dan Ryan Expressway, and north-south from 51st Street to 63rd. It is home to the DuSable Museum of African American History. The park was the proposed site of the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Aquatics Center in Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

It and surrounding neighborhoods have gone through notable and often turbulent racial transitions.

Fuller Park Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,348
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $109,700 (11th worst)
Median Income: $22,962 (2nd worst)
More on Fuller Park:  Data

Fuller Park, located on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, is one of 77 officially designated Chicago community areas. It is designated Community Area 37.

Fuller Park is named for the small park within the neighborhood, which is in turn named for Melville Weston Fuller, a Chicago attorney who was the Chief Justice of the United States between 1888 and 1910.

West Englewood Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 30,662
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $90,438 (4th worst)
Median Income: $30,441 (12th worst)
More on West Englewood:  Data

At one time it was known as South Lynne. The boundaries of West Englewood are Garfield Blvd to the north, Racine Ave to the east, the CSX and Norfolk Southern RR tracks to the west, and the Belt Railway of Chicago to the south. Though it is a separate community area, much of the history and culture of the neighborhood is linked directly to the Englewood neighborhood.

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4
/10

Population: 2,423
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $100,900 (7th worst)
Median Income: $25,642 (6th worst)
More on Burnside:  Data

South Deering Chicago, IL

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4
/10

Population: 14,598
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $88,955 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $37,207 (25th worst)
More on South Deering:  Data

It is part of the 10th Ward, once under the control of former Richard J. Daley ally Alderman Edward Vrdolyak. Primarily an industrial neighborhood, a small group of homes exists in the northeast corner and Lake Calumet takes up a large portion of the area. 80% of the community is zoned as industrial, natural wetlands, or parks. The remaining 20% is zoned for residential and small-scale commercial uses.

Pullman Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,565
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $107,912 (10th worst)
Median Income: $38,397 (26th worst)
More on Pullman:  Data

The area known as Pullman encompasses a much wider area than its two historic areas. This article deals with all areas. The development built by the Pullman Company is bounded by 103rd Street on the North, 115th Street on the South, the railroad tracks on the East and Cottage Grove on the West.

Since the late 20th century, the Pullman neighborhood has been gentrifying. Many residents are involved in the restoration of their own homes, and projects throughout the district as a whole. Walking tours of Pullman are available.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 27,113
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $101,252 (8th worst)
Median Income: $32,122 (14th worst)
More on South Chicago:  Data

Grand Crossing Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 32,217
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $112,668 (14th worst)
Median Income: $30,799 (13th worst)
More on Grand Crossing:  Data

Greater Grand Crossing is one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois. It is located on the city’s South Side.

The Oak Woods Cemetery, established in 1854, is located in Greater Grand Crossing.

Since 2006, Artist Theaster Gates has redeveloped several buildings in Grand Crossing as art and community centers.

The ‘hoods around Chicago that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Chicago with Riverdale landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Chicago aren’t all bad. North Center takes the cake as the best place to live in Chicago.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Chicago For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Riverdale 7,361 $24,186 $15,894
2 Englewood 25,858 $70,261 $23,317
3 Washington Park 11,871 $104,058 $24,556
4 Fuller Park 2,348 $109,700 $22,962
5 West Englewood 30,662 $90,438 $30,441
6 Burnside 2,423 $100,900 $25,642
7 South Deering 14,598 $88,955 $37,207
8 Pullman 6,565 $107,912 $38,397
9 South Chicago 27,113 $101,252 $32,122
10 Grand Crossing 32,217 $112,668 $30,799
11 West Pullman 27,416 $99,938 $36,883
12 North Lawndale 35,417 $126,400 $26,510
13 Chatham 30,760 $100,130 $35,343
14 Roseland 42,306 $111,072 $39,535
15 New City 41,153 $110,614 $32,588
16 Auburn Gresham 45,607 $115,671 $32,470
17 East Garfield Park 20,100 $150,056 $27,141
18 Woodlawn 22,658 $130,409 $25,807
19 West Garfield Park 17,277 $140,887 $24,266
20 Oakland 5,180 $157,000 $35,228
21 Chicago Lawn 53,841 $124,714 $34,909
22 South Shore 47,197 $167,563 $26,786
23 Avalon Park 9,638 $159,970 $45,242
24 Grand Boulevard 22,603 $158,817 $36,187
25 Austin 97,012 $149,598 $36,124
26 Washington Heights 26,845 $130,192 $49,725
27 East Side 22,550 $117,919 $44,652
28 Douglas 19,514 $145,570 $39,212
29 Calumet Heights 13,240 $152,919 $49,176
30 Humboldt Park 55,833 $154,009 $36,095
31 Archer Heights 13,239 $187,340 $46,363
32 Armour Square 13,391 $221,250 $27,790
33 Hegewisch 9,039 $140,800 $61,614
34 Gage Park 40,693 $128,630 $40,566
35 Morgan Park 23,647 $186,465 $69,655
36 Mckinley Park 16,026 $199,955 $43,639
37 Lower West Side 33,150 $208,108 $40,724
38 South Lawndale 73,519 $138,019 $32,212
39 O’hare 12,706 $154,657 $47,915
40 Ashburn 43,133 $159,289 $66,956
41 Kenwood 14,112 $250,519 $47,591
42 West Lawn 33,314 $161,496 $52,390
43 Near West Side 61,845 $248,351 $64,399
44 Garfield Ridge 35,441 $197,874 $69,182
45 Brighton Park 44,212 $168,703 $39,500
46 Clearing 24,934 $174,810 $61,588
47 Rogers Park 53,183 $195,897 $38,837
48 Belmont Cragin 77,859 $204,209 $46,654
49 West Elsdon 19,771 $164,933 $53,245
50 North Park 18,562 $282,400 $62,644
51 Hermosa 24,225 $229,088 $39,659
52 Uptown 55,359 $205,151 $47,665
53 Bridgeport 32,495 $270,989 $46,467
54 Montclare 12,903 $197,208 $52,361
55 Hyde Park 24,100 $272,248 $56,899
56 Pottage Park 64,285 $248,275 $59,222
57 Beverly 20,831 $289,660 $99,102
58 Avondale 37,884 $282,354 $49,249
59 West Ridge 73,660 $235,196 $54,223
60 Mount Greenwood 18,990 $224,582 $91,682
61 Dunning 43,244 $229,478 $60,896
62 Near South Side 21,930 $318,671 $80,646
63 Edgewater 48,951 $241,938 $51,873
64 Jefferson Park 26,594 $282,741 $69,751
65 Irving Park 55,070 $291,907 $62,620
66 Norwood Park 37,477 $293,731 $77,558
67 Albany Park 51,193 $273,641 $58,075
68 West Town 84,995 $407,865 $81,403
69 Forest Glen 18,298 $421,818 $112,032
70 Logan Square 73,470 $338,254 $67,769
71 Near North Side 83,049 $434,335 $97,802
72 Lincoln Square 41,305 $381,276 $72,563
73 Edison Park 11,128 $345,364 $98,327
74 Lincoln Park 64,965 $508,008 $99,720
75 Lake View 97,804 $373,419 $88,165
76 Loop 32,384 $331,150 $98,220
77 North Center 34,931 $545,871 $99,384

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30 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Chicago Neighborhoods For 2019

  1. That you have 533 thumbs up on this b.s. article says a lot about your readers and what they don’t know as well as their gullibility when jargon accompanied by “statistics” as fact. The moment I saw Riverdale on your list, I knew the whole thing was b.s. Riverdale is NOT a Chicago neighborhood!

    1. Check it out…Riverdale, one of the 77 official community areas of Chicago, Illinois, is located on the city’s far south side.

  2. This entire website is just “science and data” on every US state around.

    Someone needs to hack and crash this place

  3. What I am having a problem understanding is how the median income is so low that anyone could even afford one of the houses. Example Riverdale median income $14,000 average home sells for $90,000. Nobody making $14,000 could buy a house for $90,000.

  4. Thanks for the guide. I need to drive AROUND Chicago to
    get to Wisc. this summer. I’d like to avoid getting shot, if
    possible.

  5. I guess this new day in age is I’m a teenager. I don’t need school I’ll sell drugs better yet forget education. I’ll rob somebody oh crap I didn’t know he was packing cops don’t care nobody cares so neighbourhoods go to crap stay in school knowledge is the real respect no work leave find a job else where. If you believe you can or you can’t your right either way.

  6. Hey all I can do is quote the old
    Saying:

    Whenever there is blood in the street, buy the property
    Which means if people are foolish enough to give up prime property out of fears then capitalize on it

  7. This is incorrect… As an example, Logan Square has had more homicides than neighborhoods like, Bridgeport, Dunning and Clearing in the last several years. This list was likely created by a suburbanite that ranked the neighborhoods based on his or her desire to live in them due to it being trendy to do so. There are more muggings, burglaries and thefts in Lakeview than Dunning. But, there’s no cool s*** to do in Dunning.

    Clearing, Bronzeville, Hyde Park and Bridgeport are all on the South side, and have lower crime rates than Logan Square. Only places like Beverly are safer than Clearing. That neighborhood is almost all cops and firefighters.

    The person that wrote this clearly did no unbiased empirical research.

  8. I live in an upper middle class neighborhood on the South Side, and I’ve always loved that whites are too scared and brainwashed by propoganda to come here most of the time. It keeps them from attempting to take over the neighborhood the way they try to take over everything they see and want. Keep your tanning salons and dog bakeries on the North Side. Go hide out there. Drive around the South Side. We don’t want you here.

    1. Well there is not white on white gun violence in Glenview, Morton Grove, Wilmette. White kids aren’t out shooting innocent people because they can’t even aim and fire a gun correctly and end up killing your elderly and babies. I grew up at Chicago Ave and Keeler. When my Native American grandmother bought that property in 1970 it was a European neighborhood. Everyone took care of their property. Beautiful gardens and even the alleys were clean.We would sit out on the porch all evening in the summer.No crime block parties everyone looked out for one another .If a stranger came into our neighborhood we knew immediately because we all had a sense of community. There were no run down homes,or rat infestation, or graffiti, drug addicts, poverty, or gangs. Slowly the neighborhood changed. Home owners started moving to the burbs where they could buy new larger homes. African Americans started buying the 3 flats and bungalows at Chicago Ave and Keeler by 1976 the neighborhood was dangerous
      Gangs and drugs replaced everything beautiful. We moved north. It hurts to see my beloved childhood home look like it needs to be condemned. The property my grandmother worked so hard to buy on her own. The Church that i was baptized at still sadly stands the school closed. Filth and violence is what remains.So who in your opinion destroyed these neighborhoods? The only time we drive around the south side is to score drugs.Do you think we want to drive around and look at the destruction and despair? The patches of dirt where flowers and grass once grew. The buildings with spraypaint and years of neglect broken windows with curtains blowing in the breeze. Not a movie theatre or major store in sight. You took over our neighborhood get the facts straight. When you got home loans for the first time in the 1960s. Yes we want to restore Chicago!! Yes we will buy you out and fix all the destruction. You mention tanning salons and dog bakeries ? Lmao you think your liquor stores ,currency exchanges and greasy arab chicken shacks are a treasure for any neighborhood? Get ready to move to Evanston, you are already destroying there.

  9. This article is full of . happens all over the city, I can go through any neighborhood and not be bothered. And what the writer is saying if the neighborhood is black, stay out, yet white people been flocking to black neighborhoods since way back. To party, get drugs or get laid, the all the way the “F” up out of here

    1. When does the author mention anything about blacks vs. white? lol Not once is race mentioned…it’s all based on unemployment and crime you dipshit.

  10. Most of this is crap. There are 6 million people who don’t get into trouble so it’s the same ones who hold the rest hostage. At one time these social misfits were carted off to mental institutions before they became problems for society in general. When people function at a low level they become involved in circular retaliatory behavior and God help those who get in between.

  11. The poor grammar and staunch aggression of the folks who are commenting only validate the article. So many people who are shown numbers and facts and still retreat to their bubble.

    This article was very interesting. Thank you for publishing.

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