Minneapolis’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 Minneapolis.
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 Minneapolis. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Minneapolis neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Minneapolis hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Minneapolis area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although East Isles ranks way above the rest.
We examined 84 of Minneapolis’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Minneapolis’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Minneapolis according to data:
- University District
- Near North
Read on to see how we determined the places around Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis.
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How we determined the worst Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis:
- 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 Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Minneapolis to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 84 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.
Median Income: $23,214
Median Home Value: $90,950
2. University District
Median Income: $28,900
Median Home Value: $133,800
3. Near North
Median Income: $27,763
Median Home Value: $110,800
Median Income: $34,379
Median Home Value: $118,340
Median Income: $20,578
Median Home Value: $56,083
Median Income: $32,512
Median Home Value: $143,333
Median Income: $36,621
Median Home Value: $107,820
Median Income: $44,556
Median Home Value: $110,500
Median Income: $41,233
Median Home Value: $122,600
Median Income: $36,167
Median Home Value: $104,680
The ‘hoods around Minneapolis that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Minneapolis with Hawthorne landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Minneapolis aren’t all bad. East Isles takes the cake as the best place to live in Minneapolis.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Worst Minneapolis Neighborhoods
|44||St Anthony East||2,205|
|47||St Anthony West||2,371|
|70||Lowry Hill East||6,364|
|81||East Bank-Nicollet Island||1,455|