These Are The 10 Worst Minneapolis Neighborhoods For 2018


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

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Worst Neighborhoods In Minneapolis

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:

  1. Hawthorne
  2. University District
  3. Near North
  4. Webber-Camden
  5. Cedar-Riverside
  6. Harrison
  7. Jordan
  8. McKinley
  9. Lind-Bohanon
  10. Folwell

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.

1. Hawthorne

Population: 4,225
Median Income: $23,214
Median Home Value: $90,950

2. University District

Population: 6,542
Median Income: $28,900
Median Home Value: $133,800

3. Near North

Population: 6,449
Median Income: $27,763
Median Home Value: $110,800

4. Webber-Camden

Population: 5,077
Median Income: $34,379
Median Home Value: $118,340

5. Cedar-Riverside

Population: 7,761
Median Income: $20,578
Median Home Value: $56,083

6. Harrison

Population: 3,135
Median Income: $32,512
Median Home Value: $143,333

7. Jordan

Population: 8,575
Median Income: $36,621
Median Home Value: $107,820

8. Mckinley

Population: 2,989
Median Income: $44,556
Median Home Value: $110,500

9. Lind-Bohanon

Population: 4,898
Median Income: $41,233
Median Home Value: $122,600

10. Folwell

Population: 5,128
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

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Hawthorne 4,225 $23,214 $90,950
2 University District 6,542 $28,900 $133,800
3 Near North 6,449 $27,763 $110,800
4 Webber-Camden 5,077 $34,379 $118,340
5 Cedar-Riverside 7,761 $20,578 $56,083
6 Harrison 3,135 $32,512 $143,333
7 Jordan 8,575 $36,621 $107,820
8 Mckinley 2,989 $44,556 $110,500
9 Lind-Bohanon 4,898 $41,233 $122,600
10 Folwell 5,128 $36,167 $104,680
11 East Phillips 4,915 $30,364 $103,300
12 Ventura Village 4,992 $18,972 $126,800
13 Shingle Creek 3,138 $52,373 $123,975
14 Marshall Terrace 1,572 $42,536 $168,900
15 Elliot Park 6,917 $30,026 $99,500
16 Seward 7,629 $32,280 $145,900
17 Phillips West 5,407 $21,276 $166,183
18 Willard Hay 8,736 $42,677 $135,278
19 Prospect Park 7,060 $32,528 $183,567
20 Sumner-Glenwood 1,383 $13,940 $222,350
21 Cleveland 2,738 $53,400 $124,150
22 Beltrami 1,311 $43,571 $166,100
23 Midtown Phillips 4,895 $39,992 $136,633
24 Northeast Park 434 $47,500 $181,900
25 Stevens Square 3,633 $24,394 $114,950
26 Bottineau 1,523 $47,026 $169,100
27 Southeast Como 6,462 $42,316 $168,260
28 Holland 5,188 $38,677 $155,675
29 Columbia Park 1,443 $56,994 $165,250
30 Logan Park 2,052 $44,840 $161,550
31 Powderhorn Park 9,761 $42,688 $168,050
32 Morris Park 2,785 $58,125 $152,000
33 Longfellow 4,979 $56,687 $181,829
34 Loring Park 8,042 $33,941 $85,471
35 Central 8,695 $40,174 $169,911
36 Bryant 3,288 $57,923 $160,967
37 Corcoran 3,714 $57,417 $154,900
38 North Loop 4,440 $56,859 $200,575
39 Victory 4,363 $64,967 $154,280
40 Whittier 13,869 $34,450 $189,409
41 Windom 3,961 $56,297 $170,380
42 Sheridan 2,790 $44,741 $169,967
43 Wenonah 4,097 $53,791 $187,125
44 St Anthony East 2,205 $37,796 $174,800
45 Ericsson 3,181 $70,734 $197,875
46 Marcy Holmes 9,812 $31,096 $203,889
47 St Anthony West 2,371 $53,813 $233,200
48 Lyndale 6,521 $34,087 $202,775
49 Downtown East 1,513 $93,472 $400,000
50 Minnehaha 4,120 $62,112 $182,280
51 Standish 6,896 $69,558 $182,814
52 Downtown West 6,687 $59,754 $162,720
53 Windom Park 5,170 $55,299 $191,540
54 Cooper 3,825 $74,377 $212,100
55 Hiawatha 5,927 $64,209 $205,750
56 Armatage 4,521 $88,594 $252,329
57 Waite Park 5,390 $68,991 $184,867
58 Regina 2,056 $77,772 $199,167
59 Bancroft 3,169 $56,696 $177,625
60 Diamond Lake 6,003 $75,977 $213,000
61 Bryn Mawr 2,916 $86,308 $298,675
62 Howe 6,368 $65,288 $190,456
63 Kenny 3,624 $93,631 $255,475
64 Northrup 4,491 $79,374 $242,380
65 Audubon Park 5,514 $75,255 $185,620
66 Lowry Hill 3,974 $94,764 $444,480
67 Hale 3,174 $100,067 $277,225
68 Keewaydin 3,531 $78,046 $235,375
69 East Harriet 3,334 $97,639 $428,225
70 Lowry Hill East 6,364 $50,121 $189,300
71 Cedar-Isles-Dean 3,339 $75,525 $354,367
72 West Calhoun 1,349 $77,292 $460,500
73 Kingfield 8,059 $80,185 $244,700
74 Linden Hills 8,261 $99,028 $392,300
75 Field 2,538 $95,869 $233,467
76 Kenwood 1,764 $138,015 $664,600
77 Calhoun 6,211 $60,014 $254,933
78 Page 2,097 $132,458 $341,300
79 Fuller Tangletown 4,407 $106,475 $339,320
80 East Calhoun 2,688 $89,776 $513,567
81 East Bank-Nicollet Island 1,455 $89,583 $407,500
82 Fulton 5,916 $110,994 $370,417
83 Lynnhurst 5,909 $128,717 $490,300
84 East Isles 3,254 $89,276 $377,250

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