The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In St. Louis For 2021


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in St. Louis that are the real 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 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in St. Louis.
Worst Neighborhoods In St. Louis

St. Louis'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 St. Louis.

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 St. Louis. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.

So the question arises, which St. Louis neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

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

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

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in St. Louis for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Hyde Park looks to be the worst neighborhood in St. Louis.

Read on to see how we determined the places around St. Louis 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 St. Louis.

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In St. Louis For 2021

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Population: 1,766
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $13,525 (worst)
Median Income: $17,742 (2nd worst)
More on Hyde Park:  Data

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Population: 1,326
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $31,250 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $20,405 (5th worst)
More on College Hill:  Data

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Population: 998
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $54,533 (13th worst)
Median Income: $17,567 (worst)
More on Fountain Park:  Data

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Population: 5,076
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $46,385 (6th worst)
Median Income: $20,499 (6th worst)
More on Jeffvanderlou:  Data

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Population: 2,680
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $19,200 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $19,192 (3rd worst)
More on Hamilton Heights:  Data

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Population: 5,002
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $47,573 (8th worst)
Median Income: $24,483 (19th worst)
More on Wells-Goodfellow:  Data

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3
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Population: 4,569
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $46,888 (7th worst)
Median Income: $25,594 (20th worst)
More on Mark Twain:  Data

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Population: 1,367
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $55,300 (14th worst)
Median Income: $27,263 (24th worst)
More on North Riverfront:  Data

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Population: 3,592
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $44,040 (5th worst)
Median Income: $19,323 (4th worst)
More on Near North Riverfront:  Data

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Population: 1,438
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $119,133 (40th worst)
Median Income: $23,160 (15th worst)
More on Old North Saint Louis:  Data

How we determined the worst St. Louis hoods in 2021

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 St. Louis:

  • 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 St. Louis, Missouri 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 St. Louis.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around St. Louis 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.

The 'hoods around St. Louis that are really hoods

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in St. Louis with Hyde Park landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in St. Louis aren't all bad. Shaw takes the cake as the best place to live in St. Louis.

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

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In St. Louis For 2021?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Hyde Park 1,766 $13,525 $17,742
2 College Hill 1,326 $31,250 $20,405
3 Fountain Park 998 $54,533 $17,567
4 Jeffvanderlou 5,076 $46,385 $20,499
5 Hamilton Heights 2,680 $19,200 $19,192
6 Wells-Goodfellow 5,002 $47,573 $24,483
7 Mark Twain 4,569 $46,888 $25,594
8 North Riverfront 1,367 $55,300 $27,263
9 Near North Riverfront 3,592 $44,040 $19,323
10 Old North Saint Louis 1,438 $119,133 $23,160
11 The Ville 1,546 $66,925 $24,094
12 Baden 4,442 $67,238 $31,199
13 Saint Louis Place 2,720 $87,283 $20,792
14 Kingsway West 2,463 $50,680 $22,624
15 The Greater Ville 5,222 $57,442 $21,783
16 Walnut Park West 2,780 $50,067 $23,188
17 Marine Villa 2,436 $94,560 $22,154
18 Academy 2,766 $125,000 $21,662
19 Riverview 599 $64,600 $28,068
20 Penrose 5,411 $63,122 $28,528
21 Covenant Blu-Grand Center 3,065 $94,067 $21,615
22 Kingsway East 3,102 $64,725 $20,592
23 Midtown 5,141 $79,686 $26,969
24 Lewis Place 1,552 $94,617 $30,867
25 Walnut Park East 4,219 $39,460 $23,817
26 Patch 3,010 $77,371 $33,787
27 Calvary-Bellefontaine Cemetery 974 $56,500 $29,097
28 La Salle 214 $91,400 $49,444
29 Vandeventer 1,970 $136,217 $37,959
30 Tiffany 1,145 $130,600 $38,472
31 Peabody-Darst-Webbe 1,652 $177,725 $48,840
32 Gravois Park 5,567 $52,300 $27,816
33 Visitation Park 708 $203,250 $27,720
34 Kosciusko 1,334 $87,600 $32,066
35 Mount Pleasant 3,978 $69,233 $21,027
36 Benton Park West 4,424 $81,957 $27,137
37 Kings Oak 259 $167,200 $79,338
38 North Point 4,287 $53,260 $34,782
39 Carondelet 8,588 $83,462 $33,642
40 Dutchtown 17,018 $76,896 $26,416
41 Cheltenham 687 $135,900 $56,762
42 The Hill 2,665 $142,367 $46,151
43 West End 7,093 $157,344 $32,716
44 Soulard 2,939 $207,300 $50,458
45 Downtown 4,886 $98,675 $53,428
46 Forest Park Southeast 3,041 $167,775 $38,950
47 Debaliviere Place 3,188 $94,800 $48,868
48 The Gate District 2,845 $176,760 $44,535
49 Tower Grove East 6,721 $125,520 $40,601
50 Mckinley Heights 1,050 $214,900 $56,396
51 Holly Hills 2,442 $124,800 $48,218
52 Botanical Heights 1,058 $180,275 $44,517
53 Southwest Garden 4,289 $125,371 $43,567
54 Fox Park 2,920 $140,950 $46,428
55 Bevo Mill 12,660 $91,100 $38,066
56 Lafayette Square 3,414 $229,940 $52,261
57 Compton Heights 1,390 $325,250 $43,790
58 Downtown West 4,690 $180,933 $51,208
59 Tower Grove South 13,130 $142,150 $45,919
60 Missouri Botanical Garden 1,205 $174,050 $46,431
61 Ellendale 1,951 $126,183 $54,495
62 Boulevard Heights 9,805 $116,520 $49,372
63 Oarondelet Park 837 $190,800 $62,704
64 Franz Park 1,682 $116,333 $55,406
65 Benton Park 3,836 $167,600 $50,431
66 Central West End 15,762 $292,806 $45,552
67 Clifton Heights 2,624 $125,100 $51,116
68 North Hampton 8,316 $138,829 $48,005
69 Clayton-Tamm 1,772 $127,567 $53,881
70 Hi-Pointe 2,160 $116,000 $52,757
71 Lindenwood Park 8,741 $154,377 $57,626
72 Princeton Heights 7,620 $137,220 $54,126
73 Skinker-Debaliviere 4,717 $271,467 $63,278
74 Saint Louis Hills 8,066 $238,900 $63,348
75 Wydown-Skinker 665 $438,400 $102,455
76 South Hampton 6,733 $170,089 $57,638
77 Shaw 6,982 $209,833 $55,118