These Are The 10 Worst St. Louis Neighborhoods For 2018


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

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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 Wydown-Skinker ranks way above the rest.

We examined 80 of St. Louis’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to St. Louis’s reputation:

  1. College Hill
  2. Hyde Park
  3. Near North Riverfront
  4. Fairground Neighborhood
  5. Fountain Park
  6. Hamilton Heights
  7. Fairground Park
  8. Wells-Goodfellow
  9. Mark Twain
  10. Jeffvanderlou

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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How we determined the worst St. Louis 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 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 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 80 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. College Hill

Population: 1,326
Median Income: $20,405
Median Home Value: $31,250

2. Hyde Park

Population: 1,766
Median Income: $17,742
Median Home Value: $13,525

3. Near North Riverfront

Population: 3,592
Median Income: $19,323
Median Home Value: $44,040

4. Fairground Neighborhood

Population: 941
Median Income: $20,035
Median Home Value: $39,875

5. Fountain Park

Population: 998
Median Income: $17,567
Median Home Value: $54,533

6. Hamilton Heights

Population: 2,680
Median Income: $19,192
Median Home Value: $19,200

7. Fairground Park

Population: 311
Median Income: $0
Median Home Value: $67,800

8. Wells-Goodfellow

Population: 5,002
Median Income: $24,483
Median Home Value: $47,573

9. Mark Twain

Population: 4,569
Median Income: $25,594
Median Home Value: $46,888

10. Jeffvanderlou

Population: 5,076
Median Income: $20,499
Median Home Value: $46,385

The ‘hoods around St. Louis that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in St. Louis with College Hill landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in St. Louis aren’t all bad. Wydown-Skinker 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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Detailed List Of The Worst St. Louis Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
College Hill 1 1,326 $20,405 $31,250
Hyde Park 2 1,766 $17,742 $13,525
Near North Riverfront 3 3,592 $19,323 $44,040
Fairground Neighborhood 4 941 $20,035 $39,875
Fountain Park 5 998 $17,567 $54,533
Hamilton Heights 6 2,680 $19,192 $19,200
Fairground Park 7 311 $0 $67,800
Wells-Goodfellow 8 5,002 $24,483 $47,573
Mark Twain 9 4,569 $25,594 $46,888
Jeffvanderlou 10 5,076 $20,499 $46,385
The Greater Ville 11 5,222 $21,783 $57,442
The Ville 12 1,546 $24,094 $66,925
Saint Louis Place 13 2,720 $20,792 $87,283
Calvary-Bellefontaine Cemetery 14 974 $29,097 $56,500
North Riverfront 15 1,367 $27,263 $55,300
Kingsway West 16 2,463 $22,624 $50,680
Walnut Park East 17 4,219 $23,817 $39,460
Riverview 18 599 $28,068 $64,600
Penrose Park 19 89 $21,042 $56,100
Penrose 20 5,411 $28,528 $63,122
Walnut Park West 21 2,780 $23,188 $50,067
Old North Saint Louis 22 1,438 $23,160 $119,133
Lewis Place 23 1,552 $30,867 $94,617
Baden 24 4,442 $31,199 $67,238
Kingsway East 25 3,102 $20,592 $64,725
Marine Villa 26 2,436 $22,154 $94,560
Kosciusko 27 1,334 $32,066 $87,600
Patch 28 3,010 $33,787 $77,371
Academy 29 2,766 $21,662 $125,000
Covenant Blu-Grand Center 30 3,065 $21,615 $94,067
Gravois Park 31 5,567 $27,816 $52,300
Vandeventer 32 1,970 $37,959 $136,217
Benton Park West 33 4,424 $27,137 $81,957
North Point 34 4,287 $34,782 $53,260
Midtown 35 5,141 $26,969 $79,686
Mount Pleasant 36 3,978 $21,027 $69,233
La Salle 37 214 $49,444 $91,400
Dutchtown 38 17,018 $26,416 $76,896
Tiffany 39 1,145 $38,472 $130,600
Visitation Park 40 708 $27,720 $203,250
Carondelet 41 8,588 $33,642 $83,462
Peabody-Darst-Webbe 42 1,652 $48,840 $177,725
West End 43 7,093 $32,716 $157,344
Holly Hills 44 2,442 $48,218 $124,800
Forest Park Southeast 45 3,041 $38,950 $167,775
Bevo Mill 46 12,660 $38,066 $91,100
The Hill 47 2,665 $46,151 $142,367
Botanical Heights 48 1,058 $44,517 $180,275
Kings Oak 49 259 $79,338 $167,200
Tower Grove East 50 6,721 $40,601 $125,520
Boulevard Heights 51 9,805 $49,372 $116,520
The Gate District 52 2,845 $44,535 $176,760
Cheltenham 53 687 $56,762 $135,900
Ellendale 54 1,951 $54,495 $126,183
Downtown 55 4,886 $53,428 $98,675
Clifton Heights 56 2,624 $51,116 $125,100
Southwest Garden 57 4,289 $43,567 $125,371
Fox Park 58 2,920 $46,428 $140,950
Tower Grove South 59 13,130 $45,919 $142,150
Downtown West 60 4,690 $51,208 $180,933
Missouri Botanical Garden 61 1,205 $46,431 $174,050
Franz Park 62 1,682 $55,406 $116,333
North Hampton 63 8,316 $48,005 $138,829
Soulard 64 2,939 $50,458 $207,300
Hi-Pointe 65 2,160 $52,757 $116,000
Benton Park 66 3,836 $50,431 $167,600
Compton Heights 67 1,390 $43,790 $325,250
Oarondelet Park 68 837 $62,704 $190,800
Lafayette Square 69 3,414 $52,261 $229,940
Debaliviere Place 70 3,188 $48,868 $94,800
Clayton-Tamm 71 1,772 $53,881 $127,567
Princeton Heights 72 7,620 $54,126 $137,220
Mckinley Heights 73 1,050 $56,396 $214,900
Lindenwood Park 74 8,741 $57,626 $154,377
Central West End 75 15,762 $45,552 $292,806
South Hampton 76 6,733 $57,638 $170,089
Saint Louis Hills 77 8,066 $63,348 $238,900
Skinker-Debaliviere 78 4,717 $63,278 $271,467
Shaw 79 6,982 $55,118 $209,833
Wydown-Skinker 80 665 $102,455 $438,400

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  1. “Until World War II, Mount Auburn was a largely white, working-class neighborhood filled with frame bungalows with wide front porches. Neighbors knew each other, their kids walked to Mount Auburn Elementary School, up to Woolworths or J.C. Penney on East Grand, and over to the Major Theater on Samuell Avenue. It was your typical all-American neighborhood. No, it was your typical ALL-WHITE neighborhood. Non-white Americans were not welcome (like many neighborhoods in Dallas). Dallas neighborhoods were once severely segregated by race and ethnicity. Now, in these enlightened times, we don”t do that any more. Racial segregation has given way to economic segregation, thanks in large part to unchecked gentrification. Just like the neighborhoods east of Central Expressway, and south of Henderson, the poor and the middle class families will continue to disappear as redevelopment accelerates.

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