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 places don’t quite measure up to St. Louis’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in St. Louis according to data:
- College Hill
- Hyde Park
- Near North Riverfront
- Fairground Neighborhood
- Fountain Park
- Hamilton Heights
- Fairground Park
- Mark Twain
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.
1. College Hill
Median Income: $20,405
Median Home Value: $31,250
2. Hyde Park
Median Income: $17,742
Median Home Value: $13,525
3. Near North Riverfront
Median Income: $19,323
Median Home Value: $44,040
4. Fairground Neighborhood
Median Income: $20,035
Median Home Value: $39,875
5. Fountain Park
Median Income: $17,567
Median Home Value: $54,533
6. Hamilton Heights
Median Income: $19,192
Median Home Value: $19,200
7. Fairground Park
Median Income: $0
Median Home Value: $67,800
Median Income: $24,483
Median Home Value: $47,573
9. Mark Twain
Median Income: $25,594
Median Home Value: $46,888
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
|3||Near North Riverfront||3,592|
|11||The Greater Ville||5,222|
|13||Saint Louis Place||2,720|
|17||Walnut Park East||4,219|
|21||Walnut Park West||2,780|
|22||Old North Saint Louis||1,438|
|30||Covenant Blu-Grand Center||3,065|
|33||Benton Park West||4,424|
|45||Forest Park Southeast||3,041|
|50||Tower Grove East||6,721|
|52||The Gate District||2,845|
|59||Tower Grove South||13,130|
|61||Missouri Botanical Garden||1,205|
|75||Central West End||15,762|
|77||Saint Louis Hills||8,066|