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 places don’t quite measure up to St. Louis’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in St. Louis according to data:

  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.

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

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

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One thought on “These Are The 10 Worst St. Louis Neighborhoods For 2018

  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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