These Are The 10 Worst St. Louis Neighborhoods For 2019


We used science and data to determine which St. Louis hoods are the 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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in St. Louis.
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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 Shaw ranks way above the rest.

We examined 79 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. Hyde Park
  2. Fairground Neighborhood
  3. College Hill
  4. Fountain Park
  5. Hamilton Heights
  6. Jeffvanderlou
  7. North Riverfront
  8. Wells-Goodfellow
  9. Near North Riverfront
  10. Mark Twain

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in St. Louis for 2019? 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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How we determined the worst St. Louis hoods in 2019

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 79 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. Hyde Park

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 1,766
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $13,525 (1st worst)
Median Income: $17,742 (2nd worst)

2. Fairground Neighborhood

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 941
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $39,875 (5th worst)
Median Income: $20,035 (5th worst)

3. College Hill

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 1,326
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $31,250 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $20,405 (6th worst)

4. Fountain Park

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 998
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $54,533 (14th worst)
Median Income: $17,567 (1st worst)

5. Hamilton Heights

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 2,680
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $19,200 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $19,192 (3rd worst)

6. Jeffvanderlou

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 5,076
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $46,385 (7th worst)
Median Income: $20,499 (7th worst)

7. North Riverfront

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 1,367
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $55,300 (15th worst)
Median Income: $27,263 (26th worst)

8. Wells-Goodfellow

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,002
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $47,573 (9th worst)
Median Income: $24,483 (21st worst)

9. Near North Riverfront

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 3,592
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $44,040 (6th worst)
Median Income: $19,323 (4th worst)

10. Mark Twain

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 4,569
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $46,888 (8th worst)
Median Income: $25,594 (22nd worst)

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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Detailed List Of The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In St. Louis For 2019

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

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2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst St. Louis Neighborhoods For 2019

  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.

  2. I grew up in old north st. louis I believe that was the area the address was 1621 knapp st 63106 I really would like some info on that area. and also what would it take to turn these neighborhoods around. What if a builder went in and built all new homes would that bring the middle class back to these neighborhoods. I’m guessing the crack and cocaine epidemic brought them down in the first place. I’m so serious about trying to find a way to rebuild my old neighbor hood.

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