These Are The 10 Worst Atlanta Neighborhoods For 2018


We used science and data to determine which Atlanta neighborhoods are the real pits.

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Atlanta’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 Atlanta.

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 Atlanta. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

So the question arises, which Atlanta neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

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

We examined 32 of Atlanta’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Atlanta’s reputation:

  1. Adamsville
  2. Grove Park
  3. Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta
  4. Center Hill
  5. Adair Park
  6. Oakland City
  7. Vine City
  8. Cascade Heights
  9. Adams Park
  10. Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta

Read on to see how we determined the places around Atlanta 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 Atlanta.

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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How we determined the worst Atlanta 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 Atlanta:

  • 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 Atlanta 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 Atlanta.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Atlanta to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 32 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. Adamsville

Population: 10,449
Median Income: $29,469
Median Home Value: $74,100

2. Grove Park

Population: 17,343
Median Income: $24,709
Median Home Value: $71,868

3. Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta

Population: 23,563
Median Income: $23,190
Median Home Value: $79,694

4. Center Hill

Population: 10,221
Median Income: $26,597
Median Home Value: $74,691

5. Adair Park

Population: 5,049
Median Income: $25,861
Median Home Value: $79,300

6. Oakland City

Population: 25,535
Median Income: $26,157
Median Home Value: $77,803

7. Vine City

Population: 3,673
Median Income: $24,767
Median Home Value: $117,733

8. Cascade Heights

Population: 21,434
Median Income: $33,174
Median Home Value: $99,774

9. Adams Park

Population: 11,161
Median Income: $29,543
Median Home Value: $112,744

10. Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta

Population: 15,644
Median Income: $36,651
Median Home Value: $114,843

The ‘hoods around Atlanta that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Atlanta with Adamsville landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Atlanta aren’t all bad. Virginia-Highland takes the cake as the best place to live in Atlanta.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Atlanta Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Adamsville 1 10,449 $29,469 $74,100
Grove Park 2 17,343 $24,709 $71,868
Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta 3 23,563 $23,190 $79,694
Center Hill 4 10,221 $26,597 $74,691
Adair Park 5 5,049 $25,861 $79,300
Oakland City 6 25,535 $26,157 $77,803
Vine City 7 3,673 $24,767 $117,733
Cascade Heights 8 21,434 $33,174 $99,774
Adams Park 9 11,161 $29,543 $112,744
Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta 10 15,644 $36,651 $114,843
Mechanicsville 11 2,390 $16,422 $215,200
West End 12 18,921 $26,884 $109,572
Thomasville 13 10,299 $29,553 $103,512
Ben Hill 14 7,585 $52,240 $140,133
Five Points 15 3,362 $36,845 $113,725
Rockdale 16 16,461 $49,318 $154,414
Downtown 17 15,503 $39,355 $136,308
Grant Park 18 11,222 $48,393 $165,600
Sweet Auburn 19 4,567 $29,416 $120,580
Cabbage Town 20 4,441 $59,501 $211,560
Old Fourth Ward 21 10,945 $44,251 $195,245
Edgewood-Kirkwood 22 15,135 $49,830 $202,353
Ormewood Park-East Atlanta 23 11,846 $63,553 $212,760
Oakdale 24 11,394 $95,815 $449,464
Atlanta-Inman Park 25 4,082 $72,717 $312,817
Morningside-Lenox Park 26 9,760 $95,552 $438,225
Home Park 27 10,893 $50,961 $279,400
Poncey-Highland 28 2,219 $63,064 $262,033
Buckhead 29 77,190 $108,567 $466,536
Midtown 30 20,507 $76,263 $318,682
Candler Park 31 7,678 $89,688 $390,562
Virginia-Highland 32 13,132 $98,438 $446,938

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