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:
- Grove Park
- Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta
- Center Hill
- Adair Park
- Oakland City
- Vine City
- Cascade Heights
- Adams Park
- 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.
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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.
Median Income: $29,469
Median Home Value: $74,100
2. Grove Park
Median Income: $24,709
Median Home Value: $71,868
3. Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta
Median Income: $23,190
Median Home Value: $79,694
4. Center Hill
Median Income: $26,597
Median Home Value: $74,691
5. Adair Park
Median Income: $25,861
Median Home Value: $79,300
6. Oakland City
Median Income: $26,157
Median Home Value: $77,803
7. Vine City
Median Income: $24,767
Median Home Value: $117,733
8. Cascade Heights
Median Income: $33,174
Median Home Value: $99,774
9. Adams Park
Median Income: $29,543
Median Home Value: $112,744
10. Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta
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
|Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta||3|
|Old Fourth Ward||21|
|Ormewood Park-East Atlanta||23|