The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Atlanta For 2021

We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Atlanta that are the real 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 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Atlanta.
Worst Neighborhoods In Atlanta

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 places don't quite measure up to Atlanta's reputation.

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Atlanta for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Adamsville looks to be the worst neighborhood in 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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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Atlanta For 2021

Adamsville Atlanta, GA

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Population: 11,775
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $78,167 (8th worst)
Median Income: $29,150 (8th worst)
More on Adamsville:  Data

Adamsville is a predominantly African-American neighborhood on the west side of Atlanta, Georgia. It is located where Interstate 20 and Interstate 285 meet on the west side.

The entertainers Killer Mike, Bone Crusher, and Stevie-the-Steve-Man Corby came from Adamsville.

The skating rink "Cascades" in the movie ATL is located in Adamsville.

In the year 2000, the city of Atlanta parks and recreation department started construction on a new recreation center. It was finished in 2003 at the price of $13.1 million. The recreation center is known as the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center. The 103,000-square-foot building features an indoor 50-meter pool and a gymnasium and is 10 times larger than the existing Adamsville Recreation Center.

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Population: 9,838
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $44,455 (worst)
Median Income: $29,047 (7th worst)
More on Center Hill:  Data

Center Hill is a neighborhood located in northwest Atlanta, Georgia. Center Hill is centered on Donald L. Hollowell Highway, Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, and Simpson Road.

Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta Atlanta, GA

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Population: 23,547
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $53,753 (5th worst)
Median Income: $27,867 (4th worst)
More on Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta:  Data

Lakewood Heights is a neighborhood in southeast Atlanta. It is bounded by:

the Betmar LaVilla, the Villages at Carver, and South Atlanta neighborhoods on the north,
the Chosewood Park neighborhood on the northeast,
the Norwood Manor neighborhood on the southeast,
the Polar Rock, Swallow Circle/Baywood and Lakewood neighborhoods on the south
the Downtown Connector on the west, across which lie the Sylvan Hills and Capitol View Homes neighborhoods
Lakewood Heights contains the Lakewood Heights Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Population: 3,231
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $49,750 (4th worst)
Median Income: $18,460 (worst)
More on Mechanicsville:  Data

Adair Park Atlanta, GA

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Population: 5,299
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $47,760 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $27,752 (3rd worst)
More on Adair Park:  Data

Adair Park is a residential neighborhood located southwest of downtown Atlanta. It has the form of a left curly bracket, bordered by the MARTA north-south rail line on the northwest, the BeltLine trail on the southwest and Metropolitan Parkway on the east. Historically Adair Park also included the area from Metropolitan Parkway to McDaniel Street on the east, but the city now considers that area part of the Pittsburgh neighborhood.

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Population: 11,352
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $66,500 (6th worst)
Median Income: $28,578 (6th worst)
More on Adams Park:  Data

Grove Park Atlanta, GA

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Population: 15,307
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 6)
Median Home Value: $46,616 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $28,202 (5th worst)
More on Grove Park:  Data

Grove Park is a northwest Atlanta, inside-the-perimeter neighborhood bounded by:

Center Hill on the west
Dixie Hills, West Lake, and Hunter Hills on the south
Bankhead on the east
Almond Park, West Highlands and Rockdale to the north

Oakland City Atlanta, GA

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Population: 26,146
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $67,128 (7th worst)
Median Income: $26,100 (2nd worst)
More on Oakland City:  Data

Oakland City is a neighborhood in southwestern Atlanta, Georgia, just southwest across the BeltLine from West End and Adair Park.

Oakland City was incorporated as a city in 1894 and annexed to Atlanta in 1910.

Oakland City Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It contains wood and brick bungalows as well as Minimal Traditional, English Vernacular Revival, and Craftsman houses. The district included the Withers House, which was demolished in the first decade of the 2000s.

Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta Atlanta, GA

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Population: 15,981
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $91,214 (11th worst)
Median Income: $36,018 (12th worst)
More on Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta:  Data

Cascade Heights Atlanta, GA

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Population: 22,613
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $82,126 (10th worst)
Median Income: $36,682 (13th worst)
More on Cascade Heights:  Data

Cascade Heights is an affluent neighborhood in southwest Atlanta. It is bisected by Cascade Road, which was known as the Sandtown Road in the nineteenth century. The road follows the path of the ancient Sandtown Trail which ran from Stone Mountain to the Creek village of Sandtown on the Chattahoochee and from there on into Alabama. Ironically, the name lived on even after the Indians were expelled in the 1830s.

How we determined the worst Atlanta hoods in 2021

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, Georgia 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.

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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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Atlanta For 2021?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Adamsville 11,775 $78,167 $29,150
2 Center Hill 9,838 $44,455 $29,047
3 Lakewood Heights-Southeastern Atlanta 23,547 $53,753 $27,867
4 Mechanicsville 3,231 $49,750 $18,460
5 Adair Park 5,299 $47,760 $27,752
6 Adams Park 11,352 $66,500 $28,578
7 Grove Park 15,307 $46,616 $28,202
8 Oakland City 26,146 $67,128 $26,100
9 Sandtown-Southeastern Atlanta 15,981 $91,214 $36,018
10 Cascade Heights 22,613 $82,126 $36,682
11 West End 21,513 $78,620 $29,204
12 Ben Hill 8,744 $135,433 $47,408
13 Vine City 3,318 $140,133 $32,397
14 Rockdale 16,487 $134,443 $53,245
15 Thomasville 10,964 $114,838 $39,069
16 Five Points 3,362 $149,350 $38,626
17 Downtown 17,252 $126,777 $40,852
18 Grant Park 11,073 $193,831 $55,894
19 Sweet Auburn 5,350 $169,760 $31,948
20 Edgewood-Kirkwood 16,229 $218,460 $59,141
21 Old Fourth Ward 12,054 $211,300 $50,519
22 Cabbage Town 4,789 $244,040 $62,341
23 Ormewood Park-East Atlanta 11,918 $229,270 $73,545
24 Oakdale 10,957 $480,364 $106,373
25 Home Park 11,414 $279,167 $61,830
26 Morningside-Lenox Park 9,822 $463,688 $110,670
27 Atlanta-Inman Park 4,329 $325,533 $72,215
28 Poncey-Highland 2,726 $234,967 $67,836
29 Candler Park 8,095 $433,750 $89,914
30 Buckhead 78,972 $491,544 $113,902
31 Midtown 21,550 $317,147 $84,987
32 Virginia-Highland 13,359 $486,675 $103,493

3 thoughts on “The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Atlanta For 2021

  1. Whoever wrote this and whatever “scientific analysis” they used is flawed and the author should be smacked for not doing due dilligence? Grove Park is smack in the middle of the hood! It’s literally *ON* Bankhead Highway. Adams Park is a park, not the name of a neighborhood. That area is Venetian, and Adams Park is FAR SAFER than Adamsville.

  2. Thank yooou so much for this information. We are contemplating helping our daughters purchase a home in the Atlanta Area, and this information is invaluable. Since, we live in Mississippi, this information will give us some insight concerning the haves-and-have-nots. When we come there for the summers, we want a nice place to enjoy our time away from home.

  3. I’ve lived in Atlanta and the surrounding areas almost all my life, and noticed some EXTREMELY glaring discrepancies in this very slanted article. What your focus here? I don’t see it focused on investment, livability, or a depth of culture. Not going to nitpick any further, as it seems like I would be writing all day… But, I can also tell you that I invest in real estate currently, and can tell you even your numbers (how dated are these?) aren’t the real world same figures I see.

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