Columbus’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 Columbus.
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 Columbus. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Columbus neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Columbus hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Columbus area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Victorican Village ranks way above the rest.
We examined 39 of Columbus’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Columbus’s reputation:
- Milo Grogan
- Fort Columbus Airport
- North Central
- South Linden
- South Side
- Weinland Park
- South Alum Creek
Read on to see how we determined the places around Columbus 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.
How we determined the worst Columbus 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 Columbus:
- 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 Columbus 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 in Columbus.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Columbus to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 39 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. Milo Grogan
Population: 1,396 Median Income: $23,290
Median Home Value: $51,700
Population: 9,053 Median Income: $18,070
Median Home Value: $54,520
3. Fort Columbus Airport
Population: 3,535 Median Income: $23,391
Median Home Value: $51,067
4. North Central
Population: 8,510 Median Income: $31,142
Median Home Value: $73,370
5. South Linden
Population: 8,727 Median Income: $20,439
Median Home Value: $60,400
6. South Side
Population: 15,370 Median Income: $27,586
Median Home Value: $85,410
Population: 3,718 Median Income: $31,819
Median Home Value: $79,483
Population: 19,080 Median Income: $34,959
Median Home Value: $81,740
9. Weinland Park
Population: 5,115 Median Income: $10,623
Median Home Value: $73,925
10. South Alum Creek
Population: 5,199 Median Income: $47,439
Median Home Value: $108,575
The ‘hoods around Columbus that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Columbus with Milo Grogan landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Columbus aren’t all bad. Victorican Village takes the cake as the best place to live in Columbus.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of Columbus Neighborhoods
|Fort Columbus Airport||3|
|South Alum Creek||10|
|Olentangy River Road||14|
|South Central Accord||15|
|McKinley Avenue Corridor||22|
|West Columbus Interim||28|
|Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord||29|