These Are The 10 Worst Columbus Neighborhoods For 2018


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

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Worst Neighborhoods In Columbus

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 Bexley ranks way above the rest.

We examined 39 of Columbus’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Columbus’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Columbus according to data:

  1. Milo Grogan
  2. Franklinton
  3. Fort Columbus Airport
  4. South Linden
  5. North Central
  6. Tri-South
  7. Southwest
  8. Weinland Park
  9. Near Southside
  10. South Side

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.

Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Columbus.

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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 of 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: 1,687
Median Income: $18,990
Median Home Value: $63,420

2. Franklinton

Population: 8,002
Median Income: $22,162
Median Home Value: $41,233

3. Fort Columbus Airport

Population: 3,259
Median Income: $24,329
Median Home Value: $44,525

4. South Linden

Population: 8,900
Median Income: $22,196
Median Home Value: $55,180

5. North Central

Population: 9,304
Median Income: $30,676
Median Home Value: $65,190

6. Tri-South

Population: 4,211
Median Income: $32,046
Median Home Value: $69,883

7. Southwest

Population: 20,011
Median Income: $33,893
Median Home Value: $76,300

8. Weinland Park

Population: 5,155
Median Income: $11,903
Median Home Value: $53,967

9. Near Southside

Population: 17,087
Median Income: $29,872
Median Home Value: $73,262

10. South Side

Population: 15,217
Median Income: $32,931
Median Home Value: $78,536

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. Bexley 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 The Worst Columbus Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Milo Grogan 1,687 $18,990 $63,420
2 Franklinton 8,002 $22,162 $41,233
3 Fort Columbus Airport 3,259 $24,329 $44,525
4 South Linden 8,900 $22,196 $55,180
5 North Central 9,304 $30,676 $65,190
6 Tri-South 4,211 $32,046 $69,883
7 Southwest 20,011 $33,893 $76,300
8 Weinland Park 5,155 $11,903 $53,967
9 Near Southside 17,087 $29,872 $73,262
10 South Side 15,217 $32,931 $78,536
11 Northeast 28,216 $31,878 $91,389
12 South Alum Creek 5,069 $49,691 $96,575
13 Whitehall 18,703 $36,549 $77,979
14 Far South 13,541 $41,356 $80,477
15 Olentangy River Road 3,968 $26,190 $85,300
16 South Central Accord 2,264 $41,028 $148,700
17 Greater Hilltop 64,288 $34,883 $78,971
18 University 34,233 $25,454 $75,319
19 Near East 16,994 $28,029 $106,067
20 Westland 34,827 $47,063 $115,900
21 North Linden 26,565 $36,667 $83,441
22 Southeast 19,784 $48,654 $117,020
23 Brice-Tussing 25,788 $49,755 $115,680
24 Mckinley Avenue Corridor 4,484 $43,013 $152,667
25 Northland 114,406 $51,177 $123,056
26 Italian Village 2,621 $48,929 $210,633
27 Downtown 7,789 $39,497 $257,971
28 West Columbus Interim 51,901 $72,745 $160,882
29 Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord 7,668 $74,986 $171,700
30 Far North 33,121 $72,783 $207,181
31 Northwest 78,093 $69,474 $172,298
32 Brewery 1,977 $63,040 $284,750
33 Clintonville 30,307 $74,325 $198,503
34 Worthington 13,932 $85,381 $223,153
35 Victorican Village 4,069 $60,330 $278,525
36 Southside 5,623 $62,444 $253,957
37 Harrison West 1,405 $71,810 $255,600
38 Upper Arlington 42,856 $100,077 $317,811
39 Bexley 13,237 $108,924 $314,783

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12 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Columbus Neighborhoods For 2018

  1. I think this list is asinine and classist. Or is this list so you push the poor and or people of color out to make the “hood”cool. You know like what happened with Victorian Village and Short North. Hold out concern,care and resources until the rich youth start to live there.

  2. There is no Fort Columbus Airport. There is a PORT Columbus Airport. Also, what is the difference between the South Side which is listed at #6, and the Southside which is listed at #36?

  3. North Linden between Weber and Hudson is a bombed out ghetto worthy of Detroit status. They should rename Cleveland Ave as Martin Luther King Blvd there. And Weber should be renamed Rosa Parks Ave. You know you’re in a bad neighborhood when you have a mosque across from a Caribbean Kitchen, and everything else is boarded up because of the bullet holes. Our own little East St Louis.

    1. Damn you are one sick individual dude.. But with a name like Donald Trump says it all.. Come and stop by have a plate of the best Caribbean food Columbus has to offer. And come an enjoy the beautiful souls that are at Madrid sahaba before you write us off my friend, I promise you would have a change of heart. My name is Hamsa and I invite you to the “ghetto”. I promise it wont disappoint once you see the great people that call this side of town home. Peace and love my friend!!!

  4. Franklinton has began to get better while areas like northwest columbus and whitehall have gotten worse. Almost all neighborhoods in columbus tend to go up and down most dont stay ghetto like german village used to be considered slums and now its considered one of the best neighborhoods.

  5. Columbus east-side is the worst, pound for pound, in murders, crime, and just over negrosity. The north side (161 to Shrock Rd) has been overtaken by section 8 and the trash that came with it.

    1. “Negrosity” Wow really are you serious right now? Like this article has showed me some really really sad people do live in Columbus. Look this city is beautiful and among one of the best places to live in the world and I am happy to call it home. But I see you are in sad man. I hope you will get thru what ever you are going thru and I will pray for you my friend because what you said says a whole lot about what can of person you are and you are hurt so I will pray for you. Get well soon buddy….

  6. The worst place to go at night is easily Livingston Ave in the summer at night. Be alone, any color, look like you have something, and you will get stomped. Forget neighborhoods, streets wise? Livingston at night in the summer. Worst part is South Park apartments. Be white, dont know anyone, dare you.

  7. Does anyone have tips for someone moving to Columbus from out of state? We are being relocated for work. I have 2 young children so I’m not looking to be near the slum areas but not looking for hatred and bigotry either. Is there a happy medium??

  8. I grew up in what they call the Short North and Victorian Village area now. I went to Hubbard Elementary, Everett Jr High and Central and guess what I was a poor white kid. I saw alot! And yes they have cleaned up the buildings. Sandy Woods
    was a smart man. He saw the opportunity to make a lot money on a area that had lost its life,
    Its funny I drive down there now and I have to laugh thinking about what people are paying to
    Live there. Still drunks, gays, prostitutes. Just people with more money that brains.

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