These Are The 10 Worst Columbus Neighborhoods


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

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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:

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

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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 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.

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1. Milo Grogan

Milo Grogan, Columbus, OH

Source: columbus.gov

Population: 1,396
Median Income: $23,290
Median Home Value: $51,700

2. Franklinton

Franklinton, Columbus, OH

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,053
Median Income: $18,070
Median Home Value: $54,520

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3. Fort Columbus Airport

Fort Columbus Airport, Columbus, OH

Source: Google Maps

Population: 3,535
Median Income: $23,391
Median Home Value: $51,067

4. North Central

North Central, Columbus, OH

Source: Google Maps

Population: 8,510
Median Income: $31,142
Median Home Value: $73,370

5. South Linden

South Linden, Columbus, OH

Source: Google Maps

Population: 8,727
Median Income: $20,439
Median Home Value: $60,400

6. South Side

South Side, Columbus, OH

Source: Google Maps

Population: 15,370
Median Income: $27,586
Median Home Value: $85,410

7. Tri-South

Tri-South, Columbus, OH

Source: Google Maps

Population: 3,718
Median Income: $31,819
Median Home Value: $79,483

8. Southwest

Southwest, Columbus, OH

Source: Google Maps

Population: 19,080
Median Income: $34,959
Median Home Value: $81,740

9. Weinland Park

Weinland Park, Columbus, OH

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,115
Median Income: $10,623
Median Home Value: $73,925

10. South Alum Creek

South Alum Creek, Columbus, OH

Source: Google Maps

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

Place Rank Population Median Income Median Home Value
Milo Grogan 1 1,396 $23,290 $51,700
Franklinton 2 9,053 $18,070 $54,520
Fort Columbus Airport 3 3,535 $23,391 $51,067
North Central 4 8,510 $31,142 $73,370
South Linden 5 8,727 $20,439 $60,400
South Side 6 15,370 $27,586 $85,410
Tri-South 7 3,718 $31,819 $79,483
Southwest 8 19,080 $34,959 $81,740
Weinland Park 9 5,115 $10,623 $73,925
South Alum Creek 10 5,199 $47,439 $108,575
Near Southside 11 16,646 $29,269 $79,912
Northeast 12 26,943 $32,266 $98,811
Far South 13 12,673 $39,602 $87,031
Olentangy River Road 14 3,652 $16,877 $153,500
South Central Accord 15 2,252 $39,350 $145,500
Near East 16 16,754 $24,224 $128,048
Whitehall 17 18,471 $36,011 $99,471
Greater Hilltop 18 66,390 $35,456 $90,580
North Linden 19 25,178 $33,947 $87,626
Westland 20 34,363 $48,423 $125,711
Southeast 21 18,541 $47,671 $125,660
McKinley Avenue Corridor 22 5,544 $34,865 $137,700
Italian Village 23 2,625 $43,039 $209,300
Downtown 24 6,793 $33,044 $237,083
University 25 34,393 $25,048 $169,694
Brice-Tussing 26 26,595 $54,716 $126,460
Northland 27 109,831 $50,461 $143,641
West Columbus Interim 28 51,415 $65,706 $162,896
Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord 29 6,566 $76,653 $175,500
Far North 30 30,633 $70,316 $215,594
Northwest 31 75,442 $67,817 $184,416
Brewery 32 1,892 $63,990 $299,250
Clintonville 33 29,155 $70,191 $204,503
Worthington 34 13,438 $80,789 $225,600
Harrison West 35 1,296 $68,903 $267,600
Southside 36 5,517 $61,716 $257,029
Bexley 37 13,073 $116,800 $328,992
Upper Arlington 38 42,378 $92,191 $311,955
Victorican Village 39 4,209 $69,823 $279,000

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3 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Columbus Neighborhoods

  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?

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