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:
- Milo Grogan
- Fort Columbus Airport
- South Linden
- North Central
- Weinland Park
- Near Southside
- 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
Median Income: $18,990
Median Home Value: $63,420
Median Income: $22,162
Median Home Value: $41,233
3. Fort Columbus Airport
Median Income: $24,329
Median Home Value: $44,525
4. South Linden
Median Income: $22,196
Median Home Value: $55,180
5. North Central
Median Income: $30,676
Median Home Value: $65,190
Median Income: $32,046
Median Home Value: $69,883
Median Income: $33,893
Median Home Value: $76,300
8. Weinland Park
Median Income: $11,903
Median Home Value: $53,967
9. Near Southside
Median Income: $29,872
Median Home Value: $73,262
10. South Side
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
|3||Fort Columbus Airport||3,259|
|12||South Alum Creek||5,069|
|15||Olentangy River Road||3,968|
|16||South Central Accord||2,264|
|24||Mckinley Avenue Corridor||4,484|
|28||West Columbus Interim||51,901|
|29||Rocky-Fork Blacklick Accord||7,668|