These Are The 10 Worst Denver Neighborhoods


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

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Denver’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 Denver.

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 Denver. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

So the question arises, which Denver neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Denver hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Denver area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Washington Park ranks way above the rest.

We examined 22 of Denver’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Denver’s reputation:

  1. Northern Denver
  2. Baker
  3. Central West Denver
  4. Northwestern Denver
  5. Southwestern Denver
  6. Gateway-Green Valley Ranch
  7. Highland
  8. City Park
  9. Jefferson Park
  10. Park Hill

Read on to see how we determined the places around Denver 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 Denver 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 Denver:

  • 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 Denver 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 Denver.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Denver to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 22 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. Northern Denver

Northern Denver, Denver, CO

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,206
Median Income: $42,724
Median Home Value: $178,195

2. Baker

Baker, Denver, CO

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,975
Median Income: $44,451
Median Home Value: $264,640

3. Central West Denver

Central West Denver, Denver, CO

Source: Google Maps

Population: 47,384
Median Income: $41,959
Median Home Value: $208,343

4. Northwestern Denver

Northwestern Denver, Denver, CO

Source: Google Maps

Population: 29,982
Median Income: $48,352
Median Home Value: $234,376

5. Southwestern Denver

Southwestern Denver, Denver, CO

Source: Google Maps

Population: 116,073
Median Income: $51,820
Median Home Value: $205,377

6. Gateway-Green Valley Ranch

Gateway-Green Valley Ranch, Denver, CO

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,756
Median Income: $69,455
Median Home Value: $191,620

7. Highland

Highland, Denver, CO

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,223
Median Income: $58,975
Median Home Value: $295,804

8. City Park

City Park, Denver, CO

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,007
Median Income: $45,498
Median Home Value: $333,783

9. Jefferson Park

Jefferson Park, Denver, CO

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,938
Median Income: $46,221
Median Home Value: $296,062

10. Park Hill

Park Hill, Denver, CO

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,555
Median Income: $71,247
Median Home Value: $316,203

The ‘hoods around Denver that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Denver with Northern Denver landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Denver aren’t all bad. Washington Park takes the cake as the best place to live in Denver.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of Denver Neighborhoods

Place Rank Population Median Income Median Home Value
Northern Denver 1 24,206 $42,724 $178,195
Baker 2 4,975 $44,451 $264,640
Central West Denver 3 47,384 $41,959 $208,343
Northwestern Denver 4 29,982 $48,352 $234,376
Southwestern Denver 5 116,073 $51,820 $205,377
Gateway-Green Valley Ranch 6 30,756 $69,455 $191,620
Highland 7 14,223 $58,975 $295,804
City Park 8 7,007 $45,498 $333,783
Jefferson Park 9 4,938 $46,221 $296,062
Park Hill 10 25,555 $71,247 $316,203
Southeastern Denver 11 112,726 $56,385 $267,108
Auraria 12 476 $82,386 $0
Capitol Hill 13 20,132 $41,581 $267,044
Golden Triangle 14 1,584 $65,306 $368,600
Five Points 15 12,477 $49,801 $335,942
Stapleton 16 13,701 $92,896 $316,533
Alamo Placita 17 10,866 $53,765 $328,682
Cherry Creek 18 5,191 $103,729 $579,920
Central East Denver 19 61,361 $78,024 $402,770
University 20 16,243 $57,222 $473,630
Lodo 21 6,876 $71,648 $449,186
Washington Park 22 13,580 $97,610 $474,000

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