Detroit’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 Detroit.
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 Detroit. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Detroit neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Detroit hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Detroit area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although North Rosedale Park ranks way above the rest.
We examined 92 of Detroit’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Detroit’s reputation:
- Herman Gardens
- State Fair Grounds
- Forest Park
- Poletown East
- Chaldean Town
- English Village
- Carbon Works
- Westwood Park
- Oakwood Heights
Read on to see how we determined the places around Detroit 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 Detroit 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 Detroit:
- 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 Detroit 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 Detroit.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Detroit to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 92 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. Herman Gardens
Population: 292 Median Income: $11,310
Median Home Value: $45,000
2. State Fair Grounds
Population: 324 Median Income: $14,915
Median Home Value: $24,000
3. Forest Park
Population: 845 Median Income: $20,734
Median Home Value: $29,000
4. Poletown East
Population: 514 Median Income: $23,197
Median Home Value: $35,675
5. Chaldean Town
Population: 1,344 Median Income: $17,364
Median Home Value: $18,000
Population: 965 Median Income: $21,496
Median Home Value: $35,700
7. English Village
Population: 719 Median Income: $21,336
Median Home Value: $28,800
8. Carbon Works
Population: 632 Median Income: $20,417
Median Home Value: $44,400
9. Westwood Park
Population: 679 Median Income: $23,750
Median Home Value: $43,500
10. Oakwood Heights
Population: 734 Median Income: $26,863
Median Home Value: $43,100
The ‘hoods around Detroit that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Detroit with Herman Gardens landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Detroit aren’t all bad. North Rosedale Park takes the cake as the best place to live in Detroit.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of Detroit Neighborhoods
|State Fair Grounds||2|
|Lasalle College Park||38|
|Eight Mile Wyoming||43|
|East English Village||52|
|Conner Creek Ind||61|
|West Side Industrial||82|
|North Rosedale Park||92|