The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Detroit For 2022

We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Detroit that are the real pits.

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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 Indian Village ranks way above the rest.

We examined 87 of Detroit's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Detroit's reputation.

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Detroit for 2022? According to the most recent census data, Chaldean Town looks to be the worst neighborhood in Detroit.

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

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Worst Neighborhoods In Detroit

The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Detroit For 2022

Chaldean Town gets its name from an ethnic group that settled in the region in the early 20th century. The Chaldean Catholic Assyrians began arriving in the 1920s, drawn by Detroit's booming auto industry. This deep cultural history gives the neighborhood character. But, despite this history, the area counts as the number 1 worst place to live in the city.

A terrible economy haunts the area. The unemployment rate hovers at 24.7% and the median income comes in at a measly $16,172. This has led to a run-down housing stock, with median home value at just $5,200.

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Population: 639
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $5,200 (worst)
Median Income: $16,172 (5th worst)
More on Chaldean Town:  Data

Chaldean Town Detroit, MI

Detroit's branch of the Federal Reserve calls the Forest Park neighborhood home. If it's good enough for the people in charge of the U.S. currency, it must be good enough for anyone, right? Not quite. Actually, Forest Park serves as the number 1 worst location in Detroit.

Even with the U.S. central bank around the corner, the 1,044 residents of Forest Park have trouble making ends meet. The unemployment rate sits at 16.1% and the median income comes in at $14,872. Schools and crime are also problems.

It's not all gloomy in the neighborhood. There are plenty of parks and the residents enjoy a rollicking nightlife.

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Population: 1,044
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $14,000 (4th worst)
Median Income: $14,872 (3rd worst)
More on Forest Park:  Data

Petosky-Otsego is a smaller neighborhood in central Detroit, with a population of 7,177. It also ranks as the number 3 least appealing place to live in the city.

The economy makes Petosky-Otsego a difficult place to put down roots. Residents suffer with a 14.9% unemployment rate and a $18,799 median income. At the same time, crime and education are also problems.

Petosky-Otsego has its upsides, though. The area is affordable, with median home values of $23,667. It also has its share parks.

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Population: 7,177
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $23,667 (15th worst)
Median Income: $18,799 (10th worst)
More on Petosky-Otsego:  Data

Petosky-Otsego Detroit, MI

Poletown East gets its name from the Polish immigrants who moved to the area, starting in the late 19th century. This east-side neighborhood is bounded to the north by I-94, within sight of a General Motors assembly plant. This doesn't do much to provide jobs to the area - the local economy is so bad it dooms the neighborhood as the number 4 least attractive place to put down roots in Detroit.

Just look at the stats: a 14.9% unemployment rate and a $16,286 median income. Home prices are at least affordable, though that comes with a run-down housing stock. The median home value sits at $13,280.

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Population: 508
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $13,280 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $16,286 (6th worst)
More on Poletown East:  Data

Poletown East Detroit, MI

When you think of Detroit, you probably think of auto manufacturing. Well, Milwaukee Junction, which gets its name from a key railroad line, served as the epicenter of that industry. In the early 20th century, the neighborhood was home to a large number of car-making startups. Unfortunately, 100 years later, those companies have largely either disappeared or moved on. Now, the neighborhood exists as the number 5 least inviting part of Detroit.

The economy is the main weakness for the 743 residents of the area. The unemployment rate stands at 12.4% and the median income comes in at $22,039.

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Population: 743
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $10,300 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $22,039 (16th worst)
More on Milwaukee Junction:  Data

Milwaukee Junction Detroit, MI

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Population: 1,643
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $28,733 (20th worst)
Median Income: $23,734 (19th worst)
More on Weatherby:  Data

Located in the northwest part of the city, Brightmoor came into existence in the 1920s as a planned community. Fast forward to the early 21st century and the plan has gone awry. The neighborhood now stands as one of the worst places to live in all of Detroit.

A weak job market complicates life for Brightmoor's 9,961 residents. They have to deal with an unemployment rate of 13.1%, along with a median income of $24,947. The median home value comes in at $21,585.

There are bright spots to life in Brightmoor. For instance, residents can check out Eliza Howell Park.

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Population: 9,961
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $21,585 (12th worst)
Median Income: $24,947 (24th worst)
More on Brightmoor:  Data

Brightmoor Detroit, MI

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A rough economic climate presents the main obstacle for people in Riverdale, a neighborhood in the northwest section of the city. The area also suffers from substandard schools and a high crime rate. Taken together, these forces make the area one of the least attractive spots in Detroit.

Just look at the numbers: Riverdale sports an unemployment rate of 12.4% and a median income of $28,243. These financial figures make it difficult for locals to fund schools and other services.

That said, Riverdale has its share of bright spots as well. The nightlife is engaging and the cost of living is affordable. The neighborhood houses its share of green spaces as well, including the Rouge Valley Parkway.

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Population: 5,084
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $17,800 (8th worst)
Median Income: $28,243 (37th worst)
More on Riverdale:  Data

Riverdale Detroit, MI

As you might guess from its name, Carbon Works has an industrial character. Unfortunately for this working-class neighborhood built along the Rouge River in southwest Detroit, residents can't count on those industrial jobs anymore. The result: Carbon Works has become one of the least inviting neighborhoods in the city.

The unemployment rate says it all: 14.7% of the area's 615 residents can't find a job. Meanwhile, the median income comes in at just $33,125. The area also suffers from weak schools and worries about crime.

Still, there are attractions in the area. A strong nightlife and excellent diversity contribute to the local culture. Meanwhile, Forman Park provides a nice outdoor patch by the river.

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Population: 615
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $27,300 (17th worst)
Median Income: $33,125 (57th worst)
More on Carbon Works:  Data

Carbon Works Detroit, MI

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Good luck finding a job in Conant Gardens. This section in the north-central part of the city suffers from an unemployment rate of 22.7%. That provides one of the main reasons why the area ranks number 10 on the list of Detroit's worst neighborhoods.

There are other issues in Conant Gardens. Even with a job, locals often have trouble paying the bills. The median income sits at just $25,622.

Despite these challenges, Conant Gardens maintains a distinct cultural history. It has a long civil rights past, going back to the abolitionist movement of the 1830s.

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Population: 1,080
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $30,900 (28th worst)
Median Income: $25,622 (28th worst)
More on Conant Gardens:  Data

Methodology: How we determined the worst Detroit neighborhoods in 2022

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, Michigan 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 87 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.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Detroit

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Detroit with Chaldean Town landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Detroit aren't all bad. Indian Village 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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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Detroit For 2022?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Chaldean Town 639 $5,200 $16,172
2 Forest Park 1,044 $14,000 $14,872
3 Petosky-Otsego 7,177 $23,667 $18,799
4 Poletown East 508 $13,280 $16,286
5 Milwaukee Junction 743 $10,300 $22,039
6 Weatherby 1,643 $28,733 $23,734
7 Brightmoor 9,961 $21,585 $24,947
8 Riverdale 5,084 $17,800 $28,243
9 Carbon Works 615 $27,300 $33,125
10 Conant Gardens 1,080 $30,900 $25,622
11 Five Points 2,965 $29,700 $27,084
12 Core City 3,511 $28,920 $25,587
13 The Eye 3,437 $27,325 $28,934
14 Kranz Woods 4,297 $30,840 $20,637
15 Greensbriar 2,531 $31,200 $31,313
16 Warrendale 17,417 $17,650 $27,970
17 Herman Gardens 504 $31,400 $16,440
18 Barton-Mcfarland 8,306 $34,138 $25,195
19 Wayne State 4,223 $39,100 $21,459
20 Blackstone Park 2,082 $18,467 $22,553
21 Fitzgerald 5,670 $40,510 $24,535
22 Franklin Park 11,290 $30,264 $29,235
23 Fishkorn 3,443 $36,880 $22,662
24 Van Steuban 6,379 $30,738 $34,416
25 Westwood Park 664 $31,700 $26,000
26 Eight Mile Wyoming 2,835 $37,060 $24,143
27 Conner Creek Ind 1,337 $66,267 $24,371
28 Old Redford 564 $59,400 $45,833
29 Nw Goldberg 1,265 $39,375 $17,793
30 Lasalle College Park 3,323 $40,225 $28,500
31 Grixdale 1,085 $18,750 $35,976
32 Pulaski 4,741 $21,733 $32,341
33 Brush Park 1,746 $71,250 $30,055
34 Millenium Village 1,211 $96,650 $35,035
35 Mcdougall-Hunt 895 $20,100 $21,728
36 Briggs 1,635 $29,900 $15,460
37 Ravendale 2,166 $26,500 $29,362
38 State Fair Grounds 601 $62,300 $11,771
39 Regent Park 4,362 $40,133 $43,734
40 Hubbard-Richard 2,229 $46,767 $31,279
41 Islandview 4,941 $44,429 $26,975
42 East English Village 4,473 $50,525 $44,385
43 Oakwood Heights 164 $15,800 $38,333
44 Lasalle Gardens 1,459 $42,600 $25,774
45 Grandale 5,794 $28,318 $27,806
46 Elmwood Park 6,871 $54,980 $19,106
47 New Center 1,038 $56,833 $17,862
48 Chandler Park 2,113 $22,133 $31,409
49 Mohican Regent 3,055 $35,825 $32,005
50 Eliza Howell 839 $17,300 $45,321
51 Russell Woods 2,983 $47,850 $33,192
52 Park 4,597 $35,840 $45,081
53 Boynton 6,897 $44,709 $27,823
54 Green Acres 889 $92,100 $36,979
55 Belmont 2,238 $29,300 $42,218
56 Joseph Barry 445 $104,400 $41,544
57 Castle Rouge 2,041 $47,100 $30,804
58 Springwells 13,397 $32,206 $29,316
59 Berg-Lasher 4,511 $49,500 $31,926
60 Grandmont-Rosedale 10,334 $48,643 $30,985
61 Southwest Detroit 14,928 $37,582 $25,383
62 Art Center 1,841 $77,650 $30,184
63 Jefferson Chalmers 5,689 $59,929 $31,505
64 Bagley 11,792 $48,720 $38,046
65 Morningside 14,867 $45,932 $38,814
66 Michigan-Martin 1,002 $32,100 $30,051
67 Aviation 3,888 $44,625 $37,824
68 West Village 1,168 $53,200 $24,191
69 Rivertown 925 $119,000 $48,429
70 Woodbridge 2,266 $117,600 $44,060
71 Virginia Park 2,005 $69,733 $29,236
72 Grandmont 2,332 $53,600 $55,696
73 Marina District 386 $168,200 $32,467
74 Martin Park 4,948 $44,725 $41,604
75 Lafayette Park 5,574 $66,100 $25,886
76 Rosedale Park 3,323 $77,150 $54,763
77 West Side Industrial 399 $84,300 $42,084
78 Corktown 592 $150,600 $34,167
79 Detroit Golf 1,616 $177,640 $66,708
80 Jefferies 1,361 $153,100 $9,809
81 Midtown 8,324 $117,389 $19,407
82 University District 2,702 $145,725 $77,849
83 North Rosedale Park 4,839 $88,575 $71,137
84 Downtown 4,983 $86,940 $39,360
85 Sherwood Forest 904 $166,100 $101,429
86 Palmer Woods 1,003 $355,000 $148,977
87 Indian Village 1,672 $220,450 $64,062

Editor's Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don't freak out we updated this article for 2022. This is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Detroit.

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.