These Are The 10 Worst Detroit Neighborhoods


We used science and data to determine which Detroit neighborhoods 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 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:

  1. Herman Gardens
  2. State Fair Grounds
  3. Forest Park
  4. Poletown East
  5. Chaldean Town
  6. Mcdougall-Hunt
  7. English Village
  8. Carbon Works
  9. Westwood Park
  10. 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.

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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

Herman Gardens, Detroit, MI

Source: Google Maps

Population: 292
Median Income: $11,310
Median Home Value: $45,000

2. State Fair Grounds

State Fair Grounds, Detroit, MI

Source: Google Maps

Population: 324
Median Income: $14,915
Median Home Value: $24,000

3. Forest Park

Forest Park, Detroit, MI

Source: Google Maps

Population: 845
Median Income: $20,734
Median Home Value: $29,000

4. Poletown East

Poletown East, Detroit, MI

Source: Google Maps

Population: 514
Median Income: $23,197
Median Home Value: $35,675

5. Chaldean Town

Chaldean Town, Detroit, MI

Source: Google Maps

Population: 1,344
Median Income: $17,364
Median Home Value: $18,000

6. Mcdougall-Hunt

Mcdougall-Hunt, Detroit, MI

Source: Google Maps

Population: 965
Median Income: $21,496
Median Home Value: $35,700

7. English Village

English Village, Detroit, MI

Source: Google Maps

Population: 719
Median Income: $21,336
Median Home Value: $28,800

8. Carbon Works

Carbon Works, Detroit, MI

Source: Google Maps

Population: 632
Median Income: $20,417
Median Home Value: $44,400

9. Westwood Park

Westwood Park, Detroit, MI

Source: Google Maps

Population: 679
Median Income: $23,750
Median Home Value: $43,500

10. Oakwood Heights

Oakwood Heights, Detroit, MI

Source: Google Maps

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

Place Rank Population Median Income Median Home Value
Herman Gardens 1 292 $11,310 $45,000
State Fair Grounds 2 324 $14,915 $24,000
Forest Park 3 845 $20,734 $29,000
Poletown East 4 514 $23,197 $35,675
Chaldean Town 5 1,344 $17,364 $18,000
McDougall-Hunt 6 965 $21,496 $35,700
English Village 7 719 $21,336 $28,800
Carbon Works 8 632 $20,417 $44,400
Westwood Park 9 679 $23,750 $43,500
Oakwood Heights 10 734 $26,863 $43,100
Nw Goldberg 11 2,064 $12,220 $44,525
Core City 12 3,494 $20,051 $53,220
Pulaski 13 5,796 $22,445 $47,517
Brightmoor 14 10,092 $24,141 $58,642
Kranz Woods 15 3,901 $19,457 $54,680
Petosky-Otsego 16 9,529 $18,783 $59,389
Conant Gardens 17 1,350 $25,394 $57,550
Ravendale 18 2,595 $29,075 $50,060
Briggs 19 1,532 $17,016 $88,400
Hubbard-Richard 20 1,541 $18,640 $45,000
Milwaukee Junction 21 566 $30,962 $60,800
Riverdale 22 5,672 $24,402 $62,800
Fishkorn 23 3,496 $22,979 $60,700
Van Steuban 24 6,648 $26,030 $55,957
Islandview 25 5,612 $23,850 $47,386
Grandale 26 6,874 $27,294 $51,518
Medical Center 27 1,162 $20,069 $0
Greensbriar 28 3,738 $29,835 $62,400
Franklin Park 29 9,964 $28,239 $52,800
Warrendale 30 19,349 $27,886 $49,405
Weatherby 31 1,802 $27,008 $66,833
The Eye 32 3,862 $31,874 $51,775
Barton-McFarland 33 9,755 $31,377 $54,792
Alden Park 34 510 $23,194 $97,800
Jefferson Chalmers 35 6,622 $25,000 $54,329
Michigan-Martin 36 914 $20,744 $49,300
Fitzgerald 37 7,866 $26,430 $54,140
Lasalle College Park 38 4,086 $28,444 $63,400
Southwest Detroit 39 15,641 $27,157 $53,545
Grixdale 40 619 $15,345 $61,700
Gold Coast 41 321 $22,775 $43,900
Elmwood Park 42 6,084 $18,830 $81,775
Eight Mile Wyoming 43 4,002 $33,231 $59,260
Minock Park 44 1,203 $28,650 $78,800
New Center 45 760 $21,925 $87,800
Five Points 46 2,325 $36,398 $61,300
Springwells 47 13,528 $32,132 $50,869
Wayne State 48 3,437 $24,035 $101,450
Lasalle Gardens 49 1,583 $30,410 $56,250
Mohican Regent 50 2,971 $38,819 $55,625
Boynton 51 6,760 $28,213 $57,009
East English Village 52 3,842 $40,640 $68,062
Castle Rouge 53 2,066 $38,784 $51,800
Chandler Park 54 1,677 $25,731 $70,367
Marina District 55 137 $56,840 $202,300
Russell Woods 56 2,982 $33,265 $62,275
Brush Park 57 1,188 $30,918 $199,000
Virginia Park 58 2,200 $25,402 $86,500
Lafayette Park 59 4,528 $22,256 $78,100
Belmont 60 2,560 $27,572 $57,700
Conner Creek Ind 61 1,027 $36,944 $116,150
Millenium Village 62 1,274 $35,238 $104,300
Park 63 3,776 $48,052 $61,060
Regent Park 64 5,051 $42,112 $74,267
Morningside 65 15,476 $34,818 $66,579
West Village 66 1,015 $28,618 $56,100
Old Redford 67 368 $32,404 $94,200
Corktown 68 579 $35,893 $126,400
Aviation 69 3,679 $39,342 $63,025
Midtown 70 6,614 $19,507 $151,120
Green Acres 71 991 $51,167 $116,100
Woodbridge 72 1,943 $38,426 $130,200
Joseph Barry 73 431 $36,310 $96,250
Martin Park 74 4,608 $35,014 $65,175
Eliza Howell 75 863 $47,416 $63,550
Blackstone Park 76 2,629 $28,512 $68,167
Palmer Woods 77 808 $131,983 $352,500
Grandmont-Rosedale 78 11,054 $36,995 $72,200
Rivertown 79 674 $41,045 $190,500
Downtown 80 4,284 $36,493 $119,900
Art Center 81 1,586 $35,678 $178,300
West Side Industrial 82 277 $47,464 $119,900
Bagley 83 12,488 $42,539 $87,607
Berg-Lasher 84 4,053 $39,840 $85,760
Detroit Golf 85 1,223 $63,821 $205,920
Jefferies 86 946 $9,923 $322,200
Grandmont 87 2,622 $47,424 $69,267
Sherwood Forest 88 1,129 $72,938 $196,900
Rosedale Park 89 3,228 $67,208 $103,175
University District 90 2,109 $75,118 $173,475
Indian Village 91 1,333 $73,210 $210,250
North Rosedale Park 92 4,823 $79,797 $103,975

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2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Detroit Neighborhoods

  1. Will you continue to update theses results as they change annually? I love this post! A lot of research and data went into this one. Thanks a lot!

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