The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Detroit For 2021


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

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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 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Detroit.
Worst Neighborhoods In Detroit

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 85 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 2021? 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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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Detroit For 2021

Chaldean Town Detroit, MI

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Population: 639
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $5,200 (worst)
Median Income: $16,172 (5th worst)
More on Chaldean Town:  Data

Chaldean Town is an historic Chaldean neighborhood in Detroit located along West Seven Mile Road in a segment in between Woodward Avenue to the west and John R St. to the east. Circa 2007 the population of the district was mainly low income elderly people and recent immigrants, who were mostly made up of Chaldeans. The neighborhood was usually just a stop point for newly arrived immigrants, who then typically preferred to move to the suburbs of Detroit once they gain financial well-being.

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

Forest Park houses the St Albertus Roman Catholic Church and the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank. It is a highly desirable neighborhood valued for the fact that demolition of blighted properties, beginning in 2008, started here first. As such, many tracts of land remain sparsely populated with a low density of residents.

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Population: 508
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $13,280 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $16,286 (6th worst)
More on Poletown East:  Data

Poletown East is a neighborhood area of Detroit, Michigan bordering the enclave city of Hamtramck. The area was named after the Polish immigrants who originally lived in the area. A portion of residential area known as Poletown became the General Motors Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly plant in 1981 with those residents relocated by General Motors and the cities of Detroit and Hamtramck which claimed eminent domain in order to make way for a new automobile plant.

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Population: 743
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $10,300 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $22,039 (16th worst)
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Brightmoor Detroit, MI

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Population: 9,961
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $21,585 (11th worst)
Median Income: $24,947 (24th worst)
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Brightmoor is a roughly 4-square-mile neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan, near the northwest border of the city. Brightmoor is defined by the Brightmoor Alliance as being bordered by Puritan Road to the north, the CSX railway to the south, Evergreen Road to the east, and Outer Drive West, Dacosta Street, and Telegraph Road to the west. However, the demographics given here for the neighborhood are the city's statistical Master Plan Neighborhood area, which consists of eight census tracts that includes some areas outside of the Alliance's boundaries, but does not include some areas within its boundaries.

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Population: 5,084
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $17,800 (7th worst)
Median Income: $28,243 (38th worst)
More on Riverdale:  Data

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Population: 1,080
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $30,900 (28th worst)
Median Income: $25,622 (28th worst)
More on Conant Gardens:  Data

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Population: 615
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $27,300 (17th worst)
Median Income: $33,125 (58th worst)
More on Carbon Works:  Data

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Population: 7,177
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $23,667 (14th worst)
Median Income: $18,799 (10th worst)
More on Petosky-Otsego:  Data

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Population: 2,965
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $29,700 (23rd worst)
Median Income: $27,084 (33rd worst)
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How we determined the worst Detroit hoods in 2021

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 85 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.

The 'hoods around Detroit that are really hoods

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 2021?

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 Poletown East 508 $13,280 $16,286
4 Milwaukee Junction 743 $10,300 $22,039
5 Brightmoor 9,961 $21,585 $24,947
6 Riverdale 5,084 $17,800 $28,243
7 Conant Gardens 1,080 $30,900 $25,622
8 Carbon Works 615 $27,300 $33,125
9 Petosky-Otsego 7,177 $23,667 $18,799
10 Five Points 2,965 $29,700 $27,084
11 Core City 3,511 $28,920 $25,587
12 Kranz Woods 4,297 $30,840 $20,637
13 The Eye 3,437 $27,325 $28,934
14 Warrendale 17,417 $17,650 $27,970
15 Blackstone Park 2,082 $18,467 $22,553
16 Herman Gardens 504 $31,400 $16,440
17 Wayne State 4,223 $39,100 $21,459
18 Barton-Mcfarland 8,306 $34,138 $25,195
19 Fitzgerald 5,670 $40,510 $24,535
20 Fishkorn 3,443 $36,880 $22,662
21 Weatherby 1,643 $28,733 $23,734
22 Franklin Park 11,290 $30,264 $29,235
23 Van Steuban 6,379 $30,738 $34,416
24 Westwood Park 664 $31,700 $26,000
25 Eight Mile Wyoming 2,835 $37,060 $24,143
26 Nw Goldberg 1,265 $39,375 $17,793
27 Grixdale 1,085 $18,750 $35,976
28 Lasalle College Park 3,323 $40,225 $28,500
29 Pulaski 4,741 $21,733 $32,341
30 Mcdougall-Hunt 895 $20,100 $21,728
31 Ravendale 2,166 $26,500 $29,362
32 Briggs 1,635 $29,900 $15,460
33 Hubbard-Richard 2,229 $46,767 $31,279
34 State Fair Grounds 601 $62,300 $11,771
35 Greensbriar 2,531 $31,200 $31,313
36 Islandview 4,941 $44,429 $26,975
37 East English Village 4,473 $50,525 $44,385
38 Lasalle Gardens 1,459 $42,600 $25,774
39 Grandale 5,794 $28,318 $27,806
40 Elmwood Park 6,871 $54,980 $19,106
41 Gold Coast 294 $24,900 $27,832
42 Mohican Regent 3,055 $35,825 $32,005
43 Chandler Park 2,113 $22,133 $31,409
44 New Center 1,038 $56,833 $17,862
45 Eliza Howell 839 $17,300 $45,321
46 Russell Woods 2,983 $47,850 $33,192
47 Conner Creek Ind 1,337 $66,267 $24,371
48 Park 4,597 $35,840 $45,081
49 Joseph Barry 445 $104,400 $41,544
50 Boynton 6,897 $44,709 $27,823
51 Green Acres 889 $92,100 $36,979
52 Old Redford 564 $59,400 $45,833
53 Grandmont-Rosedale 10,334 $48,643 $30,985
54 Castle Rouge 2,041 $47,100 $30,804
55 Berg-Lasher 4,511 $49,500 $31,926
56 Springwells 13,397 $32,206 $29,316
57 Southwest Detroit 14,928 $37,582 $25,383
58 Art Center 1,841 $77,650 $30,184
59 Regent Park 4,362 $40,133 $43,734
60 Jefferson Chalmers 5,689 $59,929 $31,505
61 Brush Park 1,746 $71,250 $30,055
62 Bagley 11,792 $48,720 $38,046
63 Morningside 14,867 $45,932 $38,814
64 Michigan-Martin 1,002 $32,100 $30,051
65 West Village 1,168 $53,200 $24,191
66 Millenium Village 1,211 $96,650 $35,035
67 Woodbridge 2,266 $117,600 $44,060
68 Aviation 3,888 $44,625 $37,824
69 Virginia Park 2,005 $69,733 $29,236
70 Grandmont 2,332 $53,600 $55,696
71 Rivertown 925 $119,000 $48,429
72 Martin Park 4,948 $44,725 $41,604
73 Lafayette Park 5,574 $66,100 $25,886
74 Rosedale Park 3,323 $77,150 $54,763
75 Marina District 386 $168,200 $32,467
76 West Side Industrial 399 $84,300 $42,084
77 Corktown 592 $150,600 $34,167
78 Jefferies 1,361 $153,100 $9,809
79 Detroit Golf 1,616 $177,640 $66,708
80 Belmont 2,238 $29,300 $42,218
81 University District 2,702 $145,725 $77,849
82 Midtown 8,324 $117,389 $19,407
83 North Rosedale Park 4,839 $88,575 $71,137
84 Downtown 4,983 $86,940 $39,360
85 Indian Village 1,672 $220,450 $64,062

6 thoughts on “The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Detroit For 2021

  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!

  2. Chaldean Town is no 1 Poletown East is no 2 Petoskey otsingo is no 3 Carbon Works is no 4 NW Goldberg is no 5 Briggs is no6 Brightmoor is no 7 Oakwood Hts is no 8 State Fair Grounds is no 9 Ravendale is no 10

  3. From the data

    1. 7Mile & Gratiot
    2.Chaldean Town
    3.Petosky Otsigo
    4.Poletown East
    5.7Mile John R
    6.Brightmoor
    7.Forest Park
    8.Dextar Linwood
    9.Riverdale
    10.McDougall Hunt

  4. I’ve lived inside Detroit MI for 62 yrs and believe me Chaldean town is very quiet and safe as well as Poletown and please emphasize the first calculation is median income and property value and not crime….I’m in the College Park area and Love it here, The areas around major Colleges/Universities are safer with their own Patrols.

  5. Where are West Outer Drive and Far West? These neighborhoods are west of Rouge Park and have some of the lowest crime in the city. We are consistently excluded with our 48239 zip code.

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