Houston’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 Houston.
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 Houston. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Houston neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Houston hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Houston area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although West University ranks way above the rest.
We examined 26 of Houston’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Houston’s reputation:
- Far North
- East End
- Spring Branch
Read on to see how we determined the places around Houston 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 Houston 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 Houston:
- 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 Houston 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 Houston.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Houston to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 26 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.
Population: 130,280 Median Income: $31,459
Median Home Value: $67,553
2. Far North
Population: 59,833 Median Income: $30,754
Median Home Value: $101,987
Population: 243,881 Median Income: $39,026
Median Home Value: $97,453
Population: 103,876 Median Income: $48,194
Median Home Value: $105,454
Population: 119,975 Median Income: $31,386
Median Home Value: $88,038
6. East End
Population: 92,603 Median Income: $34,733
Median Home Value: $102,524
Population: 114,830 Median Income: $40,148
Median Home Value: $99,078
Population: 133,002 Median Income: $43,056
Median Home Value: $119,925
Population: 138,489 Median Income: $61,320
Median Home Value: $127,339
10. Spring Branch
Population: 138,420 Median Income: $52,832
Median Home Value: $189,742
The ‘hoods around Houston that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Houston with Northeast landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Houston aren’t all bad. West University takes the cake as the best place to live in Houston.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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