These Are The 10 Worst Houston Neighborhoods For 2019

We used science and data to determine which Houston neighborhoods 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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Houston.
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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 places don’t quite measure up to Houston’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Houston according to data:

  1. Far North
  2. Northeast
  3. Southeast
  4. East End
  5. North
  6. Southwest
  7. Sugarland
  8. Northwest
  9. Pasadina
  10. Spring Branch

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Houston for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Far North looks to be the worst neighborhood in Houston.

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.

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

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How we determined the worst Houston hoods in 2019

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, Texas 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.

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Population: 59,742
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $52,586 (1st worst)
Median Income: $30,316 (1st worst)
More on Far North:  Data

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Population: 129,659
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $66,156 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $32,777 (2nd worst)
More on Northeast:  Data

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Population: 261,757
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $97,556 (6th worst)
Median Income: $41,297 (5th worst)
More on Southeast:  Data

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Population: 87,359
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $102,414 (7th worst)
Median Income: $37,480 (4th worst)
More on East End:  Data

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Population: 119,685
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $88,419 (5th worst)
Median Income: $34,255 (3rd worst)
More on North:  Data

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Population: 108,921
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $102,760 (8th worst)
Median Income: $48,850 (7th worst)
More on Southwest:  Data

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Population: 125,992
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $83,472 (4th worst)
Median Income: $42,634 (6th worst)
More on Sugarland:  Data

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Population: 138,832
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $132,124 (11th worst)
Median Income: $48,919 (8th worst)
More on Northwest:  Data

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Population: 143,203
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $121,525 (9th worst)
Median Income: $64,381 (12th worst)
More on Pasadina:  Data

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Population: 143,332
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $215,498 (15th worst)
Median Income: $59,660 (11th worst)
More on Spring Branch:  Data

The ‘hoods around Houston that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Houston with Far North 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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Detailed List Of The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Houston For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Far North 59,742 $52,586 $30,316
2 Northeast 129,659 $66,156 $32,777
3 Southeast 261,757 $97,556 $41,297
4 East End 87,359 $102,414 $37,480
5 North 119,685 $88,419 $34,255
6 Southwest 108,921 $102,760 $48,850
7 Sugarland 125,992 $83,472 $42,634
8 Northwest 138,832 $132,124 $48,919
9 Pasadina 143,203 $121,525 $64,381
10 Spring Branch 143,332 $215,498 $59,660
11 Medical 44,356 $216,310 $71,233
12 Westchase 71,050 $131,521 $51,899
13 West Houston 139,738 $223,615 $79,271
14 Far Northeast 90,207 $191,832 $90,179
15 Meyerland 69,368 $194,318 $73,349
16 Bellaire 186,971 $153,867 $55,830
17 Greater Heights 57,943 $362,028 $95,610
18 Montrose 35,723 $378,377 $85,791
19 Downtown 10,089 $63,900 $114,810
20 River Oaks 31,337 $623,948 $130,337
21 Midtown 6,409 $230,220 $80,524
22 Galleria-Uptown 67,996 $406,118 $90,760
23 Rice Military 23,452 $382,779 $118,360
24 Rice 16,664 $600,800 $131,929
25 Greater Memorial 35,799 $850,504 $143,470
26 West University 34,360 $759,119 $165,516

10 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Houston Neighborhoods For 2019

  1. Spring Branch? Sorry, wrong. Not even close. What do you expect from someone who can’t even spell “Pasadena” lol. Go back to writing romance novels.

  2. Where did you get your info? Median house in Sugar Land $99k? Is there a different Sugar Land than the one in Fort Bend County? Per Zillow the median house in SL is $399,900. I’d also like the address of the picture, cause it looks alike like the basketball court on 59 just north of lyons, not sugar land

    1. Article linked above “10 best suburbs in houston” list Sugar Land #3, yet you say it’s the 7th worse neighborhood in Houston.

  3. Sugarland? Spring Branch? You’ve got to be joking. You didn’t even mention the ACTUAL worst neighborhoods… like 3rd Ward, Sunnyside, or Frenchtown. Seriously, have you ever even been to Houston? By the way, it’s spelled “P-A-S-A-D-E-N-A”. There’s no “i”… and besides, Pasadena is it’s own separate incorporated city. Not a neighborhood of Houston proper. Next time, try doing some actual research before you post.

  4. Way way way way way…off.
    Neighborhoods are all wrong.
    Locations all wrong.
    Cutting Houston in four chunks and inside then outside the loop.
    East is always worst.
    South is always worst
    Inside the loop is worst except for southeast and South. There, inside and outside the loop are about the same.
    Best hoods are scattered.
    Heights, River Oaks, Inwood, Galleria, N. Post Oak, Stafford are some of the best.
    West of DT out Washington Ave was very bad but is now completely gentrified.
    Inside the loop is mostly worse than outside the loop.
    East from DT along I-10 all the way to Channelview is bad bad news and ties for worst with
    South from DT all the way to Pasadena.
    Most everywhere else is safe day and night.
    SW, SE, N, and S are ok day only.
    Take care in black hoods unless your black.
    Take care in Spanish hoods if your black.

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