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:
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.
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $52,586 (1st worst)
Median Income: $30,316 (1st worst)
More on Far North: Data
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $66,156 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $32,777 (2nd worst)
More on Northeast: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $97,556 (6th worst)
Median Income: $41,297 (5th worst)
More on Southeast: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $102,414 (7th worst)
Median Income: $37,480 (4th worst)
More on East End: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $88,419 (5th worst)
Median Income: $34,255 (3rd worst)
More on North: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $102,760 (8th worst)
Median Income: $48,850 (7th worst)
More on Southwest: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $83,472 (4th worst)
Median Income: $42,634 (6th worst)
More on Sugarland: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $132,124 (11th worst)
Median Income: $48,919 (8th worst)
More on Northwest: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $121,525 (9th worst)
Median Income: $64,381 (12th worst)
More on Pasadina: Data
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