The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Houston For 2021

We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Houston 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 Houston.
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Houston's homicide rate is on the rise, so you should take a look at RoadSnacks' list of the worst neighborhoods in Houston for 2021 so that you don't become a statistic.

But first, this is how we created our list. In order to determine Houston's worst neighborhoods, we had to give each neighborhood an actual concrete score: we'll call this a neighborhood's overall 'Snackability'. To get this score, we looked at the latest census data on income levels, unemployment rates, crime, and home prices for 26 Houston neighborhoods with over 6,000 residents.

As you can imagine, Houston's worst neighborhoods did not disappoint. Folks, the kind of neighborhoods we're talking about have carjackings happening in broad daylight, daily robberies, and a bunch of nothing good happens after dark crimes. There are currently 3,500 police officers that patrol Houston, but the city houses 2.3 million residents. Law enforcement is doing their best to clean up the city's worst neighborhoods, but they can't be everywhere. Sadly, Houston is one of the only major U.S. cities where crime is on the rise.

We're not saying that the Space City is all bad. Matter of fact, there's actually a lot of safe fun to be had in a lot of pretty awesome neighborhoods. For instance, Montrose really brings their A-game with their Montrose Morning Market every Sunday and you definitely shouldn't miss Greater Height's Crawfish Festival. But, we're here to talk about Houston's worst.

So, want to know what Houston neighborhoods you should avoid if you value your life? Keep reading.

HomeSnacks is not your just your average website. We've been researching and ranking states and cities based on all types of criteria for the last five years. We've had more than 50 million people read our published articles and we've been featured in hundreds of media outlets for our rankings, including this feature by Click 2 Houston. So, yes we know what we're talking about.

So, what's the worst neighborhood in Houston for 2021? That would be Far North.

To see what other Houston neighborhoods made this list, take a look below; and if you can't find what you're looking for there, head to the bottom.

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Houston For 2021

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 59,742
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $52,586 (worst)
Median Income: $30,316 (worst)
More on Far North:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 129,659
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $66,156 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $32,777 (2nd worst)
More on Northeast:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


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

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 87,359
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $102,414 (7th worst)
Median Income: $37,480 (4th worst)
More on East End:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 108,921
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $102,760 (8th worst)
Median Income: $48,850 (7th worst)
More on Southwest:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 119,685
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $88,419 (5th worst)
Median Income: $34,255 (3rd worst)
More on North:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 125,992
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $83,472 (4th worst)
Median Income: $42,634 (6th worst)
More on Sugarland:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


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

Overall SnackAbility


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

Overall SnackAbility


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

How we determined the worst Houston 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 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.

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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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Houston For 2021?

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 Southwest 108,921 $102,760 $48,850
6 North 119,685 $88,419 $34,255
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 River Oaks 31,337 $623,948 $130,337
20 Midtown 6,409 $230,220 $80,524
21 Galleria-Uptown 67,996 $406,118 $90,760
22 Rice Military 23,452 $382,779 $118,360
23 Downtown 10,089 $63,900 $114,810
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

14 thoughts on “The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Houston For 2021

  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.

  5. What imbecile wrote this?
    1. Most of these aren’t “neighborhoods”, they are just vague directional descriptions
    2. Almost all of the maps are completely wrong, don’t show the area being described. For instance, “Southwest” shows Crosstimbers at Hardy Toll Road, which is in the Northeast, “Northwest” shows Alief, which is in the Southwest, etc.
    3. If you don’t even know how to spell “Pasadena” correctly, why should anyone listen to anything you have to say about Houston area neighborhoods.

  6. The writer did mention this was written partly for “infotainment” but he is way off. Some of the areas he wrote as “bad areas” have good family neighborhoods and schools. He must of never lived in Houston or has all these degrees in research and wrote it just to entertain hisself by reading the comments. Get a REAL life if that’s why you wrote this article. Crime can happen anywhere!

  7. Not knowing anything about Houston, I was surprised by such an extensive list. I have family planning to move there and it appears no place is safe. We will continue to research. Thank you all for your comments.

  8. If you look at murder stats, most murders are committed by someone the victim knew, and in a lot of cases it was the man in the victims life…Houston is on several worst city list but I have met some of the most generous and wonderful people here. I had a problem with someone claiming the North South East West Ne SE Nw Sw were all dangerous but that pretty much is all of Houston so my question then is this…is any city exempt from unemployment, low incomes, low housing values, high crime? I believe every city is a pot pouri of all of it, and that would also include employment, high incomes, high housing values and low crime.

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