These Are The 10 Worst Houston Neighborhoods


We used science and data to determine which Houston neighborhoods are the real pits.

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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 ten places don’t quite measure up to Houston’s reputation:

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

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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.

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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.

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1. Northeast

Northeast, Houston, TX

Source: Google Maps

Population: 130,280
Median Income: $31,459
Median Home Value: $67,553

2. Far North

Far North, Houston, TX

Source: Google Maps

Population: 59,833
Median Income: $30,754
Median Home Value: $101,987

3. Southeast

Southeast, Houston, TX

Source: Google Maps

Population: 243,881
Median Income: $39,026
Median Home Value: $97,453

4. Southwest

Southwest, Houston, TX

Source: Google Maps

Population: 103,876
Median Income: $48,194
Median Home Value: $105,454

5. North

North, Houston, TX

Source: Google Maps

Population: 119,975
Median Income: $31,386
Median Home Value: $88,038

6. East End

East End, Houston, TX

Source: Google Maps

Population: 92,603
Median Income: $34,733
Median Home Value: $102,524

7. Sugarland

Sugarland, Houston, TX

Source: Google Maps

Population: 114,830
Median Income: $40,148
Median Home Value: $99,078

8. Northwest

Northwest, Houston, TX

Source: Google Maps

Population: 133,002
Median Income: $43,056
Median Home Value: $119,925

9. Pasadina

Pasadina, Houston, TX

Source: Google Maps

Population: 138,489
Median Income: $61,320
Median Home Value: $127,339

10. Spring Branch

Spring Branch, Houston, TX

Source: Google Maps

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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Detailed List Of Houston Neighborhoods

Place Rank Population Median Income Median Home Value
Northeast 1 130,280 $31,459 $67,553
Far North 2 59,833 $30,754 $101,987
Southeast 3 243,881 $39,026 $97,453
Southwest 4 103,876 $48,194 $105,454
North 5 119,975 $31,386 $88,038
East End 6 92,603 $34,733 $102,524
Sugarland 7 114,830 $40,148 $99,078
Northwest 8 133,002 $43,056 $119,925
Pasadina 9 138,489 $61,320 $127,339
Spring Branch 10 138,420 $52,832 $189,742
Bellaire 11 171,691 $50,330 $182,996
Far Northeast 12 84,084 $87,458 $182,429
Westchase 13 63,140 $54,850 $174,331
West Houston 14 125,916 $74,729 $219,357
Meyerland 15 65,156 $68,145 $195,100
Greater Heights 16 55,882 $71,185 $268,936
Medical 17 40,756 $66,259 $238,687
Downtown 18 9,464 $57,280 $222,300
Midtown 19 6,387 $74,182 $388,560
Galleria-Uptown 20 65,110 $84,769 $392,765
Rice Military 21 17,845 $97,668 $333,214
Greater Memorial 22 32,567 $138,278 $629,134
Montrose 23 32,097 $67,816 $327,837
River Oaks 24 29,833 $116,568 $507,789
Rice 25 16,461 $135,465 $616,950
West University 26 31,604 $148,051 $605,654

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