These Are The 10 Worst Houston Neighborhoods For 2018


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. East End
  6. Sugarland
  7. North
  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.

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.

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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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

Population: 129,210
Median Income: $31,293
Median Home Value: $63,381

2. Far North

Population: 59,782
Median Income: $30,885
Median Home Value: $53,776

3. Southeast

Population: 252,837
Median Income: $39,100
Median Home Value: $96,218

4. Southwest

Population: 105,981
Median Income: $48,082
Median Home Value: $101,851

5. East End

Population: 90,250
Median Income: $36,794
Median Home Value: $94,833

6. Sugarland

Population: 120,166
Median Income: $41,130
Median Home Value: $83,012

7. North

Population: 120,370
Median Income: $33,191
Median Home Value: $88,430

8. Northwest

Population: 133,437
Median Income: $44,705
Median Home Value: $112,809

9. Pasadina

Population: 142,693
Median Income: $61,714
Median Home Value: $113,273

10. Spring Branch

Population: 141,028
Median Income: $55,792
Median Home Value: $198,650

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 The Worst Houston Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Northeast 1 129,210 $31,293 $63,381
Far North 2 59,782 $30,885 $53,776
Southeast 3 252,837 $39,100 $96,218
Southwest 4 105,981 $48,082 $101,851
East End 5 90,250 $36,794 $94,833
Sugarland 6 120,166 $41,130 $83,012
North 7 120,370 $33,191 $88,430
Northwest 8 133,437 $44,705 $112,809
Pasadina 9 142,693 $61,714 $113,273
Spring Branch 10 141,028 $55,792 $198,650
Bellaire 11 178,340 $51,640 $134,822
Meyerland 12 68,212 $70,691 $169,926
Far Northeast 13 88,809 $88,053 $179,450
Westchase 14 66,867 $55,700 $140,526
West Houston 15 131,302 $76,204 $201,442
Medical 16 43,070 $68,825 $189,152
Downtown 17 9,839 $102,766 $52,175
Midtown 18 6,211 $74,596 $201,120
Greater Heights 19 57,644 $82,304 $292,860
River Oaks 20 31,145 $123,888 $480,583
Galleria-Uptown 21 66,648 $83,714 $341,816
Greater Memorial 22 34,679 $146,287 $693,859
Rice Military 23 20,067 $114,989 $333,650
Montrose 24 34,301 $75,873 $355,040
Rice 25 16,343 $134,564 $583,831
West University 26 33,138 $153,604 $677,900

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6 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Houston Neighborhoods For 2018

  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.

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