Los Angeles’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 Los Angeles.
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 Los Angeles. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Los Angeles neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Los Angeles hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Los Angeles area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although West Los Angeles ranks way above the rest.
We examined 83 of Los Angeles’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Los Angeles’s reputation:
- Fashion District
- Wholesale District-Skid Row
- Southeast Los Angeles
- South Park
- Boyle Heights
Read on to see how we determined the places around Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles.
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How we determined the worst Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles:
- 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 Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Los Angeles to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 83 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.
1. Fashion District
Median Income: $24,426
Median Home Value: $81,475
2. Wholesale District-Skid Row
Median Income: $27,606
Median Home Value: $175,157
Median Income: $49,599
Median Home Value: $266,785
Median Income: $25,759
Median Home Value: $164,055
Median Income: $49,490
Median Home Value: $287,061
Median Income: $29,993
Median Home Value: $160,583
7. Southeast Los Angeles
Median Income: $30,649
Median Home Value: $241,422
Median Income: $28,389
Median Home Value: $173,231
9. South Park
Median Income: $38,886
Median Home Value: $161,600
10. Boyle Heights
Median Income: $35,076
Median Home Value: $287,457
The ‘hoods around Los Angeles that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Los Angeles with Fashion District landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Los Angeles aren’t all bad. West Los Angeles takes the cake as the best place to live in Los Angeles.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Worst Los Angeles Neighborhoods
|Wholesale District-Skid Row||2|
|Southeast Los Angeles||7|
|Central City East||11|
|South Los Angeles||14|
|Civic Center-Little Tokyo||25|
|Playa Del Ray||73|
|Mid City West||79|
|West Los Angeles||83|