The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Nashville For 2021


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Nashville 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 Nashville.
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Nashville'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 Nashville.

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 Nashville. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.

So the question arises, which Nashville neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Nashville hoods need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Nashville area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Green Hills ranks way above the rest.

We examined 80 of Nashville's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Nashville's reputation.

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Nashville for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Haynes Area looks to be the worst neighborhood in Nashville.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Nashville 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 Nashville.

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Nashville For 2021

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Population: 7,150
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $130,171 (20th worst)
Median Income: $33,328 (18th worst)
More on Haynes Area:  Data

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Population: 12,018
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 13)
Median Home Value: $93,375 (7th worst)
Median Income: $35,011 (20th worst)
More on Talbot's Corner:  Data

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Population: 1,103
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $99,250 (10th worst)
Median Income: $30,261 (12th worst)
More on Buena Vista Heights:  Data

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Population: 1,355
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 15)
Median Home Value: $85,300 (5th worst)
Median Income: $27,957 (10th worst)
More on Woodycrest:  Data

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3
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Population: 885
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $113,033 (14th worst)
Median Income: $24,859 (7th worst)
More on College Heights-Clifton:  Data

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3
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Population: 793
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $96,233 (9th worst)
Median Income: $24,831 (6th worst)
More on Hadley Park:  Data

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Population: 3,412
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $42,700 (worst)
Median Income: $23,372 (4th worst)
More on Southside:  Data

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Population: 11,940
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $119,423 (16th worst)
Median Income: $35,658 (2worst)
More on Heron Walk:  Data

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Population: 2,243
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $95,267 (8th worst)
Median Income: $26,328 (9th worst)
More on Osage-North Fisk:  Data

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Population: 4,201
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $152,200 (33rd worst)
Median Income: $55,798 (46th worst)
More on Four Corners:  Data

How we determined the worst Nashville 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 Nashville:

  • 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 Nashville, Tennessee 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 Nashville.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Nashville to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 80 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 Nashville that are really hoods

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Nashville with Haynes Area landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Nashville aren't all bad. Green Hills takes the cake as the best place to live in Nashville.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Haynes Area 7,150 $130,171 $33,328
2 Talbot's Corner 12,018 $93,375 $35,011
3 Buena Vista Heights 1,103 $99,250 $30,261
4 Woodycrest 1,355 $85,300 $27,957
5 College Heights-Clifton 885 $113,033 $24,859
6 Hadley Park 793 $96,233 $24,831
7 Southside 3,412 $42,700 $23,372
8 Heron Walk 11,940 $119,423 $35,658
9 Osage-North Fisk 2,243 $95,267 $26,328
10 Four Corners 4,201 $152,200 $55,798
11 Capitol View 3,126 $102,650 $33,014
12 Jones-Buena Vista 834 $56,250 $34,801
13 Mckissack Park 487 $87,000 $31,875
14 Cumberland Gardens 562 $50,300 $32,788
15 Elizabeth Park 1,402 $118,000 $22,260
16 Bordeaux 5,092 $119,680 $37,259
17 Fisk-Meharry 2,484 $104,700 $18,590
18 Hadley-Washngton 1,394 $79,250 $30,250
19 Villages Of Larchwood 1,857 $131,350 $50,832
20 Woodbine 2,663 $103,250 $25,441
21 Brick Church Bellshire 10,326 $132,800 $38,913
22 Hickory Woods 800 $132,900 $72,794
23 Antioch 900 $121,700 $42,411
24 Shepherd Hills 349 $186,600 $44,506
25 Stadium Area 801 $232,200 $23,626
26 Mcferrin Park 2,442 $164,575 $30,650
27 Cahal Street 784 $134,100 $39,600
28 Una 875 $145,667 $48,667
29 Glencliff 7,729 $130,933 $35,999
30 Nashboro Village 1,537 $147,967 $52,878
31 Neelys Bend 1,887 $141,550 $52,933
32 Scottsboro 1,196 $123,567 $56,914
33 Marrowbone 5,115 $161,325 $54,184
34 Your Neighborhood Group 3,367 $202,925 $60,912
35 Baxter Road 101 $209,700 $65,833
36 Cleveland Park 2,206 $176,500 $42,340
37 Inglewood-Riverwood 7,184 $197,582 $58,883
38 Charlotte Park 2,228 $154,875 $47,699
39 Harpeth Valley Park 636 $220,800 $74,000
40 Stanford Estates 897 $171,100 $61,452
41 Salemtown 341 $325,300 $75,541
42 Buena Vista 814 $326,300 $9,525
43 Hermitage Hills 1,610 $142,800 $40,298
44 Shelby Hills 1,576 $205,025 $48,462
45 Enchanted Hills 527 $156,100 $67,330
46 Rosebank 1,610 $150,467 $52,630
47 Bells Bend 775 $210,000 $65,750
48 Centenary 201 $230,200 $36,489
49 West Meade 469 $337,467 $69,177
50 Merry Oaks 5,895 $148,033 $56,806
51 Hoggett Ford Road 651 $167,400 $70,489
52 Ccsi-South Inglewood 4,515 $180,300 $49,062
53 Tulip Grove 2,168 $144,950 $50,708
54 Bellshire Estates 892 $153,000 $60,152
55 Dalemere Area 292 $217,400 $69,625
56 Sylvan Heights 1,679 $269,800 $43,988
57 Whites Bend 2,837 $273,200 $47,696
58 Mcmurray-Huntingdon 6,963 $163,189 $47,931
59 Barclay Drive 1,215 $172,450 $54,330
60 Rachel Jackson 677 $203,350 $79,454
61 Melrose 3,704 $316,429 $56,620
62 White Bridge 3,805 $376,220 $75,317
63 Donelson Hills 1,342 $159,500 $60,102
64 Edgehill 5,030 $286,543 $32,174
65 Cherokee Park 5,137 $316,467 $60,306
66 Greenwood 1,183 $222,600 $65,598
67 Germantown 733 $325,300 $75,541
68 Crieve Hall 4,223 $270,900 $73,313
69 Eastwood 2,859 $315,480 $64,748
70 Historic Edgefield 1,071 $320,467 $55,557
71 Hillwood Estates 2,745 $437,800 $100,025
72 Sylvan Park 3,990 $399,167 $103,948
73 Hillsboro West End 9,679 $459,978 $71,071
74 Lockeland Springs 3,098 $335,680 $72,694
75 West Meade Park 449 $455,100 $76,696
76 Edmondson-Cloverland 2,497 $331,967 $101,163
77 East End 878 $328,550 $74,267
78 Southeast 6,409 $286,167 $85,305
79 Bellmont Hillsboro 6,516 $471,614 $72,639
80 Green Hills 24,013 $491,215 $104,171

11 thoughts on “The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Nashville For 2021

  1. This was terrible and I can tell your not from Nashville. Did you really just rate rosebank as being worse then Mcferrin park? South inglewood? Bordeaux? Definitely a transplant

  2. Looking to rent a house/condo for vacation (4 middle aged women). Can’t decide between Shelby Hills, Maxwell, or West End/Vanderbilt University. Any suggestions?

  3. I Wish some TRUE Nashvillians would post here to shed some light or rather truth. Although it’s always about one’s own perception and interpretation.

  4. I have lived in Nashville most of my adult life. This article is completely off base, biased strongly toward well off neighborhoods, and greatly biased against lower income neighborhoods. Maybe there aren’t grown idiots running around, wearing dinosaur suits in these “ghettos”, (for the easily amused and lacking depth) and people congregating in masses for uneccessary caterwauling porch concerts , but the crime rate is actually much lower in some of the “worst”, or as you imply, boring and poor “ghettos”. More crime typically happens in some of your “top picks”. Research at Crime mappers or take a look where most robberies, car thefts, and murders have occured.

  5. We are thinking of moving to Nashville. Did you ever think of ranking neighborhoods by housing costs. For example: the best neighborhood from $200,000 to 300,000.

  6. Hi, this page is so ignorant. You say the worst neighborhood in nashville is Buena vista heights….How about most underserved? Your use of the word ghetto is in extremely poor taste. No, I don’t live in Buena vista heights.

  7. Getto and hood…really. You need to visit Nashville and see how the developers moved in and built homes worth 2K or more in these once ghettos and hoods. We also have trailer parks and bottoms areas that will experience the same effect as the ghettos and hoods. Maybe they will be on the best neighborhoods list in Nashville.

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