These Are The 10 Worst Nashville Neighborhoods For 2019


We used science and data to determine which Nashville neighborhoods 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 2019. 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 88 of Nashville’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Nashville’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Nashville according to data:

  1. Buena Vista Heights
  2. Cumberland Gardens
  3. College Heights-Clifton
  4. Hadley Park
  5. Osage-North Fisk
  6. Elizabeth Park
  7. Capitol View
  8. McKissack Park
  9. Jones-Buena Vista
  10. Brick Church Bellshire

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Nashville for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Buena Vista Heights 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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How we determined the worst Nashville hoods in 2019

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 88 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. Buena Vista Heights

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,103
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $99,250 (10th worst)
Median Income: $30,261 (12th worst)

2. Cumberland Gardens

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 562
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $50,300 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $32,788 (16th worst)

3. College Heights-Clifton

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 885
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $113,033 (14th worst)
Median Income: $24,859 (7th worst)

4. Hadley Park

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 793
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $96,233 (9th worst)
Median Income: $24,831 (6th worst)

5. Osage-North Fisk

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 2,243
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $95,267 (8th worst)
Median Income: $26,328 (9th worst)

6. Elizabeth Park

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,402
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $118,000 (15th worst)
Median Income: $22,260 (3rd worst)

7. Capitol View

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 3,126
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $102,650 (11th worst)
Median Income: $33,014 (17th worst)

8. Mckissack Park

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 487
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $87,000 (6th worst)
Median Income: $31,875 (14th worst)

9. Jones-Buena Vista

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 834
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $56,250 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $34,801 (19th worst)

10. Brick Church Bellshire

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 10,326
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $132,800 (23rd worst)
Median Income: $38,913 (25th worst)

The ‘hoods around Nashville that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Nashville with Buena Vista Heights 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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Detailed List Of The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Nashville For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Buena Vista Heights 1,103 $99,250 $30,261
2 Cumberland Gardens 562 $50,300 $32,788
3 College Heights-Clifton 885 $113,033 $24,859
4 Hadley Park 793 $96,233 $24,831
5 Osage-North Fisk 2,243 $95,267 $26,328
6 Elizabeth Park 1,402 $118,000 $22,260
7 Capitol View 3,126 $102,650 $33,014
8 Mckissack Park 487 $87,000 $31,875
9 Jones-Buena Vista 834 $56,250 $34,801
10 Brick Church Bellshire 10,326 $132,800 $38,913
11 Southside 3,412 $42,700 $23,372
12 Woodbine 2,663 $103,250 $25,441
13 Haynes Area 7,150 $130,171 $33,328
14 Shepherd Hills 349 $186,600 $44,506
15 Talbot’s Corner 12,018 $93,375 $35,011
16 Mcferrin Park 2,442 $164,575 $30,650
17 Fisk-Meharry 2,484 $104,700 $18,590
18 Hadley-Washngton 1,394 $79,250 $30,250
19 Woodycrest 1,355 $85,300 $27,957
20 Heron Walk 11,940 $119,423 $35,658
21 Four Corners 4,201 $152,200 $55,798
22 Stadium Area 801 $232,200 $23,626
23 Una 875 $145,667 $48,667
24 Nashboro Village 1,537 $147,967 $52,878
25 Cleveland Park 2,206 $176,500 $42,340
26 Marrowbone 5,115 $161,325 $54,184
27 Bordeaux 5,092 $119,680 $37,259
28 Villages Of Larchwood 1,857 $131,350 $50,832
29 Hickory Woods 800 $132,900 $72,794
30 Merry Oaks 5,895 $148,033 $56,806
31 Neelys Bend 1,887 $141,550 $52,933
32 Shelby Hills 1,576 $205,025 $48,462
33 Antioch 900 $121,700 $42,411
34 Gra-Mar Acres 717 $171,000 $73,000
35 Pennington Bend 481 $146,600 $68,021
36 Cahal Street 784 $134,100 $39,600
37 Scottsboro 1,196 $123,567 $56,914
38 Ccsi-South Inglewood 4,515 $180,300 $49,062
39 Glencliff 7,729 $130,933 $35,999
40 Bells Bend 775 $210,000 $65,750
41 Whites Bend 2,837 $273,200 $47,696
42 Edgehill 5,030 $286,543 $32,174
43 Centenary 201 $230,200 $36,489
44 Buena Vista 814 $326,300 $9,525
45 Your Neighborhood Group 3,367 $202,925 $60,912
46 Hermitage Hills 1,610 $142,800 $40,298
47 Baxter Road 101 $209,700 $65,833
48 Charlotte Park 2,228 $154,875 $47,699
49 Inglewood-Riverwood 7,184 $197,582 $58,883
50 Dalemere Area 292 $217,400 $69,625
51 Stanford Estates 897 $171,100 $61,452
52 Greenwood 1,183 $222,600 $65,598
53 Enchanted Hills 527 $156,100 $67,330
54 Salemtown 341 $325,300 $75,541
55 Harpeth Valley Park 636 $220,800 $74,000
56 Hoggett Ford Road 651 $167,400 $70,489
57 Sylvan Heights 1,679 $269,800 $43,988
58 Tulip Grove 2,168 $144,950 $50,708
59 Rosebank 1,610 $150,467 $52,630
60 Mcmurray-Huntingdon 6,963 $163,189 $47,931
61 West Meade 469 $337,467 $69,177
62 Rachel Jackson 677 $203,350 $79,454
63 Barclay Drive 1,215 $172,450 $54,330
64 Bellshire Estates 892 $153,000 $60,152
65 Sheffield On The Harpeth 321 $271,100 $97,260
66 East End 878 $328,550 $74,267
67 Germantown 733 $325,300 $75,541
68 Donelson Hills 1,342 $159,500 $60,102
69 Historic Edgefield 1,071 $320,467 $55,557
70 Brandywine Farms 596 $326,000 $86,087
71 South Harpeth Area 709 $235,200 $88,009
72 South Hampton 1,086 $233,300 $92,344
73 White Bridge 3,805 $376,220 $75,317
74 Melrose 3,704 $316,429 $56,620
75 Crieve Hall 4,223 $270,900 $73,313
76 Cherokee Park 5,137 $316,467 $60,306
77 Granny White 189 $627,100 $150,506
78 Eastwood 2,859 $315,480 $64,748
79 Hillwood Estates 2,745 $437,800 $100,025
80 Hillsboro West End 9,679 $459,978 $71,071
81 Sylvan Park 3,990 $399,167 $103,948
82 West Meade Park 449 $455,100 $76,696
83 Edmondson-Cloverland 2,497 $331,967 $101,163
84 Lockeland Springs 3,098 $335,680 $72,694
85 Poplar Creek Estates 1,011 $281,300 $103,214
86 Southeast 6,409 $286,167 $85,305
87 Bellmont Hillsboro 6,516 $471,614 $72,639
88 Green Hills 24,013 $491,215 $104,171

4 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Nashville Neighborhoods For 2019

  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?

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