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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
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $130,171 (20th worst)
Median Income: $33,328 (18th worst)
More on Haynes Area: Data
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
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
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 15)
Median Home Value: $85,300 (5th worst)
Median Income: $27,957 (10th worst)
More on Woodycrest: Data
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
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $96,233 (9th worst)
Median Income: $24,831 (6th worst)
More on Hadley Park: Data
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $42,700 (worst)
Median Income: $23,372 (4th worst)
More on Southside: Data
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $119,423 (16th worst)
Median Income: $35,658 (2worst)
More on Heron Walk: Data
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
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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