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 87 of Nashville’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Nashville’s reputation:
- Buena Vista Heights
- Cumberland Gardens
- College Heights-Clifton
- Jones-Buena Vista
- Hadley Park
- Osage-North Fisk
- Talbot’S Corner
- Elizabeth Park
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
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 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 87 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
Median Income: $30,261
Median Home Value: $99,250
2. Cumberland Gardens
Median Income: $32,788
Median Home Value: $50,300
3. College Heights-Clifton
Median Income: $24,859
Median Home Value: $113,033
4. Jones-Buena Vista
Median Income: $34,801
Median Home Value: $56,250
5. Hadley Park
Median Income: $24,831
Median Home Value: $96,233
Median Income: $23,372
Median Home Value: $42,700
7. Osage-North Fisk
Median Income: $26,328
Median Home Value: $95,267
8. Talbot’S Corner
Median Income: $35,011
Median Home Value: $93,375
Median Income: $27,957
Median Home Value: $85,300
10. Elizabeth Park
Median Income: $22,260
Median Home Value: $118,000
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 Nashville Neighborhoods
|Buena Vista Heights||1|
|Brick Church Bellshire||16|
|Villages Of Larchwood||27|
|Hoggett Ford Road||44|
|Harpeth Valley Park||61|
|Sheffield On The Harpeth||64|
|South Harpeth Area||67|
|West Meade Park||75|
|Poplar Creek Estates||80|
|Hillsboro West End||83|