These Are The 10 Worst Nashville Neighborhoods For 2018


We used science and data to determine which Nashville neighborhoods are the real pits.

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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 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:

  1. Buena Vista Heights
  2. Cumberland Gardens
  3. College Heights-Clifton
  4. Jones-Buena Vista
  5. Hadley Park
  6. Southside
  7. Osage-North Fisk
  8. Talbot’S Corner
  9. Woodycrest
  10. 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.

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1. Buena Vista Heights

Population: 1,103
Median Income: $30,261
Median Home Value: $99,250

2. Cumberland Gardens

Population: 562
Median Income: $32,788
Median Home Value: $50,300

3. College Heights-Clifton

Population: 885
Median Income: $24,859
Median Home Value: $113,033

4. Jones-Buena Vista

Population: 834
Median Income: $34,801
Median Home Value: $56,250

5. Hadley Park

Population: 793
Median Income: $24,831
Median Home Value: $96,233

6. Southside

Population: 3,412
Median Income: $23,372
Median Home Value: $42,700

7. Osage-North Fisk

Population: 2,243
Median Income: $26,328
Median Home Value: $95,267

8. Talbot’S Corner

Population: 12,018
Median Income: $35,011
Median Home Value: $93,375

9. Woodycrest

Population: 1,355
Median Income: $27,957
Median Home Value: $85,300

10. Elizabeth Park

Population: 1,402
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

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

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2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Nashville Neighborhoods For 2018

  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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