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Albuquerque'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 Albuquerque.
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 Albuquerque. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.
So the question arises, which Albuquerque neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Albuquerque hoods need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Albuquerque area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Peppertree-Royal Oak ranks way above the rest.
We examined 197 of Albuquerque's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Albuquerque's reputation.
So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Albuquerque for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Yale Village looks to be the worst neighborhood in Albuquerque.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Albuquerque 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 Albuquerque.
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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Albuquerque For 2021
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $85,900 (7th worst)
Median Income: $23,727 (10th worst)
More on Yale Village: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $106,167 (15th worst)
Median Income: $32,250 (23rd worst)
More on Kirtland Community: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $127,900 (3worst)
Median Income: $28,163 (14th worst)
More on Barelas: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $125,967 (30th worst)
Median Income: $36,114 (40th worst)
More on Mountain View: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $91,700 (9th worst)
Median Income: $35,179 (34th worst)
More on Wildflower: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $5,000 (worst)
Median Income: $22,486 (5th worst)
More on Alta Monte: Data
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $148,325 (53rd worst)
Median Income: $28,137 (13th worst)
More on Santa Barbara: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $144,600 (48th worst)
Median Income: $32,472 (24th worst)
More on Quail Ridge: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $116,300 (23rd worst)
Median Income: $36,512 (42nd worst)
More on Clayton Heights-Lomas Del Cielo: Data
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $103,733 (12th worst)
Median Income: $28,912 (15th worst)
More on San Jose: Data
How we determined the worst Albuquerque 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 Albuquerque:
- 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 Albuquerque, New Mexico 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 Albuquerque.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Albuquerque to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 197 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 Albuquerque that are really hoods
Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Albuquerque with Yale Village landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Albuquerque aren't all bad. Peppertree-Royal Oak takes the cake as the best place to live in Albuquerque.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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