The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Anaheim For 2021


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Anaheim that 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 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Anaheim.
Worst Neighborhoods In Anaheim

Anaheim'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 Anaheim.

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 Anaheim. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.

So the question arises, which Anaheim neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Anaheim hoods need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Anaheim area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Sycamore Canyon ranks way above the rest.

We examined 16 of Anaheim's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Anaheim's reputation.

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Anaheim for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Platinum Triangle looks to be the worst neighborhood in Anaheim.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Anaheim 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 Anaheim.

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The 5 Worst Neighborhoods In Anaheim For 2021

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Anaheim

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 3,912
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $506,881 (9th worst)
Median Income: $56,156 (4th worst)
More on Platinum Triangle:  Data

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Anaheim

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,414
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $385,140 (worst)
Median Income: $57,094 (5th worst)
More on North Central:  Data

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Anaheim

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 9,504
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $411,199 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $57,136 (6th worst)
More on North Euclid:  Data

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Anaheim

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,344
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $455,593 (8th worst)
Median Income: $41,417 (worst)
More on Disneyland Resort:  Data

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Anaheim

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 50,002
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $434,473 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $55,317 (3rd worst)
More on Historic District:  Data

How we determined the worst Anaheim 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 Anaheim:

  • 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 Anaheim, California 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 Anaheim.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Anaheim to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 16 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 Anaheim that are really hoods

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Anaheim with Platinum Triangle landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Anaheim aren't all bad. Sycamore Canyon takes the cake as the best place to live in Anaheim.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Anaheim For 2021?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Platinum Triangle 3,912 $506,881 $56,156
2 North Central 7,414 $385,140 $57,094
3 North Euclid 9,504 $411,199 $57,136
4 Disneyland Resort 9,344 $455,593 $41,417
5 Historic District 50,002 $434,473 $55,317
6 East Anaheim 46,108 $455,182 $64,332
7 The Canyon 17,813 $577,722 $81,806
8 West Anaheim 126,425 $434,667 $58,395
9 Anaheim Resort 17,863 $896,889 $47,366
10 Anaheim Hills 586 $562,841 $88,616
11 Hill And Canyon Area 69,302 $669,463 $115,987
12 The Highlands 4,984 $743,199 $122,015
13 The Summit 3,125 $757,586 $141,359
14 Downtown 3,631 $439,657 $74,142
15 East Center Street 261 $439,657 $70,862
16 Sycamore Canyon 4,872 $758,445 $134,842