Aurora’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 Aurora.
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 Aurora. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Aurora neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Aurora hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Aurora area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Seven Hills ranks way above the rest.
We examined 53 of Aurora’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Aurora’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Aurora according to data:
- City Center
- City Center North
- Sunny Vale
- Norfolk Glen
- Lynn Knoll
- Chambers Heights
- Utah Park
- Highland Park
- Expo Park
So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Aurora for 2019? According to the most recent census data, City Center looks to be the worst neighborhood in Aurora.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Aurora 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 Aurora.
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How we determined the worst Aurora hoods in 2019
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 Aurora:
- 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 Aurora, Colorado 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 Aurora.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Aurora to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 53 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.
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $54,575 (1st worst)
Median Income: $46,466 (11th worst)
More on City Center: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $112,400 (9th worst)
Median Income: $31,692 (2nd worst)
More on City Center North: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $87,267 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $41,845 (8th worst)
More on Centretech: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $91,000 (5th worst)
Median Income: $29,385 (1st worst)
More on Sunny Vale: Data
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $66,850 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $50,618 (20th worst)
More on Norfolk Glen: Data
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $185,867 (27th worst)
Median Income: $47,097 (14th worst)
More on Lynn Knoll: Data
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $108,533 (8th worst)
Median Income: $53,510 (22nd worst)
More on Chambers Heights: Data
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $123,033 (10th worst)
Median Income: $56,464 (24th worst)
More on Utah Park: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $186,025 (28th worst)
Median Income: $44,788 (10th worst)
More on Highland Park: Data
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $172,780 (23rd worst)
Median Income: $36,686 (4th worst)
More on Expo Park: Data
The ‘hoods around Aurora that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Aurora with City Center landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Aurora aren’t all bad. Seven Hills takes the cake as the best place to live in Aurora.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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