Baton Rouge’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 Baton Rouge.
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 Baton Rouge. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Baton Rouge neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Baton Rouge hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Baton Rouge area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Bernard Terrace ranks way above the rest.
We examined 43 of Baton Rouge’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Baton Rouge’s reputation:
- Valley Park
- Greenville Addition
- Goodwood Homesites
- Howell Park
- Eden Park
- Park Forest
Read on to see how we determined the places around Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge.
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How we determined the worst Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge:
- 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 Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Baton Rouge to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 43 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. Valley Park
Median Income: $58,378
Median Home Value: $127,485
Median Income: $43,245
Median Home Value: $284,287
3. Greenville Addition
Median Income: $20,866
Median Home Value: $59,254
4. Goodwood Homesites
Median Income: $49,710
Median Home Value: $143,672
5. Howell Park
Median Income: $26,922
Median Home Value: $120,365
Median Income: $65,860
Median Home Value: $343,736
Median Income: $65,319
Median Home Value: $156,727
Median Income: $68,387
Median Home Value: $284,287
9. Eden Park
Median Income: $24,343
Median Home Value: $67,727
10. Park Forest
Median Income: $43,255
Median Home Value: $138,878
The ‘hoods around Baton Rouge that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Baton Rouge with Valley Park landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Baton Rouge aren’t all bad. Bernard Terrace takes the cake as the best place to live in Baton Rouge.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Worst Baton Rouge Neighborhoods
|Downtown Baton Rouge||12|
|Old South Baton Rouge||17|
|Lake Sherwood Acres||24|
|Villa Del Rey||27|
|Melrose Place East||31|
|The Garden District||32|
|North Baton Rouge||40|
|Louisiana State University||41|