These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Baton Rouge For 2018


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Baton Rouge that are the real pits.

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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:

  1. Valley Park
  2. Southmoor
  3. Greenville Addition
  4. Goodwood Homesites
  5. Howell Park
  6. Southdowns
  7. Perkins
  8. Goodwood
  9. Eden Park
  10. 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.

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1. Valley Park

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 1,476
Median Income: $58,378
Median Home Value: $127,485

2. Southmoor

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 683
Median Income: $43,245
Median Home Value: $284,287

3. Greenville Addition

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 708
Median Income: $20,866
Median Home Value: $59,254

4. Goodwood Homesites

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 2,848
Median Income: $49,710
Median Home Value: $143,672

5. Howell Park

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 2,035
Median Income: $26,922
Median Home Value: $120,365

6. Southdowns

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 5,281
Median Income: $65,860
Median Home Value: $343,736

7. Perkins

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 2,003
Median Income: $65,319
Median Home Value: $156,727

8. Goodwood

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 5,624
Median Income: $68,387
Median Home Value: $284,287

9. Eden Park

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 3,102
Median Income: $24,343
Median Home Value: $67,727

10. Park Forest

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

Population: 5,703
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

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Valley Park 1 1,476 $58,378 $127,485
Southmoor 2 683 $43,245 $284,287
Greenville Addition 3 708 $20,866 $59,254
Goodwood Homesites 4 2,848 $49,710 $143,672
Howell Park 5 2,035 $26,922 $120,365
Southdowns 6 5,281 $65,860 $343,736
Perkins 7 2,003 $65,319 $156,727
Goodwood 8 5,624 $68,387 $284,287
Eden Park 9 3,102 $24,343 $67,727
Park Forest 10 5,703 $43,255 $138,878
Beauregard Town 11 1,121 $28,393 $48,744
Downtown Baton Rouge 12 2,739 $28,393 $48,744
Victoria Gardens 13 2,489 $23,658 $114,660
Broadmoor 14 7,420 $64,739 $175,175
Citiplace 15 179 $71,593 $706,212
Fruit Town 16 480 $27,986 $49,199
Old South Baton Rouge 17 9,422 $32,275 $133,404
Jefferson Place 18 811 $96,215 $1,047,849
Cedarcrest 19 1,481 $73,854 $187,481
Melrose Place 20 3,312 $29,302 $68,779
Sherwood 21 14,728 $52,862 $171,336
Highland 22 12,777 $72,618 $329,145
Bocage 23 619 $92,642 $1,047,849
Lake Sherwood Acres 24 2,738 $61,606 $310,349
Contana Mall 25 514 $41,396 $157,898
Scotlandville Heights 26 1,225 $22,356 $101,496
Villa Del Rey 27 3,053 $44,792 $183,782
Brookstown 28 4,597 $26,519 $73,639
The Bottom 29 3,957 $20,360 $144,564
Greenville Extension 30 2,148 $59,445 $52,428
Melrose Place East 31 3,974 $35,774 $121,959
The Garden District 32 8,146 $50,367 $267,110
Scotlandville 33 11,217 $26,450 $94,549
Ogden Park 34 2,251 $44,692 $223,084
Dayton 35 2,911 $25,377 $45,866
Steele Place 36 1,245 $66,894 $238,927
North Gate 37 356 $9,612 $323,750
Midtown 38 38,225 $48,085 $192,794
Istrouma 39 9,020 $27,649 $69,759
North Baton Rouge 40 44,129 $30,140 $110,269
Louisiana State University 41 8,323 $28,773 $364,874
Highland Farms 42 3,731 $19,239 $80,471
Bernard Terrace 43 3,058 $70,337 $406,314

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