THE 10 WORST Neighborhoods In Baton Rouge For 2020


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Baton Rouge 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 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Baton Rouge.
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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 places don’t quite measure up to Baton Rouge’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Baton Rouge according to data:

  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

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Baton Rouge for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Valley Park looks to be the worst neighborhood in Baton Rouge.

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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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Baton Rouge For 2020

1. Valley Park

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

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Population: 1,476
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $127,485 (18th worst)
Median Income: $58,378 (30th worst)

2. Southmoor

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

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Population: 683
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $284,287 (34th worst)
Median Income: $43,245 (22nd worst)

3. Greenville Addition

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

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Population: 708
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $59,254 (6th worst)
Median Income: $20,866 (4th worst)

4. Goodwood Homesites

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

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Population: 2,848
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $143,672 (21st worst)
Median Income: $49,710 (27th worst)

5. Howell Park

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

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Population: 2,035
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $120,365 (16th worst)
Median Income: $26,922 (11th worst)

6. Southdowns

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

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Population: 5,281
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $343,736 (38th worst)
Median Income: $65,860 (35th worst)

7. Perkins

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

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Population: 2,003
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $156,727 (23rd worst)
Median Income: $65,319 (34th worst)

8. Goodwood

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

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Population: 5,624
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $284,287 (34th worst)
Median Income: $68,387 (37th worst)

9. Eden Park

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

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Population: 3,102
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $67,727 (7th worst)
Median Income: $24,343 (7th worst)

10. Park Forest

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Baton Rouge

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Population: 5,703
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $138,878 (20th worst)
Median Income: $43,255 (23rd worst)

How we determined the worst Baton Rouge hoods in 2020

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, Louisiana 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.

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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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Baton Rouge For 2020?

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