These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Bellevue For 2019


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Bellevue 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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Bellevue.
Worst Neighborhoods In Bellevue

Bellevue’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 Bellevue.

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 Bellevue. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

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

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

We examined 23 of Bellevue’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Bellevue’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Bellevue according to data:

  1. Overlake
  2. Robinswood
  3. Vasa
  4. Lake Hills
  5. Factoria
  6. Crossroads
  7. North Bellevue
  8. Phantom Lake
  9. Wilburton
  10. Downtown

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Bellevue for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Overlake looks to be the worst neighborhood in Bellevue.

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

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How we determined the worst Bellevue 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 Bellevue:

  • 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 Bellevue, Washington 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 Bellevue.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Bellevue to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 23 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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8.5
/10

Population: 12,215
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $421,980 (1st worst)
Median Income: $94,108 (6th worst)
More on Overlake:  Data

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9
/10

Population: 1,723
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $431,267 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $78,073 (2nd worst)
More on Robinswood:  Data

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9
/10

Population: 1,459
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $573,033 (13th worst)
Median Income: $95,191 (7th worst)
More on Vasa:  Data

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9
/10

Population: 13,340
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $467,150 (5th worst)
Median Income: $87,421 (3rd worst)
More on Lake Hills:  Data

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8.5
/10

Population: 3,286
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $465,800 (4th worst)
Median Income: $96,201 (8th worst)
More on Factoria:  Data

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9
/10

Population: 5,593
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $449,260 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $74,302 (1st worst)
More on Crossroads:  Data

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9
/10

Population: 2,002
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $680,400 (17th worst)
Median Income: $112,495 (12th worst)
More on North Bellevue:  Data

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9.5
/10

Population: 2,664
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $558,133 (10th worst)
Median Income: $92,363 (4th worst)
More on Phantom Lake:  Data

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9.5
/10

Population: 6,476
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $480,825 (6th worst)
Median Income: $92,510 (5th worst)
More on Wilburton:  Data

Downtown Bellevue, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 16,391
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $559,160 (11th worst)
Median Income: $108,051 (10th worst)
More on Downtown:  Data

Downtown Bellevue is the central business district of Bellevue, Washington. It comprises 400 acres bounded by I-405 to the east, NE 12th Street to the north, 100th Ave NE to the west, and Main Street to the south. It is currently the second largest city center in Washington with more than 50,000 employees and 12,000 residents. Geographically centered near the heart of the Puget Sound region, the downtown is a regional growth center with just over 9 million square feet of Class A office space, major retail and entertainment destinations, more than 2,500 hotel rooms, and nearly 10,000 housing units.

The ‘hoods around Bellevue that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Bellevue with Overlake landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Bellevue aren’t all bad. Somerset takes the cake as the best place to live in Bellevue.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Bellevue For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Overlake 12,215 $421,980 $94,108
2 Robinswood 1,723 $431,267 $78,073
3 Vasa 1,459 $573,033 $95,191
4 Lake Hills 13,340 $467,150 $87,421
5 Factoria 3,286 $465,800 $96,201
6 Crossroads 5,593 $449,260 $74,302
7 North Bellevue 2,002 $680,400 $112,495
8 Phantom Lake 2,664 $558,133 $92,363
9 Wilburton 6,476 $480,825 $92,510
10 Downtown 16,391 $559,160 $108,051
11 Bridle Trails 10,425 $553,243 $109,486
12 Hidden Valley 2,346 $565,850 $105,478
13 Newport Shores 1,244 $766,033 $146,453
14 West Lake Sammamish 361 $684,800 $122,488
15 Eastgate 6,570 $608,910 $113,914
16 Woodbridge 3,539 $636,967 $114,818
17 Interlake 3,989 $484,175 $114,421
18 Newport Hills 2,698 $534,733 $115,846
19 Tam O’shanter 2,676 $599,600 $120,536
20 Meydenbauer 3,337 $798,100 $125,502
21 Lakemont 5,654 $852,171 $163,075
22 Beaux Arts 220 $834,700 $196,083
23 Somerset 13,614 $710,550 $132,161