The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Birmingham, AL

The most dangerous and worst Birmingham neighborhoods are Airport Highlands and Penfield Park for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

Worst Neighborhoods In Birmingham
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Birmingham’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 Birmingham.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in Alabama thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Birmingham. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.

So the question arises, which Birmingham neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science to determine which Birmingham hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Birmingham area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Red Mountain ranks way above the rest.

We examined 21 of Birmingham’s neighborhoods to find out the most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Birmingham’s reputation.

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Birmingham For 2023

  1. Airport Highlands
  2. Penfield Park
  3. Airport Hills
  4. East Birmingham
  5. Evergreen
  6. Norwood
  7. Druid Hills
  8. Glen Iris
  9. Five Points South
  10. Woodlawn

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Birmingham for 2023? According to the most recent census data, Airport Highlands looks to be the worst neighborhood in Birmingham.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Birmingham that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

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Table Of Contents: Top 10 | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Birmingham For 2023

1. Airport Highlands

Population: 307

Median Home Value: $70,342 (6th worst)
Median Income: $23,306 (3rd worst)

2. Penfield Park

Population: 692

Median Home Value: $154,974 (20th worst)
Median Income: $24,441 (4th worst)

3. Airport Hills

Population: 5,760

Median Home Value: $119,811 (16th worst)
Median Income: $35,514 (16th worst)

4. East Birmingham

Population: 5,794

Median Home Value: $73,206 (7th worst)
Median Income: $31,530 (13th worst)

5. Evergreen

Population: 1,610

Median Home Value: $80,795 (11th worst)
Median Income: $25,508 (7th worst)

6. Norwood

Population: 4,121

Median Home Value: $66,344 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $28,856 (10th worst)

7. Druid Hills

Population: 2,001

Median Home Value: $58,004 (worst)
Median Income: $15,826 (worst)

8. Glen Iris

Population: 4,598

Median Home Value: $140,333 (18th worst)
Median Income: $24,667 (5th worst)

9. Five Points South

Population: 12,236

Median Home Value: $114,391 (15th worst)
Median Income: $27,449 (9th worst)

10. Woodlawn

Population: 11,023

Median Home Value: $73,338 (8th worst)
Median Income: $38,389 (18th worst)

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Birmingham neighborhoods in 2023

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 plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Birmingham:

  • High crime (Estimated)
  • 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)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criterion into a “Worst Score.”

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Birmingham.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2023. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Birmingham.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 21 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Birmingham

Well, there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Birmingham with Airport Highlands landing at the bottom of the pack.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Birmingham aren’t all bad. Red Mountain takes the cake as the best place to live in Birmingham.

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

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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Birmingham For 2023?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Airport Highlands 307 $70,342 $23,306
2 Penfield Park 692 $154,974 $24,441
3 Airport Hills 5,760 $119,811 $35,514
4 East Birmingham 5,794 $73,206 $31,530
5 Evergreen 1,610 $80,795 $25,508
6 Norwood 4,121 $66,344 $28,856
7 Druid Hills 2,001 $58,004 $15,826
8 Glen Iris 4,598 $140,333 $24,667
9 Five Points South 12,236 $114,391 $27,449
10 Woodlawn 11,023 $73,338 $38,389
11 Maple Grove 2,365 $98,412 $36,125
12 Northside 16,674 $67,003 $29,887
13 Titusville 4,329 $73,534 $21,709
14 Woodland Park 507 $85,767 $25,121
15 West End 12,821 $96,290 $26,227
16 Fountain Heights 8,923 $68,273 $32,496
17 Brownsville Heights 1,071 $154,974 $47,821
18 Central City 417 $63,154 $52,107
19 Smithfield 7,317 $77,460 $29,602
20 Southside 18,410 $123,783 $34,863
21 Red Mountain 11,498 $343,155 $75,381
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.