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 the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Birmingham. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Birmingham neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data 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 Southside ranks way above the rest.
We examined 21 of Birmingham’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Birmingham’s reputation:
- Druid Hills
- Airport Highlands
- Central City
- Fountain Heights
- Woodland Park
- West End
- Penfield Park
- Glen Iris
Read on to see how we determined the places around Birmingham 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 Birmingham.
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How we determined the worst Birmingham 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 Birmingham:
- 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 Birmingham 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 Birmingham.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Birmingham to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 21 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. Druid Hills
Median Income: $15,826
Median Home Value: $58,004
2. Airport Highlands
Median Income: $23,306
Median Home Value: $70,342
3. Central City
Median Income: $52,107
Median Home Value: $63,154
4. Fountain Heights
Median Income: $32,496
Median Home Value: $68,273
Median Income: $21,709
Median Home Value: $73,534
6. Woodland Park
Median Income: $25,121
Median Home Value: $85,767
7. West End
Median Income: $26,227
Median Home Value: $96,290
8. Penfield Park
Median Income: $24,441
Median Home Value: $154,974
9. Glen Iris
Median Income: $24,667
Median Home Value: $140,333
Median Income: $29,887
Median Home Value: $67,003
The ‘hoods around Birmingham that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Birmingham with Druid Hills landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Birmingham aren’t all bad. Southside 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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Detailed List Of The Worst Birmingham Neighborhoods
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