THE 10 WORST Neighborhoods In Birmingham For 2020


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Birmingham 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 Birmingham.
Worst Neighborhoods In Birmingham

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 places don’t quite measure up to Birmingham’s reputation.

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

  1. Druid Hills
  2. Airport Highlands
  3. Central City
  4. Fountain Heights
  5. Titusville
  6. Woodland Park
  7. West End
  8. Penfield Park
  9. Glen Iris
  10. Northside

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Birmingham for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Druid Hills 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.

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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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Birmingham For 2020

1. Druid Hills

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Birmingham

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Population: 2,001
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $58,004 (1st worst)
Median Income: $15,826 (1st worst)

2. Airport Highlands

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Birmingham

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Population: 307
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $70,342 (6th worst)
Median Income: $23,306 (3rd worst)

3. Central City

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Birmingham

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Population: 417
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $63,154 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $52,107 (20th worst)

4. Fountain Heights

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Birmingham

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Population: 8,923
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $68,273 (5th worst)
Median Income: $32,496 (14th worst)

5. Titusville

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Birmingham

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Population: 4,329
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $73,534 (9th worst)
Median Income: $21,709 (2nd worst)

6. Woodland Park

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Birmingham

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Population: 507
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $85,767 (12th worst)
Median Income: $25,121 (6th worst)

7. West End

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Birmingham

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Population: 12,821
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $96,290 (13th worst)
Median Income: $26,227 (8th worst)

8. Penfield Park

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Birmingham

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Population: 692
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $154,974 (20th worst)
Median Income: $24,441 (4th worst)

9. Glen Iris

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Birmingham

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Population: 4,598
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $140,333 (18th worst)
Median Income: $24,667 (5th worst)

10. Northside

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Birmingham

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Population: 16,674
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $67,003 (4th worst)
Median Income: $29,887 (12th worst)

How we determined the worst Birmingham 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 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, Alabama 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.

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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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Birmingham For 2020?

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