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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 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 Red Mountain 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.
So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Birmingham for 2021? 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.
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 2021
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $70,342 (6th worst)
Median Income: $23,306 (3rd worst)
More on Airport Highlands: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $154,974 (20th worst)
Median Income: $24,441 (4th worst)
More on Penfield Park: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $119,811 (16th worst)
Median Income: $35,514 (16th worst)
More on Airport Hills: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $73,206 (7th worst)
Median Income: $31,530 (13th worst)
More on East Birmingham: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $80,795 (11th worst)
Median Income: $25,508 (7th worst)
More on Evergreen: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $66,344 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $28,856 (10th worst)
More on Norwood: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $58,004 (worst)
Median Income: $15,826 (worst)
More on Druid Hills: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $140,333 (18th worst)
Median Income: $24,667 (5th worst)
More on Glen Iris: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $114,391 (15th worst)
Median Income: $27,449 (9th worst)
More on Five Points South: Data
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $73,338 (8th worst)
Median Income: $38,389 (18th worst)
More on Woodlawn: Data
How we determined the worst Birmingham hoods in 2021
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 Airport Highlands landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we 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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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Birmingham For 2021?
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