These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Cincinnati For 2018


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Cincinnati that are the real pits.

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Cincinnati’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 Cincinnati.

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

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

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

We examined 45 of Cincinnati’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Cincinnati’s reputation:

  1. Sedamsville
  2. North Fairmount
  3. South Fairmount
  4. Lower Price Hill
  5. South Cumminsville
  6. East Westwood
  7. West End
  8. Winton Hills
  9. Avondale
  10. Camp Washington

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

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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How we determined the worst Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati:

  • 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 Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Cincinnati to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 45 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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1. Sedamsville

Population: 373
Median Income: $20,596
Median Home Value: $55,700

2. North Fairmount

Population: 2,117
Median Income: $19,372
Median Home Value: $43,900

3. South Fairmount

Population: 4,356
Median Income: $20,794
Median Home Value: $58,855

4. Lower Price Hill

Population: 1,599
Median Income: $25,988
Median Home Value: $60,700

5. South Cumminsville

Population: 2,594
Median Income: $14,253
Median Home Value: $71,367

6. East Westwood

Population: 4,364
Median Income: $17,944
Median Home Value: $62,367

7. West End

Population: 5,645
Median Income: $13,779
Median Home Value: $83,430

8. Winton Hills

Population: 5,502
Median Income: $30,508
Median Home Value: $77,000

9. Avondale

Population: 7,458
Median Income: $16,655
Median Home Value: $76,625

10. Camp Washington

Population: 1,582
Median Income: $30,306
Median Home Value: $81,350

The ‘hoods around Cincinnati that are really hoods

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

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

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Cincinnati Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Sedamsville 1 373 $20,596 $55,700
North Fairmount 2 2,117 $19,372 $43,900
South Fairmount 3 4,356 $20,794 $58,855
Lower Price Hill 4 1,599 $25,988 $60,700
South Cumminsville 5 2,594 $14,253 $71,367
East Westwood 6 4,364 $17,944 $62,367
West End 7 5,645 $13,779 $83,430
Winton Hills 8 5,502 $30,508 $77,000
Avondale 9 7,458 $16,655 $76,625
Camp Washington 10 1,582 $30,306 $81,350
Roselawn 11 6,213 $28,354 $69,689
Winton Place 12 2,140 $31,072 $87,425
East Price Hill 13 12,252 $26,858 $60,131
Riverside 14 1,523 $35,726 $76,200
Carthage 15 2,768 $32,228 $95,300
Sayler Park 16 2,701 $44,268 $100,725
Westwood 17 29,692 $34,794 $96,553
Bond Hill 18 7,972 $33,449 $98,614
Corryville 19 3,083 $18,189 $105,533
Mount Airy 20 8,820 $41,926 $120,622
West Price Hill 21 20,237 $39,322 $81,473
Walnut Hills 22 5,873 $31,602 $134,291
Cuf 23 16,578 $22,201 $106,042
Northside 24 7,235 $34,303 $124,242
College Hill 25 14,280 $40,634 $104,941
Mount Auburn 26 5,813 $30,933 $145,667
Evanston 27 8,531 $29,599 $120,862
Over-The-Rhine 28 5,259 $26,438 $144,642
East End 29 1,797 $48,634 $173,983
Madisonville 30 9,093 $50,021 $139,185
Hartwell 31 5,339 $54,065 $120,500
Paddock Hills 32 1,305 $54,741 $139,700
North Avondale 33 7,210 $47,440 $143,173
Central Business District 34 4,134 $59,629 $170,764
Kennedy Heights 35 4,640 $47,297 $130,243
Mount Washington 36 11,074 $65,917 $172,150
Pleasant Ridge 37 7,751 $51,662 $161,800
California 38 661 $114,607 $282,800
Linwood 39 303 $85,202 $284,567
Columbia-Tusculum 40 2,075 $78,187 $341,333
Clifton 41 8,655 $33,953 $277,670
Mount Adams 42 2,160 $88,934 $373,000
Oakley 43 9,469 $57,662 $198,300
Hyde Park 44 13,316 $66,566 $297,282
Mount Lookout 45 5,824 $90,262 $340,714

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