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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Worst Neighborhoods In Cincinnati

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

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

  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.

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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.

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

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

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