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Colorado Springs'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 Colorado Springs.
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 Colorado Springs. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.
So the question arises, which Colorado Springs neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Colorado Springs hoods need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Colorado Springs area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Pleasant Valley ranks way above the rest.
We examined 33 of Colorado Springs's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Colorado Springs's reputation.
So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Colorado Springs for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Deerfield Hills looks to be the worst neighborhood in Colorado Springs.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Colorado Springs 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 Colorado Springs.
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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Colorado Springs For 2021
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $176,396 (9th worst)
Median Income: $41,672 (7th worst)
More on Deerfield Hills: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $255,121 (19th worst)
Median Income: $46,912 (13th worst)
More on Cheyenne Hills: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $169,093 (7th worst)
Median Income: $35,800 (worst)
More on Spring Creek: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $146,355 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $39,342 (5th worst)
More on Pikes Peak Park: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $155,489 (5th worst)
Median Income: $39,237 (4th worst)
More on Park Hill: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $170,698 (8th worst)
Median Income: $39,951 (6th worst)
More on Eastborough: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $184,533 (10th worst)
Median Income: $36,799 (2nd worst)
More on Downtown: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $154,980 (4th worst)
Median Income: $44,076 (11th worst)
More on Memorial Park: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $205,460 (14th worst)
Median Income: $52,060 (16th worst)
More on Rustic Hills: Data
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $184,637 (11th worst)
Median Income: $48,275 (14th worst)
More on Southborough: Data
How we determined the worst Colorado Springs 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 Colorado Springs:
- 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 Colorado Springs, Colorado 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 Colorado Springs.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Colorado Springs to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 33 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 Colorado Springs that are really hoods
Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Colorado Springs with Deerfield Hills landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Colorado Springs aren't all bad. Pleasant Valley takes the cake as the best place to live in Colorado Springs.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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