These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Dallas For 2018


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

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Dallas’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 Dallas.

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

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

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

We examined 34 of Dallas’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Dallas’s reputation:

    1. South Boulevard-Park Row
    2. Northwest Dallas
    3. South Dallas
    4. Cedar Crest
    5. Southeast Dallas
    6. Lake Caroline
    7. Wolf Creek
    8. Five Mile Creek
    9. Urbandale-Parkdale
    10. Eagle Ford

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

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 Dallas 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 Dallas:

  • 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 Dallas 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 Dallas.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Dallas to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 34 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. South Boulevard-Park Row

Population: 25,688
Median Income: $27,335
Median Home Value: $63,947

2. Northwest Dallas

Population: 2,036
Median Income: $22,125
Median Home Value: $88,800

3. South Dallas

Population: 28,912
Median Income: $33,449
Median Home Value: $62,562

4. Cedar Crest

Population: 60,991
Median Income: $25,202
Median Home Value: $61,713

5. Southeast Dallas

Population: 131,956
Median Income: $35,959
Median Home Value: $70,073

6. Lake Caroline

Population: 403
Median Income: $46,740
Median Home Value: $10,900

7. Wolf Creek

Population: 34,106
Median Income: $36,598
Median Home Value: $70,518

8. Five Mile Creek

Population: 6,637
Median Income: $24,616
Median Home Value: $74,483

9. Urbandale-Parkdale

Population: 25,152
Median Income: $34,825
Median Home Value: $77,543

10. Eagle Ford

Population: 27,727
Median Income: $34,704
Median Home Value: $105,038

The ‘hoods around Dallas that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Dallas with South Boulevard-Park Row landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Dallas aren’t all bad. University Park takes the cake as the best place to live in Dallas.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Dallas Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
South Boulevard-Park Row 1 25,688 $27,335 $63,947
Northwest Dallas 2 2,036 $22,125 $88,800
South Dallas 3 28,912 $33,449 $62,562
Cedar Crest 4 60,991 $25,202 $61,713
Southeast Dallas 5 131,956 $35,959 $70,073
Lake Caroline 6 403 $46,740 $10,900
Wolf Creek 7 34,106 $36,598 $70,518
Five Mile Creek 8 6,637 $24,616 $74,483
Urbandale-Parkdale 9 25,152 $34,825 $77,543
Eagle Ford 10 27,727 $34,704 $105,038
Love Field Area 11 11,200 $35,146 $72,838
Southwest Dallas 12 101,142 $45,572 $92,203
Winnetka Heights 13 63,990 $38,939 $87,095
Cockrell Hill 14 4,202 $38,246 $77,550
Lake Highlands 15 51,491 $46,167 $72,412
Northeast Dallas 16 230,414 $58,187 $167,714
West End Historic District 17 887 $71,024 $95,050
Oak Cliff 18 33,089 $52,398 $150,839
Farmers Market District 19 1,317 $56,060 $297,300
Far North 20 159,307 $69,113 $184,217
Government District 21 789 $72,563 $216,200
Main Street District 22 821 $72,563 $216,200
Near East 23 11,417 $67,570 $125,000
Convention Center District 24 722 $59,355 $352,300
City Center District 25 1,437 $75,244 $249,300
Reunion District 26 704 $75,858 $271,200
Preston Hollow 27 84,560 $81,315 $233,488
Arts District 28 517 $80,752 $269,600
M Streets 29 33,031 $66,103 $233,388
Bluffview 30 15,844 $104,853 $397,060
Highland Park 31 8,612 $194,497 $958,376
North Dallas 32 40,259 $117,553 $401,650
Oak Lawn 33 48,387 $74,996 $248,449
University Park 34 23,680 $186,166 $877,464

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