These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Dayton For 2018


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

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Worst Neighborhoods In Dayton

Dayton’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 Dayton.

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

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

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

We examined 65 of Dayton’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Dayton’s reputation.

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

  1. McCook Field
  2. Macfarlane
  3. Edgemont
  4. Pineview
  5. Highview Hills
  6. Stoney Ridge
  7. Lakeview
  8. Roosevelt
  9. Midtown
  10. Southern Dayton View

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

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How we determined the worst Dayton 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 Dayton:

  • 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 Dayton 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 Dayton.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Dayton to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 65 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. Mccook Field

Population: 669
Median Income: $19,604
Median Home Value: $14,350

2. Macfarlane

Population: 615
Median Income: $14,969
Median Home Value: $40,800

3. Edgemont

Population: 1,717
Median Income: $19,106
Median Home Value: $41,250

4. Pineview

Population: 637
Median Income: $20,868
Median Home Value: $34,650

5. Highview Hills

Population: 539
Median Income: $19,630
Median Home Value: $54,300

6. Stoney Ridge

Population: 1,608
Median Income: $19,630
Median Home Value: $54,300

7. Lakeview

Population: 1,745
Median Income: $17,130
Median Home Value: $36,500

8. Roosevelt

Population: 757
Median Income: $23,797
Median Home Value: $45,850

9. Midtown

Population: 161
Median Income: $17,328
Median Home Value: $48,600

10. Southern Dayton View

Population: 2,630
Median Income: $20,974
Median Home Value: $54,625

The ‘hoods around Dayton that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Dayton with Mccook Field landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Dayton aren’t all bad. Pheasant Hill takes the cake as the best place to live in Dayton.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Dayton Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Mccook Field 669 $19,604 $14,350
2 Macfarlane 615 $14,969 $40,800
3 Edgemont 1,717 $19,106 $41,250
4 Pineview 637 $20,868 $34,650
5 Highview Hills 539 $19,630 $54,300
6 Stoney Ridge 1,608 $19,630 $54,300
7 Lakeview 1,745 $17,130 $36,500
8 Roosevelt 757 $23,797 $45,850
9 Midtown 161 $17,328 $48,600
10 Southern Dayton View 2,630 $20,974 $54,625
11 West Wood 5,526 $23,188 $40,638
12 Miami Chapel 1,743 $19,384 $57,150
13 Twin Towers 3,329 $17,278 $46,125
14 Old North Dayton 5,087 $23,320 $54,300
15 Greenwich Village 2,528 $22,917 $47,067
16 Santa Clara 1,533 $16,950 $46,600
17 Burkhardt 3,993 $20,989 $40,860
18 Wesleyan Hill 1,442 $22,671 $42,900
19 Riverdale 1,057 $23,182 $52,300
20 North Riverdale 4,095 $21,316 $50,580
21 Residence Park 4,298 $25,645 $56,338
22 Little Richmond 733 $26,629 $59,600
23 Carillon 577 $24,274 $47,700
24 Wolf Creek 516 $13,309 $78,900
25 Arlington Heights 479 $30,408 $32,000
26 Fairlane 1,553 $26,269 $78,233
27 Five Points 732 $13,309 $78,900
28 Philadelphia Woods 1,119 $29,188 $82,567
29 Madden Hills 591 $29,102 $62,400
30 Fairview 1,651 $25,566 $66,575
31 Cornell Heights 1,766 $23,481 $61,400
32 Hillcrest 2,682 $33,062 $71,050
33 Mount Vernon 644 $27,458 $70,800
34 Five Oaks 2,411 $22,639 $59,025
35 Northern Hills 1,628 $30,642 $57,733
36 Wright View 3,911 $34,062 $51,800
37 Deweese 1,416 $31,324 $88,600
38 Northridge Estates 3,017 $30,611 $107,925
39 Springfield 2,674 $31,192 $63,580
40 Germantown Meadows 1,581 $37,168 $84,200
41 Historic Inner East 2,470 $33,876 $58,275
42 College Hill 2,120 $30,479 $60,950
43 Eastern Hills 4,884 $34,216 $63,400
44 Old Dayton View 1,137 $32,464 $69,450
45 Grafton Hill 1,226 $18,045 $100,833
46 Webster Station 705 $13,864 $219,800
47 Mcpherson 576 $21,733 $154,800
48 South Park 1,618 $27,901 $102,050
49 Kittyhawk 2,064 $47,303 $92,000
50 Downtown 1,631 $13,864 $219,800
51 Linden Heights 5,195 $38,893 $69,400
52 Eastmont 2,176 $41,870 $83,200
53 Walnut Hills 4,565 $39,086 $69,250
54 University Park 9,853 $39,901 $99,440
55 Forest Ridge-Quail Hollow 3,165 $70,416 $127,775
56 Gateway 1,193 $46,699 $107,500
57 Oregon 1,177 $20,313 $190,200
58 Belmont 9,575 $35,056 $79,850
59 University Row 1,175 $41,364 $84,700
60 Hearthstone 2,158 $40,000 $74,900
61 Princeton Heights 608 $49,000 $67,400
62 Dayton View Triangle 1,553 $58,732 $85,100
63 Shroyer Park 2,755 $54,327 $117,300
64 Patterson Park 1,383 $62,917 $120,300
65 Pheasant Hill 2,716 $85,286 $164,600

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