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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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 ten places don’t quite measure up to Dayton’s reputation:

  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.

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 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.

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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

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

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