These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Dayton For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Dayton.
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 Patterson Park ranks way above the rest.

We examined 64 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. Highview Hills
  2. Stoney Ridge
  3. Lakeview
  4. Roosevelt
  5. McCook Field
  6. Pineview
  7. Greenwich Village
  8. Edgemont
  9. Miami Chapel
  10. Wesleyan Hill

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Dayton for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Highview Hills looks to be the worst neighborhood in Dayton.

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 in 2019

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, Ohio 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 64 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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Population: 521
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $39,500 (10th worst)
Median Income: $17,984 (4th worst)
More on Highview Hills:  Data

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Population: 1,554
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $39,500 (10th worst)
Median Income: $17,984 (4th worst)
More on Stoney Ridge:  Data

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Population: 1,574
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $5,850 (1st worst)
Median Income: $16,990 (1st worst)
More on Lakeview:  Data

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Population: 782
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $26,500 (4th worst)
Median Income: $17,014 (2nd worst)
More on Roosevelt:  Data

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Population: 789
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $12,350 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $24,773 (22nd worst)
More on Mccook Field:  Data

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Population: 823
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $39,750 (11th worst)
Median Income: $21,512 (14th worst)
More on Pineview:  Data

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Population: 2,365
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $28,200 (5th worst)
Median Income: $24,679 (21st worst)
More on Greenwich Village:  Data

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Population: 1,644
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $47,500 (13th worst)
Median Income: $22,528 (17th worst)
More on Edgemont:  Data

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Population: 1,549
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $55,500 (24th worst)
Median Income: $18,528 (8th worst)
More on Miami Chapel:  Data

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Population: 1,459
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $48,000 (14th worst)
Median Income: $19,481 (10th worst)
More on Wesleyan Hill:  Data

The ‘hoods around Dayton that are really hoods

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Dayton aren’t all bad. Patterson Park 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 Neighborhoods To Live In Dayton For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Highview Hills 521 $39,500 $17,984
2 Stoney Ridge 1,554 $39,500 $17,984
3 Lakeview 1,574 $5,850 $16,990
4 Roosevelt 782 $26,500 $17,014
5 Mccook Field 789 $12,350 $24,773
6 Pineview 823 $39,750 $21,512
7 Greenwich Village 2,365 $28,200 $24,679
8 Edgemont 1,644 $47,500 $22,528
9 Miami Chapel 1,549 $55,500 $18,528
10 Wesleyan Hill 1,459 $48,000 $19,481
11 Residence Park 4,110 $52,462 $21,562
12 Little Richmond 800 $55,300 $27,813
13 Southern Dayton View 2,229 $38,075 $30,431
14 West Wood 5,107 $30,612 $23,023
15 Arlington Heights 443 $18,850 $25,000
16 Philadelphia Woods 1,072 $68,400 $29,390
17 North Riverdale 4,026 $44,560 $20,826
18 Twin Towers 2,880 $33,475 $19,908
19 Wolf Creek 398 $78,800 $18,190
20 Midtown 178 $70,700 $21,164
21 Old North Dayton 5,559 $55,567 $29,395
22 Five Points 565 $78,800 $18,190
23 Riverdale 1,039 $50,000 $19,321
24 Santa Clara 1,562 $51,550 $23,958
25 Mount Vernon 677 $69,100 $25,312
26 Cornell Heights 1,855 $49,200 $23,864
27 Fairview 1,624 $61,875 $27,606
28 Hillcrest 2,608 $67,075 $29,992
29 Wright View 4,230 $51,075 $30,502
30 Madden Hills 587 $59,400 $26,487
31 Burkhardt 4,329 $52,600 $22,256
32 Carillon 614 $54,500 $30,000
33 Springfield 2,862 $63,800 $34,497
34 Fairlane 1,546 $79,000 $43,509
35 Northridge Estates 2,671 $102,825 $38,384
36 Germantown Meadows 1,663 $87,700 $39,874
37 Deweese 1,485 $84,500 $41,068
38 Five Oaks 2,500 $48,350 $30,806
39 Eastern Hills 4,568 $56,740 $35,794
40 Northern Hills 1,706 $57,533 $33,292
41 Kittyhawk 1,982 $84,867 $40,654
42 South Park 1,701 $112,575 $28,116
43 College Hill 2,001 $61,150 $35,170
44 Webster Station 717 $190,300 $26,157
45 Historic Inner East 2,479 $71,725 $37,476
46 Old Dayton View 1,125 $76,950 $31,540
47 Grafton Hill 1,404 $97,800 $24,966
48 Linden Heights 6,008 $68,833 $40,758
49 Walnut Hills 4,770 $69,083 $33,424
50 Downtown 1,658 $190,300 $26,157
51 University Park 9,408 $96,400 $44,028
52 Forest Ridge-Quail Hollow 3,423 $119,850 $76,586
53 University Row 1,085 $74,100 $41,071
54 Oregon 1,302 $183,400 $17,019
55 Eastmont 2,355 $79,800 $48,437
56 Mcpherson 399 $158,600 $40,202
57 Belmont 9,715 $78,570 $34,948
58 Princeton Heights 636 $61,800 $48,250
59 Gateway 1,418 $125,600 $67,218
60 Hearthstone 1,995 $72,933 $46,116
61 Dayton View Triangle 1,763 $77,250 $44,876
62 Shroyer Park 2,047 $111,700 $49,965
63 Pheasant Hill 2,604 $163,800 $78,333
64 Patterson Park 1,469 $115,800 $65,515