These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Des Moines For 2018


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

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Worst Neighborhoods In Des Moines

Des Moines’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 Des Moines.

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 Des Moines. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

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

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

We examined 51 of Des Moines’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Des Moines’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Des Moines according to data:

  1. Capitol View South
  2. Capitol East
  3. Somerset
  4. New Vision
  5. Cheatom Park
  6. Garton West
  7. King-Irving Park
  8. Kirkwood Glen
  9. River Bend
  10. Capitol Park

Read on to see how we determined the places around Des Moines 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.

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How we determined the worst Des Moines 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 Des Moines:

  • 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 Des Moines 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 Des Moines.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Des Moines to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 51 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. Capitol View South

Population: 522
Median Income: $27,000
Median Home Value: $74,200

2. Capitol East

Population: 1,939
Median Income: $32,624
Median Home Value: $64,133

3. Somerset

Population: 248
Median Income: $37,079
Median Home Value: $32,500

4. New Vision

Population: 846
Median Income: $27,212
Median Home Value: $87,500

5. Cheatom Park

Population: 1,623
Median Income: $32,019
Median Home Value: $77,100

6. Garton West

Population: 72
Median Income: $34,922
Median Home Value: $101,600

7. King-Irving Park

Population: 2,669
Median Income: $29,773
Median Home Value: $84,025

8. Kirkwood Glen

Population: 272
Median Income: $28,911
Median Home Value: $68,100

9. River Bend

Population: 2,892
Median Income: $28,161
Median Home Value: $89,500

10. Capitol Park

Population: 3,163
Median Income: $28,422
Median Home Value: $77,800

The ‘hoods around Des Moines that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Des Moines with Capitol View South landing at the bottom of the pack.

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

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Des Moines Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Capitol View South 522 $27,000 $74,200
2 Capitol East 1,939 $32,624 $64,133
3 Somerset 248 $37,079 $32,500
4 New Vision 846 $27,212 $87,500
5 Cheatom Park 1,623 $32,019 $77,100
6 Garton West 72 $34,922 $101,600
7 King-Irving Park 2,669 $29,773 $84,025
8 Kirkwood Glen 272 $28,911 $68,100
9 River Bend 2,892 $28,161 $89,500
10 Capitol Park 3,163 $28,422 $77,800
11 Drake Park 733 $24,405 $87,800
12 Mondamin Presidentia 1,675 $36,036 $84,133
13 Carpenter 789 $14,653 $99,400
14 Highland Park 8,959 $44,699 $91,075
15 Martin Luther King Jr Park 2,674 $35,782 $79,950
16 Fairground 4,682 $38,850 $81,817
17 Gray’S Woods 2,683 $38,571 $105,933
18 Douglas Acres 3,306 $42,928 $106,300
19 Woodland Heights 1,707 $30,597 $113,475
20 Laurel Hill 307 $51,486 $106,300
21 Arbor Peaks 1,093 $29,408 $123,933
22 Downtown Des Moines 2,484 $30,714 $78,150
23 Mckinley School 1,718 $39,695 $87,400
24 Union Park 6,626 $45,932 $95,650
25 Valley High Manor 252 $65,664 $122,000
26 Indianola Hills 5,609 $43,368 $101,567
27 Oak Park 3,873 $46,028 $90,625
28 Jordan Park 2,189 $31,333 $120,700
29 Fairmont Park 4,498 $46,797 $109,662
30 Chautauqua Park 528 $52,578 $90,200
31 Drake 10,434 $41,799 $109,177
32 Accent 3,332 $49,671 $88,650
33 Magnolia Park 2,107 $45,368 $127,400
34 South Park 2,578 $45,887 $109,000
35 North Of Grand 2,748 $38,524 $114,725
36 Bloomfield-Allen 6,585 $56,760 $140,700
37 Greater South Side 8,605 $54,232 $125,838
38 Sherman Hill 1,585 $32,174 $150,800
39 Southwestern Hills 5,618 $67,016 $177,857
40 Merle Hay 9,524 $55,943 $127,346
41 Waveland Park 3,041 $66,596 $154,900
42 Meredith 4,243 $63,534 $138,967
43 Lower Beaver 5,404 $58,451 $145,429
44 Greenwood 937 $57,886 $211,600
45 Beaverdale 8,215 $63,792 $138,667
46 Waveland Woods 737 $65,938 $136,700
47 Salisbury Oaks 1,037 $78,944 $259,100
48 Linden Heights 406 $86,513 $267,500
49 Westwood 1,282 $86,513 $267,500
50 Waterbury 2,581 $97,000 $239,100
51 Ingersoll Park 743 $83,387 $204,400

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