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:
- Capitol View South
- Capitol East
- New Vision
- Cheatom Park
- Garton West
- King-Irving Park
- Kirkwood Glen
- River Bend
- 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
Median Income: $27,000
Median Home Value: $74,200
2. Capitol East
Median Income: $32,624
Median Home Value: $64,133
Median Income: $37,079
Median Home Value: $32,500
4. New Vision
Median Income: $27,212
Median Home Value: $87,500
5. Cheatom Park
Median Income: $32,019
Median Home Value: $77,100
6. Garton West
Median Income: $34,922
Median Home Value: $101,600
7. King-Irving Park
Median Income: $29,773
Median Home Value: $84,025
8. Kirkwood Glen
Median Income: $28,911
Median Home Value: $68,100
9. River Bend
Median Income: $28,161
Median Home Value: $89,500
10. Capitol Park
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
|1||Capitol View South||522|
|15||Martin Luther King Jr Park||2,674|
|22||Downtown Des Moines||2,484|
|25||Valley High Manor||252|
|35||North Of Grand||2,748|
|37||Greater South Side||8,605|