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

  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.

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 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.

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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

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

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