These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Durham For 2018


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

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Durham’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 Durham.

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 Durham. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

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

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

We examined 41 of Durham’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Durham’s reputation:

  1. Duke Homestead
  2. Omah Street Citizens
  3. Latta Road
  4. North Garrett Road Community
  5. Parkwood
  6. Croasdaile Farm
  7. Orange County Courtesy Review Area
  8. Stadium Heights
  9. Wellons Village
  10. Duke Forest

Read on to see how we determined the places around Durham 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 Durham.

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How we determined the worst Durham 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 Durham:

  • 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 Durham 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 Durham.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Durham to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 41 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. Duke Homestead

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Durham

Population: 1,226
Median Income: $48,778
Median Home Value: $132,833

2. Omah Street Citizens

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Durham

Population: 230
Median Income: $56,359
Median Home Value: $184,116

3. Latta Road

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Durham

Population: 2,029
Median Income: $81,203
Median Home Value: $181,507

4. North Garrett Road Community

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Durham

Population: 2,691
Median Income: $59,098
Median Home Value: $223,473

5. Parkwood

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Durham

Population: 2,806
Median Income: $67,648
Median Home Value: $170,885

6. Croasdaile Farm

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Durham

Population: 2,491
Median Income: $59,698
Median Home Value: $249,823

7. Orange County Courtesy Review Area

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Durham

Population: 535
Median Income: $48,524
Median Home Value: $222,463

8. Stadium Heights

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Durham

Population: 1,207
Median Income: $38,955
Median Home Value: $209,480

9. Wellons Village

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Durham

Population: 1,636
Median Income: $28,669
Median Home Value: $82,410

10. Duke Forest

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Durham

Population: 2,753
Median Income: $33,147
Median Home Value: $245,167

The ‘hoods around Durham that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Durham with Duke Homestead landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Durham aren’t all bad. West End takes the cake as the best place to live in Durham.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Durham Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Duke Homestead 1 1,226 $48,778 $132,833
Omah Street Citizens 2 230 $56,359 $184,116
Latta Road 3 2,029 $81,203 $181,507
North Garrett Road Community 4 2,691 $59,098 $223,473
Parkwood 5 2,806 $67,648 $170,885
Croasdaile Farm 6 2,491 $59,698 $249,823
Orange County Courtesy Review Area 7 535 $48,524 $222,463
Stadium Heights 8 1,207 $38,955 $209,480
Wellons Village 9 1,636 $28,669 $82,410
Duke Forest 10 2,753 $33,147 $245,167
South Durham 11 26,198 $70,538 $218,267
Duke Park 12 2,162 $46,012 $177,479
Campus Hill 13 488 $27,722 $113,703
Watts Hospital-Hillandale 14 2,787 $55,992 $240,189
Southeast Durham Joint Community Council 15 715 $30,008 $115,922
Northgate Park 16 1,455 $44,747 $137,362
Old North Durham 17 1,835 $35,838 $110,656
Lakewood Park 18 646 $37,969 $189,799
Burch Avenue 19 533 $24,844 $299,859
Hope Valley 20 9,260 $67,904 $444,276
Duke University 21 8,814 $25,247 $299,859
Valley Run 22 261 $32,204 $263,643
Plum Street 23 262 $23,602 $83,749
Albright Community 24 826 $28,532 $100,829
Tuscaloosa-Lakewood 25 1,493 $38,481 $299,859
Parkside 26 139 $76,071 $308,616
Southwest Central Durham 27 5,272 $34,215 $238,098
Forest Hills 28 1,647 $36,831 $342,482
East Durham 29 8,949 $28,730 $86,897
Rockwood 30 800 $57,956 $308,157
Y. E. Smith Community Organization 31 2,043 $32,460 $81,073
Colonial Village 32 545 $44,091 $137,362
St. Teresa 33 249 $59,097 $359,836
Northeast Central Durham 34 3,521 $25,537 $83,731
Old West Durham 35 2,626 $42,458 $295,814
Fayetteville Street Corridor 36 9,098 $27,210 $140,515
Morrehead Hill 37 843 $35,473 $342,715
Lyon Park 38 759 $39,700 $133,717
Walltown 39 1,871 $53,573 $271,157
Trinity Park 40 2,538 $45,654 $272,201
West End 41 1,015 $29,666 $299,859