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:
- Duke Homestead
- Omah Street Citizens
- Latta Road
- North Garrett Road Community
- Croasdaile Farm
- Orange County Courtesy Review Area
- Stadium Heights
- Wellons Village
- 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.
1. Duke Homestead
Median Income: $48,778
Median Home Value: $132,833
2. Omah Street Citizens
Median Income: $56,359
Median Home Value: $184,116
3. Latta Road
Median Income: $81,203
Median Home Value: $181,507
4. North Garrett Road Community
Median Income: $59,098
Median Home Value: $223,473
Median Income: $67,648
Median Home Value: $170,885
6. Croasdaile Farm
Median Income: $59,698
Median Home Value: $249,823
7. Orange County Courtesy Review Area
Median Income: $48,524
Median Home Value: $222,463
8. Stadium Heights
Median Income: $38,955
Median Home Value: $209,480
9. Wellons Village
Median Income: $28,669
Median Home Value: $82,410
10. Duke Forest
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
|Omah Street Citizens||2|
|North Garrett Road Community||4|
|Orange County Courtesy Review Area||7|
|Southeast Durham Joint Community Council||15|
|Old North Durham||17|
|Southwest Central Durham||27|
|Y. E. Smith Community Organization||31|
|Northeast Central Durham||34|
|Old West Durham||35|
|Fayetteville Street Corridor||36|