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 North Carolina thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Durham. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.
So the question arises, which Durham neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?
Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science 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 Parkside ranks way above the rest.
We examined 41 of Durham’s neighborhoods to find out the most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Durham’s reputation.
So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Durham for 2023? According to the most recent census data, Campus Hill looks to be the worst neighborhood in Durham.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Durham that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.
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The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Durham For 2023
1. Campus Hill
Median Home Value: $113,703 (8th worst)
Median Income: $27,722 (6th worst)
2. Southeast Durham Joint Community Council
Median Home Value: $115,922 (9th worst)
Median Income: $30,008 (11th worst)
3. Plum Street
Median Home Value: $83,749 (4th worst)
Median Income: $23,602 (worst)
4. Duke University
Median Home Value: $299,859 (34th worst)
Median Income: $25,247 (3rd worst)
5. Y. E. Smith Community Organization
Median Home Value: $81,073 (worst)
Median Income: $32,460 (13th worst)
6. Duke Forest
Median Home Value: $245,167 (26th worst)
Median Income: $33,147 (14th worst)
7. Duke Homestead
Median Home Value: $132,833 (10th worst)
Median Income: $48,778 (29th worst)
8. Northeast Central Durham
Median Home Value: $83,731 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $25,537 (4th worst)
9. Wellons Village
Median Home Value: $82,410 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $28,669 (8th worst)
10. Stadium Heights
Median Home Value: $209,480 (20th worst)
Median Income: $38,955 (2worst)
Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Durham neighborhoods in 2023
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 plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Durham:
- High crime (Estimated)
- 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)
Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Durham, North Carolina for each of these criteria from worst to best.
Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criterion into a “Worst Score.”
The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Durham.
The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2023. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Durham.
Skip to the end to see the list of all 41 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.
Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Durham
Well, there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Durham with Campus Hill landing at the bottom of the pack.
As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Durham aren’t all bad. Parkside 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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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Durham For 2023?
|Rank||Neighborhood||Population||Home Value||Median Income|
|2||Southeast Durham Joint Community Council||715||$115,922||$30,008|
|5||Y. E. Smith Community Organization||2,043||$81,073||$32,460|
|8||Northeast Central Durham||3,521||$83,731||$25,537|
|12||Old West Durham||2,626||$295,814||$42,458|
|15||Fayetteville Street Corridor||9,098||$140,515||$27,210|
|17||North Garrett Road Community||2,691||$223,473||$59,098|
|22||Orange County Courtesy Review Area||535||$222,463||$48,524|
|23||Omah Street Citizens||230||$184,116||$56,359|
|30||Southwest Central Durham||5,272||$238,098||$34,215|
|31||Old North Durham||1,835||$110,656||$35,838|