These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Eugene For 2018


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

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Worst Neighborhoods In Eugene

Eugene’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 Eugene.

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

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

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

We examined 21 of Eugene’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Eugene’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Eugene according to data:

  1. West Eugene
  2. Downtown
  3. Whiteaker
  4. Active Bethel
  5. Trainsong
  6. U Of O Campus
  7. Jefferson Westside
  8. Far West
  9. Industrial Corridor
  10. River Road

Read on to see how we determined the places around Eugene 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 Eugene 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 Eugene:

  • 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 Eugene 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 Eugene.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Eugene to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 21 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. West Eugene

Population: 3,755
Median Income: $31,055
Median Home Value: $173,257

2. Downtown

Population: 3,011
Median Income: $15,359
Median Home Value: $86,871

3. Whiteaker

Population: 3,869
Median Income: $22,098
Median Home Value: $183,500

4. Active Bethel

Population: 25,785
Median Income: $44,358
Median Home Value: $143,650

5. Trainsong

Population: 2,084
Median Income: $31,476
Median Home Value: $162,733

6. U Of O Campus

Population: 2,462
Median Income: $22,614
Median Home Value: $182,300

7. Jefferson Westside

Population: 6,737
Median Income: $26,666
Median Home Value: $168,725

8. Far West

Population: 4,140
Median Income: $35,858
Median Home Value: $186,040

9. Industrial Corridor

Population: 3,012
Median Income: $58,826
Median Home Value: $206,375

10. River Road

Population: 11,963
Median Income: $49,419
Median Home Value: $199,300

The ‘hoods around Eugene that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Eugene with West Eugene landing at the bottom of the pack.

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

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Eugene Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 West Eugene 3,755 $31,055 $173,257
2 Downtown 3,011 $15,359 $86,871
3 Whiteaker 3,869 $22,098 $183,500
4 Active Bethel 25,785 $44,358 $143,650
5 Trainsong 2,084 $31,476 $162,733
6 U Of O Campus 2,462 $22,614 $182,300
7 Jefferson Westside 6,737 $26,666 $168,725
8 Far West 4,140 $35,858 $186,040
9 Industrial Corridor 3,012 $58,826 $206,375
10 River Road 11,963 $49,419 $199,300
11 Santa Clara 18,248 $60,440 $222,814
12 South University 3,652 $16,060 $307,900
13 Churchill Area 9,304 $63,995 $268,680
14 Cal Young 19,311 $58,858 $260,120
15 Harlow 13,144 $44,544 $246,143
16 Amazon 1,588 $48,822 $303,100
17 Southeast 11,630 $62,376 $286,800
18 Friendly Area 7,621 $49,336 $284,189
19 Laurel Hill Valley 624 $100,224 $360,350
20 Crest Drive 5,049 $75,430 $311,567
21 Fairmount 4,165 $59,238 $395,150

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