Fort Lauderdale’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 Fort Lauderdale.
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 Fort Lauderdale. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Fort Lauderdale hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Fort Lauderdale area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Las Olas Isles ranks way above the rest.
We examined 67 of Fort Lauderdale’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Fort Lauderdale’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale according to data:
- Home Beautiful Park
- River Garden Sweeting Estate
- City View Townhome
- Dillard Park
- Durrs Homeowners
- Lake Aire Palm View
- Progresso Village
- Poinciana Park
- North Golf Estates
So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Fort Lauderdale for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Home Beautiful Park looks to be the worst neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Fort Lauderdale 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 Fort Lauderdale.
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How we determined the worst Fort Lauderdale hoods in 2019
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 Fort Lauderdale:
- 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 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 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 Fort Lauderdale.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Fort Lauderdale to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 67 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.
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $53,233 (1st worst)
Median Income: $20,448 (2nd worst)
More on Home Beautiful Park: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $98,900 (6th worst)
Median Income: $19,375 (1st worst)
More on River Garden Sweeting Estate: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $193,000 (15th worst)
Median Income: $29,583 (6th worst)
More on City View Townhome: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $80,667 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $31,199 (8th worst)
More on Dillard Park: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $84,775 (4th worst)
Median Income: $21,118 (3rd worst)
More on Durrs Homeowners: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $121,000 (7th worst)
Median Income: $35,782 (13th worst)
More on Lake Aire Palm View: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $93,400 (5th worst)
Median Income: $24,914 (4th worst)
More on Dorsey-Riverbend: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $273,600 (30th worst)
Median Income: $27,105 (5th worst)
More on Progresso Village: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $406,520 (44th worst)
Median Income: $35,688 (12th worst)
More on Poinciana Park: Data
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $193,800 (16th worst)
Median Income: $55,175 (24th worst)
More on North Golf Estates: Data
The ‘hoods around Fort Lauderdale that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale with Home Beautiful Park landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale aren’t all bad. Las Olas Isles takes the cake as the best place to live in Fort Lauderdale.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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