The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Fort Wayne For 2021


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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Fort Wayne.
Worst Neighborhoods In Fort Wayne
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Fort Wayne'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 Wayne.

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 Wayne. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.

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

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Fort Wayne hoods need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Fort Wayne area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Shores Of Rock Creek ranks way above the rest.

We examined 206 of Fort Wayne's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Fort Wayne's reputation.

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Fort Wayne for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Highland Park Forest looks to be the worst neighborhood in Fort Wayne.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Fort Wayne 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 Wayne.

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Fort Wayne For 2021

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Population: 82
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $56,600 (28th worst)
Median Income: $24,271 (18th worst)
More on Highland Park Forest:  Data

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Population: 343
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $34,600 (5th worst)
Median Income: $24,211 (17th worst)
More on Harvester:  Data

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Population: 205
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $82,100 (57th worst)
Median Income: $11,674 (2nd worst)
More on Branning Hills:  Data

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Population: 252
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $45,600 (16th worst)
Median Income: $22,034 (8th worst)
More on Suburan Heights:  Data

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Population: 99
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $75,300 (50th worst)
Median Income: $25,503 (20th worst)
More on Oakland Park:  Data

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Population: 782
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $40,967 (14th worst)
Median Income: $18,175 (4th worst)
More on Memorial Park:  Data

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Population: 564
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $29,900 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $19,034 (6th worst)
More on Poplar:  Data

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Population: 208
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $72,900 (43rd worst)
Median Income: $11,426 (worst)
More on Ferndale:  Data

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Population: 539
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $47,500 (17th worst)
Median Income: $32,117 (38th worst)
More on Vesey:  Data

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Population: 889
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $38,100 (9th worst)
Median Income: $23,880 (15th worst)
More on Greater Mcmillen Park:  Data

How we determined the worst Fort Wayne hoods in 2021

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 Wayne:

  • 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 Wayne, Indiana 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 Wayne.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Fort Wayne to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 206 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.

The 'hoods around Fort Wayne that are really hoods

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Fort Wayne with Highland Park Forest landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Fort Wayne aren't all bad. Shores Of Rock Creek takes the cake as the best place to live in Fort Wayne.

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

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Fort Wayne For 2021?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Highland Park Forest 82 $56,600 $24,271
2 Harvester 343 $34,600 $24,211
3 Branning Hills 205 $82,100 $11,674
4 Suburan Heights 252 $45,600 $22,034
5 Oakland Park 99 $75,300 $25,503
6 Memorial Park 782 $40,967 $18,175
7 Poplar 564 $29,900 $19,034
8 Ferndale 208 $72,900 $11,426
9 Vesey 539 $47,500 $32,117
10 Greater Mcmillen Park 889 $38,100 $23,880
11 East Side 1,103 $27,600 $24,063
12 South Suburan 1,869 $54,433 $22,344
13 Mount Vernon Park 790 $45,600 $22,034
14 Hoagland Masterson 699 $49,700 $22,038
15 Larez 1,529 $35,300 $21,159
16 Michigan Avenue 579 $40,633 $25,938
17 Westfield 1,228 $64,650 $37,968
18 East Central 2,566 $29,240 $23,390
19 Pontiac Place 945 $35,750 $22,927
20 North Sherwood Terrace And Silver Maples 191 $83,600 $41,317
21 Creighton Home 1,045 $39,400 $27,558
22 Taylor Street 365 $81,800 $43,819
23 Anthony Wayne 1,139 $35,950 $28,896
24 Brookview 668 $55,767 $29,514
25 Pettit-Rudisill 5,147 $39,314 $23,310
26 Victoria Park 602 $75,300 $25,503
27 Continental Park 195 $88,400 $28,507
28 Oxford 5,055 $40,543 $26,664
29 Rolling Rose 410 $62,800 $29,250
30 Hickory Grove 210 $88,400 $28,507
31 Casselwood Terrace 235 $88,400 $28,507
32 Broad River 1,393 $53,033 $32,236
33 Five Points 1,329 $69,633 $36,189
34 South Calhoun Place 184 $54,300 $38,289
35 Rudisill-Plaza 274 $47,900 $29,821
36 Summerfield 395 $83,600 $41,317
37 Nebraska 1,696 $55,750 $34,251
38 Spy Run 1,492 $53,550 $29,036
39 Williams-Woodland Park 758 $71,950 $29,356
40 Elmhurst 204 $89,100 $43,835
41 Belle Vista 222 $89,100 $43,835
42 West Central 3,775 $71,260 $25,504
43 Morningside Terrace 223 $65,100 $30,471
44 Bloomingdale 3,180 $51,325 $34,898
45 Maysville Heights 285 $82,700 $18,750
46 Crestwood Colony 1,033 $83,600 $41,317
47 Sand Point 607 $84,350 $37,052
48 Fairfield Terrace-Belmont 1,149 $67,900 $38,548
49 Kingston Park 103 $122,700 $35,678
50 Williams Park 772 $33,100 $17,824
51 Lafayette Place 596 $54,300 $38,289
52 Hamilton 2,826 $58,060 $35,688
53 North Franke Park 485 $86,900 $35,536
54 Sawmill Woods 397 $86,000 $34,416
55 Tower Heights 370 $83,300 $37,000
56 Hillcrest 462 $65,100 $30,471
57 Audubon Park 81 $90,600 $49,000
58 Reckeweg Road 373 $90,600 $42,794
59 Southeast Waynedale 375 $82,500 $38,112
60 South Wayne 1,576 $70,000 $43,480
61 Kyle Road 908 $79,600 $30,270
62 Oakdale 1,872 $73,300 $42,378
63 Lincoln Park 858 $73,150 $48,416
64 Countrybrook 153 $90,600 $49,000
65 Kirkwood Park 283 $91,900 $36,538
66 Bellshire 162 $90,600 $49,000
67 Countryside 164 $90,600 $49,000
68 Wyndemere 212 $94,100 $35,266
69 Irvington Park 124 $57,100 $36,780
70 Avalon Place 704 $82,500 $38,112
71 Sunny Meadows 235 $94,100 $35,266
72 Brentwood Park 773 $85,600 $34,650
73 Westmoor Park 283 $104,400 $40,022
74 Southwest Waynedale 737 $73,800 $29,510
75 Fairfield 1,643 $61,100 $36,967
76 Somerset Acres 83 $91,800 $45,583
77 Village Woods 1,400 $75,200 $42,678
78 Park State East 215 $90,600 $49,000
79 Bohde Grove 140 $91,800 $45,583
80 Interurban Acres 335 $143,300 $41,954
81 Hazelwood 64 $84,300 $51,313
82 Greentree 168 $91,800 $45,583
83 Bridlewood 213 $90,400 $46,250
84 The Hollows 108 $101,400 $53,333
85 North Highlands 1,229 $75,100 $54,784
86 Bellair 380 $83,300 $47,768
87 North Triangle 252 $57,100 $36,780
88 Eldrado Hills 227 $90,400 $46,250
89 Ranchwood 980 $112,000 $35,082
90 Southwick Village 1,101 $79,900 $48,875
91 Log Cabin Park 245 $106,800 $50,722
92 Crown Colony 1,398 $79,900 $48,875
93 Harrison Hill 528 $74,850 $47,420
94 Westwood-Fairway 1,019 $111,600 $36,513
95 Greenview 317 $90,400 $46,250
96 Springwood-Orchard Woods 574 $91,500 $47,028
97 Frances Slocum 2,501 $83,820 $45,608
98 Lofton Woods 339 $111,900 $49,375
99 Cambridge Oaks 196 $102,200 $55,298
100 Lakes Of Buckingham 222 $101,400 $53,333
101 Monarch Park 402 $111,900 $49,375
102 Summit Ridge 234 $101,400 $53,333
103 Mill Ridge Place 106 $124,400 $61,172
104 Glenwood Park 1,190 $116,550 $43,776
105 Old Trail 700 $69,900 $41,513
106 Fairmont 618 $86,800 $48,079
107 Bass-Leesburg 1,549 $113,575 $49,201
108 Maplewood Terrace And Downs 665 $104,600 $51,321
109 Illsley Place 70 $96,500 $49,519
110 Auburn Farms 102 $132,800 $57,896
111 Becketts Run 116 $132,800 $57,896
112 New Kirkwood Park 201 $84,300 $51,313
113 Brookside-Parkerdale 736 $90,400 $46,250
114 Maplewood Gardens 207 $105,000 $57,826
115 Statewood Park 396 $101,400 $53,333
116 Village Of Buckingham 436 $101,400 $53,333
117 Willshire Estates 219 $105,000 $57,826
118 Camelot 240 $105,000 $57,826
119 Northside 6,424 $87,700 $50,693
120 Eldorado Hills 164 $128,600 $57,222
121 Wedgewood Place 198 $121,800 $70,509
122 Sherwood To Pettit 494 $81,000 $53,636
123 Falls Of Beaver Creek 147 $154,300 $52,679
124 Lakewood Park 322 $113,700 $56,985
125 Manor Park 254 $132,800 $57,896
126 Maplewood Park 940 $102,200 $55,298
127 Wallen Chase 264 $132,800 $57,896
128 Newfield 87 $112,300 $61,667
129 Breconshire 99 $118,200 $37,250
130 Jonathon Oaks 269 $121,800 $70,509
131 North Anthony Area 1,909 $93,033 $57,454
132 Abby Place 178 $154,300 $52,679
133 Oakhurst 459 $105,000 $57,826
134 Tanbark Trails 250 $105,900 $64,410
135 Saint Marys River 394 $113,700 $56,985
136 Greenfield 120 $97,500 $61,838
137 Waterswolde 289 $128,600 $57,222
138 Bullerman Park Forest 627 $105,000 $57,826
139 Concord Hills 302 $105,900 $64,410
140 Kern Valley Meadows 229 $130,500 $62,969
141 Burnham Woods 64 $143,800 $43,750
142 Brandonwood 141 $97,500 $61,838
143 Hearthstone 178 $123,000 $62,226
144 Foster Park 320 $96,500 $49,519
145 Walden 1,274 $113,900 $56,104
146 New Glenwood 1,269 $113,900 $56,104
147 Kensington Downs 387 $130,500 $62,969
148 Hillsboro 496 $121,800 $70,509
149 Parkview 1,076 $96,400 $41,250
150 Old Brook Farm 170 $97,500 $61,838
151 Brookside Park 187 $97,500 $61,838
152 Lake Pointe Villas 120 $158,500 $80,227
153 Lakeshores 483 $115,900 $62,390
154 Chandlers Landing 272 $146,100 $74,413
155 Shorewood 751 $157,700 $75,688
156 Woodlands Of Riverside 326 $129,300 $45,882
157 Plantation Of Aboite 98 $144,800 $75,057
158 Forest Park Boulevard 484 $102,400 $65,835
159 Saratoga Park 109 $144,800 $75,057
160 Millstone 408 $123,000 $62,226
161 Westlawn 856 $154,300 $52,679
162 Paper Mill Bluffs 394 $129,300 $45,882
163 Centerhurst 340 $97,500 $61,838
164 Sheffield Woods 119 $149,500 $81,719
165 Liberty Hills West 132 $144,800 $75,057
166 Aboite Lake Estates 213 $137,600 $69,531
167 Liberty Hill 184 $144,800 $75,057
168 Aldale Acres 216 $153,200 $64,234
169 The Knolls 143 $113,500 $69,608
170 Blackhawk Forest 316 $124,900 $61,642
171 Southwood Park 1,544 $102,967 $57,366
172 Blackhawk Farms 334 $124,900 $61,642
173 Rolling Hills 240 $149,500 $81,719
174 Valley Park Forest 338 $150,300 $65,703
175 Forest Ridge Estates 258 $149,500 $81,719
176 Lincoln Village 1,031 $138,600 $62,073
177 Georgetown Place 484 $150,300 $65,703
178 Winterset 196 $118,100 $67,794
179 Glens Of Liberty Mill 300 $149,500 $81,719
180 Kekionga Shores 313 $144,800 $75,057
181 Shores Of Oakborough 201 $148,000 $71,840
182 Northwood Park 160 $144,400 $66,250
183 Centaur Acres 167 $181,100 $65,694
184 Lake Forest 560 $131,900 $67,656
185 Inverness Hills 139 $239,200 $65,284
186 Haverhill 914 $137,600 $69,531
187 Blackhawk 1,076 $124,900 $61,642
188 Winterfield 266 $148,000 $71,840
189 Inverness Lakes 355 $210,150 $65,489
190 Windsor Woods 270 $212,400 $84,688
191 Eagle Lake 259 $212,400 $84,688
192 Aboite Meadows 483 $161,650 $82,344
193 Candelite Park 195 $167,600 $79,063
194 Wheatridge 249 $144,400 $66,250
195 Lake Forest Extended 418 $113,500 $69,608
196 Westchester Ridge 216 $167,600 $79,063
197 Woodmont 479 $212,400 $84,688
198 Wildwood Park 377 $204,800 $40,089
199 Timber Lake-Covington Woods 518 $174,350 $72,378
200 Pine Valley 2,030 $170,850 $88,238
201 La Cabreah 552 $212,400 $84,688
202 Oakborough 459 $148,000 $71,840
203 Longwood 265 $158,900 $81,731
204 Copper Hill 507 $148,000 $71,840
205 Deerfield Estates 351 $167,600 $79,063
206 Shores Of Rock Creek 549 $167,600 $79,063