These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Fort Wayne For 2018


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

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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 Arlington Park ranks way above the rest.

We examined 233 of Fort Wayne’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Fort Wayne’s reputation:

  1. Highland Park Forest
  2. Harvester
  3. Chapel Oaks
  4. Memorial Park
  5. Branning Hills
  6. Suburan Heights
  7. Oakland Park
  8. South Suburan
  9. East Central
  10. East Side

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.

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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How we determined the worst Fort Wayne 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 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 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 233 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.

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1. Highland Park Forest

Population: 65
Median Income: $21,275
Median Home Value: $58,900

2. Harvester

Population: 379
Median Income: $24,750
Median Home Value: $38,800

3. Chapel Oaks

Population: 157
Median Income: $13,388
Median Home Value: $34,500

4. Memorial Park

Population: 778
Median Income: $22,722
Median Home Value: $46,033

5. Branning Hills

Population: 214
Median Income: $12,340
Median Home Value: $88,600

6. Suburan Heights

Population: 283
Median Income: $23,607
Median Home Value: $39,800

7. Oakland Park

Population: 119
Median Income: $25,158
Median Home Value: $83,200

8. South Suburan

Population: 1,616
Median Income: $18,039
Median Home Value: $50,267

9. East Central

Population: 2,494
Median Income: $23,791
Median Home Value: $32,420

10. East Side

Population: 1,018
Median Income: $25,489
Median Home Value: $29,900

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. Arlington Park 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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Detailed List Of The Worst Fort Wayne Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Highland Park Forest 1 65 $21,275 $58,900
Harvester 2 379 $24,750 $38,800
Chapel Oaks 3 157 $13,388 $34,500
Memorial Park 4 778 $22,722 $46,033
Branning Hills 5 214 $12,340 $88,600
Suburan Heights 6 283 $23,607 $39,800
Oakland Park 7 119 $25,158 $83,200
South Suburan 8 1,616 $18,039 $50,267
East Central 9 2,494 $23,791 $32,420
East Side 10 1,018 $25,489 $29,900
Vesey 11 512 $29,300 $52,000
Poplar 12 489 $24,979 $35,350
Hanna-Creighton 13 1,367 $20,003 $40,300
Larez 14 1,409 $18,402 $34,600
Westfield 15 1,173 $32,893 $67,200
South Calhoun Place 16 203 $27,663 $56,000
Greater Mcmillen Park 17 1,036 $26,104 $46,200
Mount Vernon Park 18 886 $23,607 $39,800
Pettit-Rudisill 19 5,199 $21,481 $42,929
Oxford 20 5,084 $23,889 $43,457
Hoagland Masterson 21 519 $29,278 $51,800
Brookview 22 750 $27,763 $51,300
Rolling Rose 23 421 $28,321 $68,100
Elmhurst 24 166 $42,250 $75,700
Michigan Avenue 25 605 $22,700 $43,567
North Sherwood Terrace And Silver Maples 26 195 $41,806 $82,300
Broad River 27 1,188 $29,417 $51,333
Belle Vista 28 181 $42,250 $75,700
Spy Run 29 1,292 $25,744 $52,300
Taylor Street 30 357 $36,486 $82,400
Continental Park 31 166 $27,548 $84,200
Creighton Home 32 728 $24,263 $38,633
Five Points 33 1,199 $36,893 $71,567
Hickory Grove 34 178 $27,548 $84,200
Anthony Wayne 35 825 $19,288 $48,350
Pontiac Place 36 1,109 $31,754 $48,700
Lafayette Place 37 657 $27,663 $56,000
Victoria Park 38 726 $25,158 $83,200
Rudisill-Plaza 39 234 $30,433 $48,800
Casselwood Terrace 40 200 $27,548 $84,200
Ferndale 41 183 $14,841 $74,600
Nebraska 42 1,631 $36,804 $55,675
Summerfield 43 405 $41,806 $82,300
Maysville Heights 44 293 $17,311 $84,200
Audubon Park 45 74 $47,986 $98,000
Bloomingdale 46 3,557 $32,692 $54,100
Lincoln Park 47 723 $39,436 $77,150
North Franke Park 48 484 $46,875 $83,300
West Central 49 3,850 $27,081 $57,033
Southeast Waynedale 50 361 $36,944 $83,200
Fairfield Terrace-Belmont 51 1,095 $33,824 $66,000
Village Green 52 109 $46,310 $83,100
Countrybrook 53 139 $47,986 $98,000
Bellshire 54 147 $47,986 $98,000
Countryside 55 149 $47,986 $98,000
Westmoor Park 56 267 $36,030 $95,350
Reckeweg Road 57 356 $41,082 $86,900
Tower Heights 58 380 $39,063 $87,600
Crestwood Colony 59 1,059 $41,806 $82,300
Williams-Woodland Park 60 797 $34,484 $61,200
Sand Point 61 556 $41,192 $76,150
South Wayne 62 1,285 $44,618 $70,600
Irvington Park 63 150 $30,800 $58,300
Williams Park 64 674 $20,341 $62,500
Hamilton 65 2,654 $37,082 $59,760
Avalon Place 66 679 $36,944 $83,200
Park State East 67 195 $47,986 $98,000
Bridlewood 68 239 $47,083 $92,300
Oakdale 69 1,732 $45,655 $71,740
Fairfield 70 1,565 $39,842 $61,933
Colonial Heritage 71 193 $46,310 $83,100
Eldrado Hills 72 254 $47,083 $92,300
Somerset Acres 73 81 $50,208 $92,900
Westwood-Fairway 74 994 $39,028 $97,100
Morningside Terrace 75 260 $32,524 $61,800
Kingston Park 76 122 $36,192 $125,500
Greenview 77 356 $47,083 $92,300
Hazelwood 78 57 $41,406 $80,800
Brentwood Park 79 650 $30,893 $83,500
Fairmont 80 594 $41,932 $77,867
Bohde Grove 81 137 $50,208 $92,900
Springwood-Orchard Woods 82 582 $42,695 $81,600
North Triangle 83 303 $30,800 $58,300
Greentree 84 165 $50,208 $92,900
Southwest Waynedale 85 652 $28,419 $78,100
Interurban Acres 86 337 $39,910 $120,600
Lakewood Park 87 329 $43,906 $110,400
Southwick Village 88 822 $45,313 $81,500
Log Cabin Park 89 240 $51,003 $109,050
Illsley Place 90 95 $48,225 $95,500
Hillcrest 91 541 $32,524 $61,800
Tanbark Trails 92 253 $56,483 $99,800
Crown Colony 93 1,043 $45,313 $81,500
Saint Marys River 94 402 $43,906 $110,400
Harrison Hill 95 672 $42,826 $72,400
Village Woods 96 1,323 $44,424 $73,850
Breconshire 97 91 $30,978 $103,800
Northside 98 6,482 $48,150 $83,450
Old Trail 99 880 $40,781 $80,100
Brookside-Parkerdale 100 824 $47,083 $92,300
Concord Hills 101 306 $56,483 $99,800
Bellair 102 410 $37,593 $83,600
North Highlands 103 1,365 $49,136 $77,100
Kirkwood Park 104 359 $38,598 $95,300
Bass-Leesburg 105 1,570 $50,043 $112,700
Caribe Colony 106 23 $53,274 $98,300
Maplewood Gardens 107 166 $60,653 $100,600
Kyle Road 108 872 $40,134 $76,600
New Kirkwood Park 109 181 $41,406 $80,800
North Anthony Area 110 1,771 $55,820 $86,483
Willshire Estates 111 175 $60,653 $100,600
Sawmill Woods 112 304 $40,614 $82,500
Camelot 113 192 $60,653 $100,600
The Hollows 114 97 $56,750 $98,200
Frances Slocum 115 2,701 $42,898 $82,340
Foster Park 116 436 $48,225 $95,500
Sherwood To Pettit 117 661 $53,319 $81,700
Forest Park Boulevard 118 407 $58,463 $94,167
Lakeshores 119 454 $58,130 $120,100
Valley Park Forest 120 341 $37,774 $137,200
Maplewood Terrace And Downs 121 621 $54,205 $99,100
Hoevelwood 122 434 $50,098 $76,300
Lofton Woods 123 379 $50,104 $109,900
Auburn Farms 124 96 $61,033 $136,900
Oakhurst 125 367 $60,653 $100,600
Becketts Run 126 109 $61,033 $136,900
Lakes Of Buckingham 127 201 $56,750 $98,200
Georgetown Place 128 488 $37,774 $137,200
Monarch Park 129 449 $50,104 $109,900
Summit Ridge 130 212 $56,750 $98,200
Southwood Park 131 1,637 $51,733 $97,667
Bullerman Park Forest 132 501 $60,653 $100,600
Cambridge Oaks 133 216 $60,136 $99,200
Wyndemere 134 271 $49,706 $99,600
Glenwood Park 135 1,370 $43,610 $113,300
Newfield 136 73 $58,750 $109,400
Eldorado Hills 137 170 $54,564 $139,200
Sunny Meadows 138 300 $49,706 $99,600
Hearthstone 139 146 $60,485 $120,000
Ranchwood 140 756 $56,136 $109,200
Manor Park 141 239 $61,033 $136,900
Statewood Park 142 358 $56,750 $98,200
Wallen Chase 143 249 $61,033 $136,900
Chandlers Landing 144 244 $71,500 $141,500
Village Of Buckingham 145 394 $56,750 $98,200
Woodlands Of Riverside 146 288 $33,906 $129,600
Falls Of Beaver Creek 147 163 $51,122 $125,800
Kern Valley Meadows 148 241 $61,836 $128,600
Sunset 149 119 $70,817 $124,400
Paper Mill Bluffs 150 347 $33,906 $129,600
Waterswolde 151 300 $54,564 $139,200
Abby Place 152 198 $51,122 $125,800
Parkview 153 787 $39,286 $90,700
Wedgewood Place 154 202 $80,233 $128,900
Kensington Downs 155 406 $61,836 $128,600
Woodhurst 156 179 $66,053 $106,800
Greenfield 157 132 $60,769 $106,600
Maplewood Park 158 1,034 $60,136 $99,200
Millstone 159 335 $60,485 $120,000
Jonathon Oaks 160 275 $80,233 $128,900
Brandonwood 161 154 $60,769 $106,600
Blackhawk Forest 162 336 $60,909 $120,900
Blackhawk Farms 163 355 $60,909 $120,900
Burning Tree 164 176 $60,469 $176,900
Burnham Woods 165 65 $52,303 $147,600
Lake Forest 166 515 $68,262 $124,750
Old Brook Farm 167 186 $60,769 $106,600
Brookside Park 168 204 $60,769 $106,600
Aldale Acres 169 201 $63,153 $148,200
Lake Pointe Villas 170 119 $84,000 $152,100
Hillsboro 171 508 $80,233 $128,900
Shorewood 172 697 $73,636 $155,750
Mill Ridge Place 173 101 $68,466 $129,200
Westlawn 174 949 $51,122 $125,800
Centaur Acres 175 154 $70,031 $170,900
Plantation Of Aboite 176 87 $73,929 $144,800
New Glenwood 177 1,330 $67,722 $115,700
Walden 178 1,330 $67,722 $115,700
Saratoga Park 179 97 $73,929 $144,800
Blackhawk 180 1,144 $60,909 $120,900
Sheffield Woods 181 111 $98,088 $140,200
Shores Of Oakborough 182 216 $72,385 $143,400
Centerhurst 183 372 $60,769 $106,600
Wildwood Park 184 409 $43,333 $158,800
Liberty Hills West 185 117 $73,929 $144,800
Aboite Lake Estates 186 223 $71,563 $136,900
Winterset 187 165 $72,353 $129,800
Imperial Gardens 188 723 $70,817 $124,400
Liberty Hill 189 163 $73,929 $144,800
The Knolls 190 120 $98,750 $112,300
Lincoln Village 191 829 $61,294 $141,700
Winterfield 192 285 $72,385 $143,400
Westchester Lakes 193 79 $113,504 $314,200
Westchester Glens 194 81 $113,504 $314,200
Northwood Park 195 126 $61,555 $146,500
Inverness Lakes 196 305 $68,640 $193,900
Candelite Park 197 222 $73,021 $158,100
Rolling Hills 198 224 $98,088 $140,200
Timber Lake-Covington Woods 199 562 $71,526 $164,500
Forest Ridge Estates 200 240 $98,088 $140,200
North Pointe Woods 201 65 $98,138 $159,500
Westchester Ridge 202 245 $73,021 $158,100
Eagle Creek 203 202 $131,893 $247,000
Eagle Lake 204 248 $85,119 $216,700
Aboite Meadows 205 473 $70,984 $153,400
Windsor Woods 206 259 $85,119 $216,700
Inverness Hills 207 103 $67,250 $216,900
Bittersweet Lakes 208 277 $131,893 $247,000
Still Water Place 209 285 $76,036 $158,600
Aspen Village 210 166 $69,583 $163,400
Oakborough 211 492 $72,385 $143,400
Glens Of Liberty Mill 212 280 $98,088 $140,200
Coves At West Lakes 213 170 $69,583 $163,400
Kekionga Shores 214 277 $73,929 $144,800
Brierwood Hills 215 156 $96,000 $144,700
Sycamore Hills 216 440 $113,504 $314,200
Copper Hill 217 543 $72,385 $143,400
Wheatridge 218 197 $61,555 $146,500
Whispering Meadows 219 677 $82,788 $149,300
Deerfield Estates 220 399 $73,021 $158,100
Woodmont 221 459 $85,119 $216,700
West Lakes 222 255 $69,583 $163,400
Haverhill 223 955 $71,563 $136,900
Pine Valley 224 1,865 $72,234 $164,500
La Cabreah 225 529 $85,119 $216,700
Tamarak 226 271 $84,250 $106,100
Lake Forest Extended 227 350 $98,750 $112,300
Shores Of Rock Creek 228 624 $73,021 $158,100
Longwood 229 337 $67,878 $162,200
Blum 230 312 $84,250 $106,100
Woodland Lake 231 284 $109,973 $218,400
Cherry Hill 232 1,115 $76,036 $158,600
Arlington Park 233 2,582 $75,146 $147,050

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