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 places don’t quite measure up to Fort Wayne’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Fort Wayne according to data:

  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.

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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.

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

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

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