These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Fort Wayne For 2019


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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live 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 Cherry Hill ranks way above the rest.

We examined 231 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. Branning Hills
  4. Oakland Park
  5. Suburan Heights
  6. Memorial Park
  7. Ferndale
  8. Poplar
  9. Vesey
  10. South Suburan

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Fort Wayne for 2019? 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.

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How we determined the worst Fort Wayne 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 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 231 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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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: 5 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $82,100 (60th worst)
Median Income: $11,674 (2nd worst)
More on Branning Hills:  Data

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Population: 99
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $75,300 (50th worst)
Median Income: $25,503 (20th worst)
More on Oakland Park:  Data

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Population: 252
Rank Last Year: 6 (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: 782
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $40,967 (14th worst)
Median Income: $18,175 (4th worst)
More on Memorial Park:  Data

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Population: 208
Rank Last Year: 41 (Up 34)
Median Home Value: $72,900 (43rd worst)
Median Income: $11,426 (1st worst)
More on Ferndale:  Data

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Population: 564
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $29,900 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $19,034 (6th worst)
More on Poplar:  Data

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Population: 539
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $47,500 (17th worst)
Median Income: $32,117 (38th worst)
More on Vesey:  Data

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Population: 1,869
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $54,433 (25th worst)
Median Income: $22,344 (11th worst)
More on South Suburan:  Data

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. Cherry Hill 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 Neighborhoods To Live In Fort Wayne For 2019

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 Oakland Park 99 $75,300 $25,503
5 Suburan Heights 252 $45,600 $22,034
6 Memorial Park 782 $40,967 $18,175
7 Ferndale 208 $72,900 $11,426
8 Poplar 564 $29,900 $19,034
9 Vesey 539 $47,500 $32,117
10 South Suburan 1,869 $54,433 $22,344
11 Greater Mcmillen Park 889 $38,100 $23,880
12 East Side 1,103 $27,600 $24,063
13 Mount Vernon Park 790 $45,600 $22,034
14 Hoagland Masterson 699 $49,700 $22,038
15 Michigan Avenue 579 $40,633 $25,938
16 Larez 1,529 $35,300 $21,159
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 Taylor Street 365 $81,800 $43,819
22 Creighton Home 1,045 $39,400 $27,558
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 Hickory Grove 210 $88,400 $28,507
29 Oxford 5,055 $40,543 $26,664
30 Rolling Rose 410 $62,800 $29,250
31 Casselwood Terrace 235 $88,400 $28,507
32 Village Green 92 $81,500 $52,722
33 Broad River 1,393 $53,033 $32,236
34 Five Points 1,329 $69,633 $36,189
35 Summerfield 395 $83,600 $41,317
36 South Calhoun Place 184 $54,300 $38,289
37 Nebraska 1,696 $55,750 $34,251
38 Rudisill-Plaza 274 $47,900 $29,821
39 Spy Run 1,492 $53,550 $29,036
40 Williams-Woodland Park 758 $71,950 $29,356
41 Elmhurst 204 $89,100 $43,835
42 Belle Vista 222 $89,100 $43,835
43 West Central 3,775 $71,260 $25,504
44 Morningside Terrace 223 $65,100 $30,471
45 Bloomingdale 3,180 $51,325 $34,898
46 Colonial Heritage 162 $81,500 $52,722
47 Maysville Heights 285 $82,700 $18,750
48 Crestwood Colony 1,033 $83,600 $41,317
49 Kingston Park 103 $122,700 $35,678
50 Sand Point 607 $84,350 $37,052
51 Fairfield Terrace-Belmont 1,149 $67,900 $38,548
52 Sawmill Woods 397 $86,000 $34,416
53 Hamilton 2,826 $58,060 $35,688
54 Lafayette Place 596 $54,300 $38,289
55 Tower Heights 370 $83,300 $37,000
56 North Franke Park 485 $86,900 $35,536
57 Williams Park 772 $33,100 $17,824
58 Audubon Park 81 $90,600 $49,000
59 Hillcrest 462 $65,100 $30,471
60 Reckeweg Road 373 $90,600 $42,794
61 Southeast Waynedale 375 $82,500 $38,112
62 South Wayne 1,576 $70,000 $43,480
63 Kyle Road 908 $79,600 $30,270
64 Lincoln Park 858 $73,150 $48,416
65 Oakdale 1,872 $73,300 $42,378
66 Countrybrook 153 $90,600 $49,000
67 Kirkwood Park 283 $91,900 $36,538
68 Bellshire 162 $90,600 $49,000
69 Countryside 164 $90,600 $49,000
70 Wyndemere 212 $94,100 $35,266
71 Caribe Colony 29 $99,800 $59,554
72 Avalon Place 704 $82,500 $38,112
73 Sunny Meadows 235 $94,100 $35,266
74 Brentwood Park 773 $85,600 $34,650
75 Somerset Acres 83 $91,800 $45,583
76 Westmoor Park 283 $104,400 $40,022
77 Irvington Park 124 $57,100 $36,780
78 Southwest Waynedale 737 $73,800 $29,510
79 Fairfield 1,643 $61,100 $36,967
80 Village Woods 1,400 $75,200 $42,678
81 Bohde Grove 140 $91,800 $45,583
82 Park State East 215 $90,600 $49,000
83 Interurban Acres 335 $143,300 $41,954
84 Greentree 168 $91,800 $45,583
85 Hazelwood 64 $84,300 $51,313
86 Bridlewood 213 $90,400 $46,250
87 The Hollows 108 $101,400 $53,333
88 North Highlands 1,229 $75,100 $54,784
89 Bellair 380 $83,300 $47,768
90 Eldrado Hills 227 $90,400 $46,250
91 Ranchwood 980 $112,000 $35,082
92 Log Cabin Park 245 $106,800 $50,722
93 North Triangle 252 $57,100 $36,780
94 Southwick Village 1,101 $79,900 $48,875
95 Hoevelwood 391 $79,600 $43,571
96 Greenview 317 $90,400 $46,250
97 Crown Colony 1,398 $79,900 $48,875
98 Lofton Woods 339 $111,900 $49,375
99 Harrison Hill 528 $74,850 $47,420
100 Springwood-Orchard Woods 574 $91,500 $47,028
101 Westwood-Fairway 1,019 $111,600 $36,513
102 Cambridge Oaks 196 $102,200 $55,298
103 Frances Slocum 2,501 $83,820 $45,608
104 Monarch Park 402 $111,900 $49,375
105 Lakes Of Buckingham 222 $101,400 $53,333
106 Mill Ridge Place 106 $124,400 $61,172
107 Bass-Leesburg 1,549 $113,575 $49,201
108 Glenwood Park 1,190 $116,550 $43,776
109 Summit Ridge 234 $101,400 $53,333
110 Burnham Woods 64 $143,800 $43,750
111 Old Trail 700 $69,900 $41,513
112 Fairmont 618 $86,800 $48,079
113 Auburn Farms 102 $132,800 $57,896
114 Illsley Place 70 $96,500 $49,519
115 Maplewood Terrace And Downs 665 $104,600 $51,321
116 Becketts Run 116 $132,800 $57,896
117 New Kirkwood Park 201 $84,300 $51,313
118 Brookside-Parkerdale 736 $90,400 $46,250
119 Maplewood Gardens 207 $105,000 $57,826
120 Parkview 1,076 $96,400 $41,250
121 Willshire Estates 219 $105,000 $57,826
122 Statewood Park 396 $101,400 $53,333
123 Northside 6,424 $87,700 $50,693
124 Camelot 240 $105,000 $57,826
125 Village Of Buckingham 436 $101,400 $53,333
126 Eldorado Hills 164 $128,600 $57,222
127 Wedgewood Place 198 $121,800 $70,509
128 Lakewood Park 322 $113,700 $56,985
129 Falls Of Beaver Creek 147 $154,300 $52,679
130 Sherwood To Pettit 494 $81,000 $53,636
131 Maplewood Park 940 $102,200 $55,298
132 Manor Park 254 $132,800 $57,896
133 Woodhurst 227 $125,500 $51,500
134 Wallen Chase 264 $132,800 $57,896
135 Newfield 87 $112,300 $61,667
136 North Anthony Area 1,909 $93,033 $57,454
137 Jonathon Oaks 269 $121,800 $70,509
138 Saint Marys River 394 $113,700 $56,985
139 Oakhurst 459 $105,000 $57,826
140 Breconshire 99 $118,200 $37,250
141 Abby Place 178 $154,300 $52,679
142 Tanbark Trails 250 $105,900 $64,410
143 Greenfield 120 $97,500 $61,838
144 Bullerman Park Forest 627 $105,000 $57,826
145 Waterswolde 289 $128,600 $57,222
146 Concord Hills 302 $105,900 $64,410
147 Kern Valley Meadows 229 $130,500 $62,969
148 Hearthstone 178 $123,000 $62,226
149 Brandonwood 141 $97,500 $61,838
150 Foster Park 320 $96,500 $49,519
151 New Glenwood 1,269 $113,900 $56,104
152 Walden 1,274 $113,900 $56,104
153 Kensington Downs 387 $130,500 $62,969
154 The Knolls 143 $113,500 $69,608
155 Old Brook Farm 170 $97,500 $61,838
156 Hillsboro 496 $121,800 $70,509
157 Brookside Park 187 $97,500 $61,838
158 Lake Pointe Villas 120 $158,500 $80,227
159 Lakeshores 483 $115,900 $62,390
160 Chandlers Landing 272 $146,100 $74,413
161 Plantation Of Aboite 98 $144,800 $75,057
162 Shorewood 751 $157,700 $75,688
163 Forest Park Boulevard 484 $102,400 $65,835
164 Saratoga Park 109 $144,800 $75,057
165 Millstone 408 $123,000 $62,226
166 Woodlands Of Riverside 326 $129,300 $45,882
167 Sunset 120 $120,800 $69,688
168 Centerhurst 340 $97,500 $61,838
169 Westlawn 856 $154,300 $52,679
170 Liberty Hills West 132 $144,800 $75,057
171 Paper Mill Bluffs 394 $129,300 $45,882
172 Sheffield Woods 119 $149,500 $81,719
173 Aboite Lake Estates 213 $137,600 $69,531
174 Shores Of Oakborough 201 $148,000 $71,840
175 Aldale Acres 216 $153,200 $64,234
176 Liberty Hill 184 $144,800 $75,057
177 Blackhawk Forest 316 $124,900 $61,642
178 Blackhawk Farms 334 $124,900 $61,642
179 Aspen Village 205 $175,300 $92,847
180 Coves At West Lakes 209 $175,300 $92,847
181 Southwood Park 1,544 $102,967 $57,366
182 Winterfield 266 $148,000 $71,840
183 Valley Park Forest 338 $150,300 $65,703
184 Lake Forest Extended 418 $113,500 $69,608
185 Rolling Hills 240 $149,500 $81,719
186 Forest Ridge Estates 258 $149,500 $81,719
187 Lincoln Village 1,031 $138,600 $62,073
188 Winterset 196 $118,100 $67,794
189 Georgetown Place 484 $150,300 $65,703
190 West Lakes 314 $175,300 $92,847
191 Brierwood Hills 159 $145,200 $65,469
192 Kekionga Shores 313 $144,800 $75,057
193 Glens Of Liberty Mill 300 $149,500 $81,719
194 Lake Forest 560 $131,900 $67,656
195 Burning Tree 226 $183,200 $96,250
196 Northwood Park 160 $144,400 $66,250
197 Centaur Acres 167 $181,100 $65,694
198 Whispering Meadows 733 $151,000 $86,063
199 Blackhawk 1,076 $124,900 $61,642
200 Haverhill 914 $137,600 $69,531
201 Oakborough 459 $148,000 $71,840
202 Inverness Hills 139 $239,200 $65,284
203 Copper Hill 507 $148,000 $71,840
204 Candelite Park 195 $167,600 $79,063
205 Eagle Lake 259 $212,400 $84,688
206 Aboite Meadows 483 $161,650 $82,344
207 Inverness Lakes 355 $210,150 $65,489
208 Tamarak 374 $101,900 $87,315
209 Windsor Woods 270 $212,400 $84,688
210 Still Water Place 281 $164,500 $75,786
211 Timber Lake-Covington Woods 518 $174,350 $72,378
212 Wheatridge 249 $144,400 $66,250
213 Blum 422 $101,900 $87,315
214 Imperial Gardens 724 $120,800 $69,688
215 Westchester Ridge 216 $167,600 $79,063
216 North Pointe Woods 70 $171,000 $90,417
217 Woodland Lake 217 $221,600 $103,790
218 Wildwood Park 377 $204,800 $40,089
219 Pine Valley 2,030 $170,850 $88,238
220 Longwood 265 $158,900 $81,731
221 Woodmont 479 $212,400 $84,688
222 Deerfield Estates 351 $167,600 $79,063
223 La Cabreah 552 $212,400 $84,688
224 Westchester Lakes 78 $347,500 $113,750
225 Westchester Glens 80 $347,500 $113,750
226 Eagle Creek 187 $237,000 $128,032
227 Bittersweet Lakes 257 $237,000 $128,032
228 Arlington Park 2,590 $144,750 $77,604
229 Shores Of Rock Creek 549 $167,600 $79,063
230 Sycamore Hills 437 $347,500 $113,750
231 Cherry Hill 1,099 $164,500 $75,786

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