The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Fort Worth For 2022

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

Fort Worth'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 Worth.

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

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

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

We examined 16 of Fort Worth's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Fort Worth's reputation.

The Worst Neighborhoods In Fort Worth For 2022

  1. South East
  2. Northeast
  3. Northside
  4. Southside
  5. Sycamore

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Fort Worth for 2022? According to the most recent census data, South East looks to be the worst neighborhood in Fort Worth.

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

For more Texas reading, check out:

Worst Neighborhoods In Fort Worth

The 5 Worst Neighborhoods In Fort Worth For 2022

As you'd expect, this section lies southeast of downtown. No surprises there. It also borders Lake Arlington...maybe a little surprise if you were expecting an unbroken urban landscape. Don't get too excited, won't find any sprawling waterfront estates. Rather, you're more likely to discover trailers down by the water.

A substantial poverty problem drags this community down. The unemployment rate isn't horrible at 5.9%. However, wages remain low, with a median income sitting at $31,691. At least the cost of living stays affordable. This starts with housing prices, with a median home value of $53,724.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 59,810
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $53,724 (worst)
Median Income: $31,691 (worst)
More on South East:  Data

I-35 provides the main traffic artery for Northeast Fort Worth. You'll also find major thruways on E. Belknap St. and the blandly named Airport Freeway. However, despite these major highways, the neighborhood isn't just a web of asphalt. You also get touches of nature in places like Riverside Park, which sits along the West Fork Trinity River.

Still, life in the area isn't a preverbal walk in the park. Serious financial concerns dog most of the residents. The jobless rate hovers at a respectable levels, but the median income only reaches $40,654.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 38,197
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $73,740 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $40,654 (4th worst)
More on Northeast:  Data

A neighborhood with a spot called Rodeo Park should be a wild ride. And, to add to the excitement, the Texas Cowboy Hall Of Fame sits just outside the area. These features complement a host of restaurants and stores...basically all the amenities a resident could want.

There's a problem though. The local economy is a tough bronco to break. The unemployment rate stands at a respectable 4.2%. However, it's tough to find a job in the area that pays more than $40,000. In fact, the local median income reaches just $37,189.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 44,752
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $68,951 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $37,189 (2nd worst)
More on Northside:  Data

Yes, Southside ranks as the number 4 worst part of Fort Worth for 2022. But, even so, it really has a lot going for it. You've got plenty of amenities, including Glenwood Park for daytime walks and a hip area of bars and restaurants just over the I-35 in a neighborhood conveniently known as "Near Southside." The area also has a clear community spirit, as evidenced by the Lenora Butler Rolla Museum.

Yet, it's hard to ignore the hardships the area faces as well. As you've probably guessed based on the rest of this list, economic troubles hamper the neighborhood's progress. For example, Southside supports a median income of just $37,624.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 56,682
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $83,117 (4th worst)
Median Income: $37,624 (3rd worst)
More on Southside:  Data

Scroll around these worst-neighborhood lists and you'll find some areas of overwhelming poverty and urban blight. Things can get pretty scary. Sycamore isn't one of those seemingly hopeless locations. Still, a sluggish economy lands it at number 4 on this list of worst areas of Fort Worth in 2022.

Sycamore has an elevated unemployment rate of 5.4%. Finding work isn't a cinch, but the jobless figure is far from devastating. Similarly, the median income sits at the unremarkable level of $44,497. Not great, of course, but not the depths of destitution either.

Meanwhile, neighborhood real estate values remain within the means of most locals. The median home value stands at $85,861.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 40,126
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $85,861 (5th worst)
Median Income: $44,497 (5th worst)
More on Sycamore:  Data

Methodology: How we determined the worst Fort Worth neighborhoods in 2022

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 Worth:

  • 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 Worth, Texas 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 Worth.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Fort Worth to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 16 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.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Fort Worth

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Fort Worth with South East landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Fort Worth aren't all bad. Tcu-West Cliff takes the cake as the best place to live in Fort Worth.

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

For more Texas reading, check out:

Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Fort Worth For 2022?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 South East 59,810 $53,724 $31,691
2 Northeast 38,197 $73,740 $40,654
3 Northside 44,752 $68,951 $37,189
4 Southside 56,682 $83,117 $37,624
5 Sycamore 40,126 $85,861 $44,497
6 Eastside 95,072 $108,565 $49,038
7 Far South 21,078 $121,521 $64,738
8 Western Hills-Ridglea 43,278 $123,969 $49,146
9 Far West 28,215 $139,380 $69,798
10 Far Northwest 33,891 $135,505 $74,826
11 Wedgwood 86,351 $129,257 $63,590
12 Arlington Heights 30,403 $221,584 $65,522
13 Far North 141,442 $156,796 $83,972
14 Far Southwest 6,790 $223,578 $98,069
15 Downtown 4,481 $146,567 $63,894
16 Tcu-West Cliff 36,649 $258,142 $81,358

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 2022. This is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Fort Worth.
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.