THE 10 WORST Neighborhoods In Fresno For 2020

We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Fresno 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 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Fresno.
Worst Neighborhoods In Fresno

Fresno’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 Fresno.

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 Fresno. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

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

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Fresno hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Fresno area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although North Growth Area ranks way above the rest.

We examined 12 of Fresno’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Fresno’s reputation.

Here are the 5 worst neighborhoods in Fresno according to data:

  1. Edison
  2. Central
  3. Fresno-High
  4. Mclane
  5. Roosevelt

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Fresno for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Edison looks to be the worst neighborhood in Fresno.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Fresno 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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The 5 Worst Neighborhoods In Fresno For 2020

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Population: 25,638
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $117,821 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $29,118 (2nd worst)
More on Edison:  Data

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Population: 14,052
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $83,256 (1st worst)
Median Income: $22,711 (1st worst)
More on Central:  Data

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Population: 56,759
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $127,194 (5th worst)
Median Income: $35,850 (4th worst)
More on Fresno-High:  Data

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Population: 56,716
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $125,893 (4th worst)
Median Income: $37,406 (5th worst)
More on Mclane:  Data

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Population: 128,345
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $119,763 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $34,276 (3rd worst)
More on Roosevelt:  Data

How we determined the worst Fresno hoods in 2020

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 Fresno:

  • 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 Fresno, California 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 Fresno.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Fresno to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 12 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 Fresno that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Fresno with Edison landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Fresno aren’t all bad. North Growth Area takes the cake as the best place to live in Fresno.

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

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Fresno For 2020?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Edison 25,638 $117,821 $29,118
2 Central 14,052 $83,256 $22,711
3 Fresno-High 56,759 $127,194 $35,850
4 Mclane 56,716 $125,893 $37,406
5 Roosevelt 128,345 $119,763 $34,276
6 West 53,891 $135,725 $42,317
7 Hoover 55,566 $149,084 $45,225
8 Southeast Growth Area 6,677 $292,050 $69,536
9 South Growth Area 3,848 $201,550 $66,411
10 Bullard 100,730 $243,068 $63,516
11 Woodward Park 58,752 $276,362 $78,412
12 North Growth Area 2,295 $392,800 $89,000