Glendale’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 Glendale.
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 Glendale. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Glendale neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Glendale hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Glendale area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although El Miradero ranks way above the rest.
We examined 37 of Glendale’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Glendale’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Glendale according to data:
- Pacific Edison
- City Center
- Grand Central
- Fremont Park
- Riverside Rancho
- Adams Hill
So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Glendale for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Tropico looks to be the worst neighborhood in Glendale.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Glendale 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 Glendale.
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How we determined the worst Glendale 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 Glendale:
- 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 Glendale, 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 Glendale.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Glendale to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 37 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.
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $237,443 (1st worst)
Median Income: $38,550 (2nd worst)
More on Tropico: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $288,917 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $39,474 (3rd worst)
More on Pacific Edison: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $332,058 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $45,744 (5th worst)
More on City Center: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $399,275 (6th worst)
Median Income: $49,117 (7th worst)
More on Grand Central: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $437,250 (10th worst)
Median Income: $56,586 (13th worst)
More on Fremont Park: Data
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $522,500 (14th worst)
Median Income: $53,759 (11th worst)
More on Riverside Rancho: Data
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $486,178 (12th worst)
Median Income: $65,425 (14th worst)
More on Adams Hill: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $370,771 (4th worst)
Median Income: $36,906 (1st worst)
More on Mariposa: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $513,900 (13th worst)
Median Income: $47,649 (6th worst)
More on Somerset: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $458,956 (11th worst)
Median Income: $52,697 (10th worst)
More on Grandview: Data
The ‘hoods around Glendale that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Glendale with Tropico landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Glendale aren’t all bad. El Miradero takes the cake as the best place to live in Glendale.
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 Glendale For 2019
|21||Montrose Verdugo City||7,265|
|22||San Gabriel Mountains||1,083|
|27||San Rafael Hills||1,580|
|30||Rancho San Rafael||823|