These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Grand Rapids For 2018


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Grand Rapids that are the real pits.

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Worst Neighborhoods In Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids’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 Grand Rapids.

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 Grand Rapids. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

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

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

We examined 32 of Grand Rapids’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Grand Rapids’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Grand Rapids according to data:

  1. South East Community
  2. Black Hills
  3. Madison Area
  4. Roosevelt Park
  5. Oakdale
  6. South Hill
  7. Garfield Park
  8. Fuller Avenue
  9. John Ball Park
  10. Baxter

Read on to see how we determined the places around Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids:

  • 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 Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Grand Rapids to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 32 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. South East Community

Population: 3,730
Median Income: $27,548
Median Home Value: $69,633

2. Black Hills

Population: 485
Median Income: $19,750
Median Home Value: $56,400

3. Madison Area

Population: 3,359
Median Income: $27,666
Median Home Value: $68,600

4. Roosevelt Park

Population: 6,095
Median Income: $30,941
Median Home Value: $55,280

5. Oakdale

Population: 2,069
Median Income: $33,354
Median Home Value: $80,075

6. South Hill

Population: 897
Median Income: $33,320
Median Home Value: $86,250

7. Garfield Park

Population: 15,811
Median Income: $34,687
Median Home Value: $70,556

8. Fuller Avenue

Population: 1,998
Median Income: $38,278
Median Home Value: $93,825

9. John Ball Park

Population: 3,813
Median Income: $46,952
Median Home Value: $86,700

10. Baxter

Population: 2,652
Median Income: $27,484
Median Home Value: $90,067

The ‘hoods around Grand Rapids that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Grand Rapids with South East Community landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Grand Rapids aren’t all bad. Ridgemoor takes the cake as the best place to live in Grand Rapids.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Grand Rapids Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 South East Community 3,730 $27,548 $69,633
2 Black Hills 485 $19,750 $56,400
3 Madison Area 3,359 $27,666 $68,600
4 Roosevelt Park 6,095 $30,941 $55,280
5 Oakdale 2,069 $33,354 $80,075
6 South Hill 897 $33,320 $86,250
7 Garfield Park 15,811 $34,687 $70,556
8 Fuller Avenue 1,998 $38,278 $93,825
9 John Ball Park 3,813 $46,952 $86,700
10 Baxter 2,652 $27,484 $90,067
11 West Grand 15,784 $39,058 $90,344
12 South East End 5,170 $41,660 $93,214
13 Highland Park 3,539 $40,304 $80,500
14 Heartside 2,847 $28,175 $159,883
15 Auburn Hill 187 $45,071 $116,900
16 Swan 4,806 $45,672 $93,314
17 Eastgate 1,903 $53,014 $114,933
18 Alger Heights 3,984 $48,994 $102,750
19 Creston 24,483 $45,410 $105,833
20 Midtown 3,968 $34,520 $94,750
21 Fulton Heights 1,146 $56,905 $118,500
22 Belknap Lookout 5,120 $37,780 $136,100
23 Ottawa Hills 803 $54,420 $146,150
24 Cherry Run 694 $58,043 $124,750
25 Heritage Hill 3,295 $35,529 $155,350
26 Millbrook 5,378 $43,321 $101,380
27 Norteast Citizens Action 10,830 $51,769 $147,625
28 Westside Connection 12,009 $53,025 $126,533
29 East Hills 3,441 $41,754 $127,950
30 Michgan Oaks 1,625 $56,875 $173,700
31 Eastown 5,254 $57,108 $145,125
32 Ridgemoor 2,586 $70,660 $168,400

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