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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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 ten places don’t quite measure up to Grand Rapids’s reputation:

  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.

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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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.

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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

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

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