The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Grand Rapids, MI

The most dangerous and worst Grand Rapids neighborhoods are Black Hills and South East Community for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Worst Neighborhoods In Grand Rapids
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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 Michigan thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Grand Rapids. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.

So the question arises, which Grand Rapids neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science 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 Millbrook ranks way above the rest.

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

Table Of Contents: Top 10 | Methodology | Summary | Table

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Grand Rapids For 2024

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

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Grand Rapids for 2024? According to the most recent census data, Black Hills looks to be the worst neighborhood in Grand Rapids.

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.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Grand Rapids For 2024

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 590
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 3,294
Property Crime Per 100k: 6,698
Median Home Value: $65,100 (worst)
Median Income: $49,188 (9th worst)
More on Black Hills:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 4,161
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 3,335
Property Crime Per 100k: 7,780
Median Home Value: $121,911 (8th worst)
Median Income: $36,130 (2nd worst)
More on South East Community:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 6,380
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 946
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,153
Median Home Value: $90,740 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $40,341 (4th worst)
More on Roosevelt Park:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,354
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,559
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,508
Median Home Value: $112,833 (6th worst)
Median Income: $44,480 (6th worst)
More on Oakdale:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 3,424
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 967
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,320
Median Home Value: $98,940 (4th worst)
Median Income: $37,390 (3rd worst)
More on Madison Area:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 213
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,122
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,693
Median Home Value: $158,400 (15th worst)
Median Income: $35,821 (worst)
More on Auburn Hill:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,019
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 686
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,579
Median Home Value: $108,150 (5th worst)
Median Income: $53,517 (16th worst)
More on Fuller Avenue:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 16,637
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,223
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,565
Median Home Value: $137,400 (12th worst)
Median Income: $46,842 (8th worst)
More on West Grand:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 899
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,290
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,974
Median Home Value: $207,300 (25th worst)
Median Income: $46,503 (7th worst)
More on South Hill:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 3,599
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 717
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,190
Median Home Value: $121,400 (7th worst)
Median Income: $51,944 (14th worst)
More on John Ball Park:  Data

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Grand Rapids neighborhoods in 2024

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 plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Grand Rapids:

  • High crime (Estimated)
  • 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)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criterion into a “Worst Score.”

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Grand Rapids.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2024. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Grand Rapids.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 32 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Grand Rapids

Well, there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Grand Rapids with Black Hills landing at the bottom of the pack.

The worst neighborhoods in Grand Rapids are Black Hills, South East Community, Roosevelt Park, Oakdale, Madison Area, Auburn Hill, Fuller Avenue, West Grand, South Hill, and John Ball Park.

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

The best neighborhoods in Grand Rapids are Millbrook, Ottawa Hills, East Hills, Eastown, and Ridgemoor.

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

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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Grand Rapids For 2024?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Black Hills 590 $65,100 $49,188
2 South East Community 4,161 $121,911 $36,130
3 Roosevelt Park 6,380 $90,740 $40,341
4 Oakdale 2,354 $112,833 $44,480
5 Madison Area 3,424 $98,940 $37,390
6 Auburn Hill 213 $158,400 $35,821
7 Fuller Avenue 2,019 $108,150 $53,517
8 West Grand 16,637 $137,400 $46,842
9 South Hill 899 $207,300 $46,503
10 John Ball Park 3,599 $121,400 $51,944
11 Garfield Park 17,372 $94,325 $50,192
12 Swan 5,037 $173,950 $49,516
13 South East End 4,401 $142,933 $51,873
14 Heartside 3,513 $256,700 $41,543
15 Baxter 2,872 $134,267 $57,251
16 Alger Heights 4,344 $136,233 $57,904
17 Belknap Lookout 4,731 $217,267 $54,761
18 Highland Park 3,324 $131,500 $56,041
19 Heritage Hill 3,739 $238,709 $50,454
20 Midtown 3,870 $186,875 $52,263
21 Creston 26,114 $150,367 $59,171
22 Norteast Citizens Action 11,383 $213,238 $72,959
23 Fulton Heights 1,034 $180,800 $88,668
24 Eastgate 701 $179,400 $69,995
25 Cherry Run 739 $163,000 $76,768
26 Michgan Oaks 1,776 $178,800 $67,069
27 Westside Connection 11,928 $169,860 $67,886
28 Ridgemoor 2,640 $237,600 $68,114
29 Eastown 4,843 $248,925 $78,280
30 East Hills 3,683 $175,650 $58,922
31 Ottawa Hills 800 $333,700 $70,679
32 Millbrook 6,637 $188,000 $70,289
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.