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:
- South East Community
- Black Hills
- Madison Area
- Roosevelt Park
- South Hill
- Garfield Park
- Fuller Avenue
- John Ball Park
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
Median Income: $27,548
Median Home Value: $69,633
2. Black Hills
Median Income: $19,750
Median Home Value: $56,400
3. Madison Area
Median Income: $27,666
Median Home Value: $68,600
4. Roosevelt Park
Median Income: $30,941
Median Home Value: $55,280
Median Income: $33,354
Median Home Value: $80,075
6. South Hill
Median Income: $33,320
Median Home Value: $86,250
7. Garfield Park
Median Income: $34,687
Median Home Value: $70,556
8. Fuller Avenue
Median Income: $38,278
Median Home Value: $93,825
9. John Ball Park
Median Income: $46,952
Median Home Value: $86,700
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
|1||South East Community||3,730|
|9||John Ball Park||3,813|
|12||South East End||5,170|
|27||Norteast Citizens Action||10,830|