THE 10 WORST Neighborhoods In Indianapolis For 2020


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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis’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 Indianapolis.

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 Indianapolis. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

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

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

We examined 26 of Indianapolis’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Indianapolis’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Indianapolis according to data:

  1. West Indianapolis
  2. Pogue’s Run
  3. Reserve at Spring Mill
  4. Bos
  5. Cornerstone Place
  6. United Northeast
  7. Orchard Estates
  8. Lexington Farms
  9. United Northwest
  10. Near North

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Indianapolis for 2020? According to the most recent census data, West Indianapolis looks to be the worst neighborhood in Indianapolis.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis.

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Indianapolis For 2020

1. West Indianapolis

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

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Population: 16,238
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $53,428 (1st worst)
Median Income: $30,536 (7th worst)

2. Pogue’s Run

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

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Population: 370
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $157,128 (15th worst)
Median Income: $35,354 (11th worst)

3. Reserve At Spring Mill

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

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Population: 56
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $204,420 (18th worst)
Median Income: $140,861 (26th worst)

4. Bos

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

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Population: 4,853
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $76,140 (6th worst)
Median Income: $20,135 (2nd worst)

5. Cornerstone Place

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

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Population: 30
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $218,130 (21st worst)
Median Income: $77,256 (24th worst)

6. United Northeast

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

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Population: 30,609
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $76,454 (7th worst)
Median Income: $26,548 (5th worst)

7. Orchard Estates

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

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Population: 24
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $243,046 (24th worst)
Median Income: $91,552 (25th worst)

8. Lexington Farms

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

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Population: 276
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $243,046 (24th worst)
Median Income: $68,727 (22nd worst)

9. United Northwest

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

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Population: 18,138
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $64,058 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $28,850 (6th worst)

10. Near North

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

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Population: 5,352
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $71,996 (4th worst)
Median Income: $39,330 (13th worst)

How we determined the worst Indianapolis hoods in 2020

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 Indianapolis:

  • 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 Indianapolis, Indiana 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 Indianapolis.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Indianapolis to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 26 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.

The ‘hoods around Indianapolis that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Indianapolis with West Indianapolis landing at the bottom of the pack.

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

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

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Indianapolis For 2020?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 West Indianapolis 16,238 $53,428 $30,536
2 Pogue’s Run 370 $157,128 $35,354
3 Reserve At Spring Mill 56 $204,420 $140,861
4 Bos 4,853 $76,140 $20,135
5 Cornerstone Place 30 $218,130 $77,256
6 United Northeast 30,609 $76,454 $26,548
7 Orchard Estates 24 $243,046 $91,552
8 Lexington Farms 276 $243,046 $68,727
9 United Northwest 18,138 $64,058 $28,850
10 Near North 5,352 $71,996 $39,330
11 Green Pastures 6 $218,130 $66,250
12 Concord 199 $122,226 $378
13 Meridian Meadows 54 $218,130 $66,250
14 Foxwood 7 $201,083 $71,339
15 Westside 27,239 $61,476 $31,634
16 Far Eastside 11,421 $85,365 $44,605
17 Irvington 5,534 $136,339 $50,475
18 Indy East 43,511 $73,301 $32,375
19 Southeast 26,972 $78,282 $31,306
20 Martindale 10,141 $77,593 $24,851
21 Kingpark 10,091 $193,161 $41,700
22 Mapelton 8,280 $151,149 $41,727
23 Fountain Square 450 $107,135 $24,006
24 Lockerble Square 978 $419,768 $35,767
25 Fletcher Place 2,888 $216,744 $63,442
26 Riley 20,609 $417,719 $46,378