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 ten places don’t quite measure up to Indianapolis’s reputation:
- West Indianapolis
- Pogue’S Run
- Reserve At Spring Mill
- Cornerstone Place
- United Northeast
- Orchard Estates
- Lexington Farms
- United Northwest
- Near North
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.
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How we determined the worst Indianapolis 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 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 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.
1. West Indianapolis
Median Income: $30,536
Median Home Value: $53,428
2. Pogue’S Run
Median Income: $35,354
Median Home Value: $157,128
3. Reserve At Spring Mill
Median Income: $140,861
Median Home Value: $204,420
Median Income: $20,135
Median Home Value: $76,140
5. Cornerstone Place
Median Income: $77,256
Median Home Value: $218,130
6. United Northeast
Median Income: $26,548
Median Home Value: $76,454
7. Orchard Estates
Median Income: $91,552
Median Home Value: $243,046
8. Lexington Farms
Median Income: $68,727
Median Home Value: $243,046
9. United Northwest
Median Income: $28,850
Median Home Value: $64,058
10. Near North
Median Income: $39,330
Median Home Value: $71,996
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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Detailed List Of The Worst Indianapolis Neighborhoods
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