The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Indianapolis, IN

The most dangerous and worst Indianapolis neighborhoods are Bos and Concord for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

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

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

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

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

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Indianapolis For 2023

  1. Bos
  2. Concord
  3. Foxwood
  4. Far Eastside
  5. Near North
  6. West Indianapolis
  7. Martindale
  8. United Northeast
  9. United Northwest
  10. Westside

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Indianapolis for 2023? According to the most recent census data, Bos 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.

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

The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Indianapolis For 2023

1. Bos

Population: 4,853

Median Home Value: $76,140 (6th worst)
Median Income: $20,135 (2nd worst)

2. Concord

Population: 199

Median Home Value: $122,226 (12th worst)
Median Income: $378 (worst)

3. Foxwood

Population: 7

Median Home Value: $201,083 (17th worst)
Median Income: $71,339 (23rd worst)

4. Far Eastside

Population: 11,421

Median Home Value: $85,365 (10th worst)
Median Income: $44,605 (16th worst)

5. Near North

Population: 5,352

Median Home Value: $71,996 (4th worst)
Median Income: $39,330 (13th worst)

6. West Indianapolis

Population: 16,238

Median Home Value: $53,428 (worst)
Median Income: $30,536 (7th worst)

7. Martindale

Population: 10,141

Median Home Value: $77,593 (8th worst)
Median Income: $24,851 (4th worst)

8. United Northeast

Population: 30,609

Median Home Value: $76,454 (7th worst)
Median Income: $26,548 (5th worst)

9. United Northwest

Population: 18,138

Median Home Value: $64,058 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $28,850 (6th worst)

10. Westside

Population: 27,239

Median Home Value: $61,476 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $31,634 (9th worst)

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Indianapolis neighborhoods in 2023

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 Indianapolis:

  • 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 Indianapolis, Indiana 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 Indianapolis.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2023. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Indianapolis.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 26 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Indianapolis

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

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Indianapolis aren’t all bad. Lockerble Square 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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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Indianapolis For 2023?

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

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