These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Indianapolis For 2018


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

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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 ten places don’t quite measure up to Indianapolis’s reputation:

  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

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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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.

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1. West Indianapolis

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

Population: 16,238
Median Income: $30,536
Median Home Value: $53,428

2. Pogue’S Run

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

Population: 370
Median Income: $35,354
Median Home Value: $157,128

3. Reserve At Spring Mill

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

Population: 56
Median Income: $140,861
Median Home Value: $204,420

4. Bos

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

Population: 4,853
Median Income: $20,135
Median Home Value: $76,140

5. Cornerstone Place

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

Population: 30
Median Income: $77,256
Median Home Value: $218,130

6. United Northeast

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

Population: 30,609
Median Income: $26,548
Median Home Value: $76,454

7. Orchard Estates

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

Population: 24
Median Income: $91,552
Median Home Value: $243,046

8. Lexington Farms

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

Population: 276
Median Income: $68,727
Median Home Value: $243,046

9. United Northwest

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

Population: 18,138
Median Income: $28,850
Median Home Value: $64,058

10. Near North

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Indianapolis

Population: 5,352
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

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