These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Irvine For 2018


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

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Irvine’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 Irvine.

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

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

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

We examined 24 of Irvine’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Irvine’s reputation.

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

  1. Great Park
  2. Rancho San Joaquin
  3. Business District
  4. Research Park
  5. Uc Irvine
  6. University Town Center
  7. Turtle Ridge
  8. Irvine Health And Science Complex
  9. East Industrial Complex
  10. Spectrum

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

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How we determined the worst Irvine 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 Irvine:

  • 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 Irvine 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 Irvine.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Irvine to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 24 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. Great Park

Population: 168
Median Income: $36,250
Median Home Value: $66,800

2. Rancho San Joaquin

Population: 4,276
Median Income: $40,599
Median Home Value: $178,867

3. Business District

Population: 5,617
Median Income: $73,238
Median Home Value: $299,967

4. Research Park

Population: 1,389
Median Income: $49,417
Median Home Value: $462,800

5. Uc Irvine

Population: 13,993
Median Income: $45,154
Median Home Value: $281,567

6. University Town Center

Population: 6,592
Median Income: $33,199
Median Home Value: $293,580

7. Turtle Ridge

Population: 4,349
Median Income: $87,054
Median Home Value: $500,000

8. Irvine Health And Science Complex

Population: 4,706
Median Income: $95,158
Median Home Value: $428,750

9. East Industrial Complex

Population: 1,344
Median Income: $117,263
Median Home Value: $403,233

10. Spectrum

Population: 2,606
Median Income: $68,125
Median Home Value: $664,400

The ‘hoods around Irvine that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Irvine with Great Park landing at the bottom of the pack.

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

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Irvine Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Great Park 168 $36,250 $66,800
2 Rancho San Joaquin 4,276 $40,599 $178,867
3 Business District 5,617 $73,238 $299,967
4 Research Park 1,389 $49,417 $462,800
5 Uc Irvine 13,993 $45,154 $281,567
6 University Town Center 6,592 $33,199 $293,580
7 Turtle Ridge 4,349 $87,054 $500,000
8 Irvine Health And Science Complex 4,706 $95,158 $428,750
9 East Industrial Complex 1,344 $117,263 $403,233
10 Spectrum 2,606 $68,125 $664,400
11 University Park 8,083 $89,646 $522,350
12 San Joaquin Marsh 1,178 $73,976 $490,700
13 Oak Creek 10,754 $102,313 $581,567
14 Walnut Village 8,881 $89,829 $572,675
15 El Camino Real 15,703 $99,875 $463,717
16 El Toro Marine Air Station 722 $186,442 $530,000
17 Northwood 23,583 $113,620 $658,594
18 Woodbridge 25,284 $93,067 $579,783
19 Lower Peters Canyon 21,816 $107,049 $548,160
20 West Park 22,732 $108,006 $528,156
21 Northwood Point 4,723 $147,882 $870,350
22 Turtle Rock 10,172 $120,160 $894,134
23 Shady Canyon 788 $126,022 $890,050
24 Quail Hill 605 $142,926 $1,000,001

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