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:
- Great Park
- Rancho San Joaquin
- Business District
- Research Park
- Uc Irvine
- University Town Center
- Turtle Ridge
- Irvine Health And Science Complex
- East Industrial Complex
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
Median Income: $36,250
Median Home Value: $66,800
2. Rancho San Joaquin
Median Income: $40,599
Median Home Value: $178,867
3. Business District
Median Income: $73,238
Median Home Value: $299,967
4. Research Park
Median Income: $49,417
Median Home Value: $462,800
5. Uc Irvine
Median Income: $45,154
Median Home Value: $281,567
6. University Town Center
Median Income: $33,199
Median Home Value: $293,580
7. Turtle Ridge
Median Income: $87,054
Median Home Value: $500,000
8. Irvine Health And Science Complex
Median Income: $95,158
Median Home Value: $428,750
9. East Industrial Complex
Median Income: $117,263
Median Home Value: $403,233
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
|2||Rancho San Joaquin||4,276|
|6||University Town Center||6,592|
|8||Irvine Health And Science Complex||4,706|
|9||East Industrial Complex||1,344|
|12||San Joaquin Marsh||1,178|
|15||El Camino Real||15,703|
|16||El Toro Marine Air Station||722|
|19||Lower Peters Canyon||21,816|