Jackson’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 Jackson.
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 Jackson. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Jackson neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Jackson hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Jackson area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Heatherwood ranks way above the rest.
We examined 117 of Jackson’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Jackson’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Jackson according to data:
- University Park
- Bailey Avenue
- Mid City Business Association
- State Capitol
- West Jackson
- Grand Avenue
- Pine Hills
Read on to see how we determined the places around Jackson 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 Jackson 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 Jackson:
- 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 Jackson 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 Jackson.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Jackson to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 117 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.
Median Income: $15,909
Median Home Value: $57,500
2. University Park
Median Income: $14,744
Median Home Value: $52,500
3. Bailey Avenue
Median Income: $19,487
Median Home Value: $33,633
4. Mid City Business Association
Median Income: $18,768
Median Home Value: $39,920
5. State Capitol
Median Income: $26,054
Median Home Value: $23,300
6. West Jackson
Median Income: $24,464
Median Home Value: $55,000
Median Income: $17,862
Median Home Value: $41,850
Median Income: $22,116
Median Home Value: $66,767
9. Grand Avenue
Median Income: $13,344
Median Home Value: $63,150
10. Pine Hills
Median Income: $26,010
Median Home Value: $63,800
The ‘hoods around Jackson that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Jackson with Elraine landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Jackson aren’t all bad. Heatherwood takes the cake as the best place to live in Jackson.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Worst Jackson Neighborhoods
|4||Mid City Business Association||1,057|
|11||Enochs Street-Hyde Park||673|
|15||Farish Street Historic District||233|
|18||Country Club Place||1,170|
|24||West Central Jackson||4,793|
|26||Daniel Lake-Mason Blvd||868|
|39||High School Park||375|
|43||Nantucket Drive Block||261|
|45||Northwest Hills Terrace||217|
|50||Beautiful View Block||250|
|52||North Park And Ridgecrest||1,100|
|70||Berwood Drive-Azalea Circle||1,360|
|72||Friends Of West Jackson||626|
|76||Hanging Moss East||1,993|
|79||Jakson Country Club||684|
|94||Norwood 3 And 4||668|
|107||Rolling Wood Beautiful||938|
|112||The Villages Of Northpointe||1,068|