The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Jacksonville For 2021


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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Jacksonville.
Worst Neighborhoods In Jacksonville

Jacksonville'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 Jacksonville.

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 Jacksonville. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.

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

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

We examined 190 of Jacksonville's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Jacksonville's reputation.

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Jacksonville for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Midtown looks to be the worst neighborhood in Jacksonville.

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

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Jacksonville For 2021

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Population: 129
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $34,400 (worst)
Median Income: $30,875 (36th worst)
More on Midtown:  Data

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Population: 1,708
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $55,800 (13th worst)
Median Income: $30,833 (35th worst)
More on Allendale:  Data

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Population: 2,371
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $38,933 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $29,288 (29th worst)
More on East Jacksonville:  Data

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Population: 1,150
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $66,767 (28th worst)
Median Income: $26,694 (20th worst)
More on Edgewood:  Data

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Population: 286
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $58,900 (18th worst)
Median Income: $29,545 (3worst)
More on Cranzel T Brown Park:  Data

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Population: 1,094
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $48,100 (6th worst)
Median Income: $20,652 (7th worst)
More on Phoenix:  Data

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Population: 4,410
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $58,420 (16th worst)
Median Income: $24,008 (13th worst)
More on Woodstock:  Data

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Population: 1,614
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $62,650 (26th worst)
Median Income: $20,966 (9th worst)
More on Longbranch:  Data

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Population: 2,578
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $61,325 (23rd worst)
Median Income: $22,820 (10th worst)
More on Lackawanna:  Data

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Population: 3,758
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $53,233 (9th worst)
Median Income: $23,219 (11th worst)
More on 45th And Moncrief:  Data

How we determined the worst Jacksonville hoods in 2021

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 Jacksonville:

  • 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 Jacksonville, Florida 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 Jacksonville.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Jacksonville to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 190 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.

The 'hoods around Jacksonville that are really hoods

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Jacksonville with Midtown landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Jacksonville aren't all bad. Ortega Forest takes the cake as the best place to live in Jacksonville.

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

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Jacksonville For 2021?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Midtown 129 $34,400 $30,875
2 Allendale 1,708 $55,800 $30,833
3 East Jacksonville 2,371 $38,933 $29,288
4 Edgewood 1,150 $66,767 $26,694
5 Cranzel T Brown Park 286 $58,900 $29,545
6 Phoenix 1,094 $48,100 $20,652
7 Woodstock 4,410 $58,420 $24,008
8 Longbranch 1,614 $62,650 $20,966
9 Lackawanna 2,578 $61,325 $22,820
10 45th And Moncrief 3,758 $53,233 $23,219
11 Panama Park 3,002 $37,900 $29,878
12 Royal Terrace 1,831 $59,350 $20,609
13 Fairfield 1,113 $55,650 $17,296
14 Hogan's Creek 3,163 $41,800 $18,637
15 New Town 2,199 $72,575 $25,540
16 Tallyrand 415 $60,000 $26,339
17 Magnolia Gardens 3,827 $69,050 $20,672
18 Tallulah-North Shore 3,671 $62,640 $28,849
19 College Gardens 1,548 $43,350 $18,180
20 Harborview 1,824 $77,600 $43,443
21 Commonwealth 1,183 $77,100 $27,768
22 Mixon Town 1,124 $101,233 $39,578
23 Lincoln Villas 3,815 $85,950 $36,533
24 29th And Chase 1,790 $58,250 $25,000
25 Ribault 3,409 $81,900 $40,639
26 Carver Manor 2,234 $88,700 $31,916
27 Mid-Westside 7,026 $54,788 $25,142
28 Robinson's Addition 1,398 $53,050 $29,440
29 Grand Park 3,108 $61,200 $35,512
30 Larsen 1,517 $58,500 $31,648
31 Highlands 9,978 $94,314 $38,539
32 Kennel Club 1,268 $53,533 $37,417
33 Brentwood 5,332 $62,538 $23,363
34 Normandy 697 $64,500 $29,583
35 Moncrief Park 3,030 $52,167 $19,290
36 Hillcrest 7,522 $80,025 $28,138
37 Riverview 3,925 $76,850 $40,262
38 College Park 1,950 $88,900 $35,000
39 Lake Forest 3,120 $86,950 $33,820
40 Woodland Acres 8,679 $85,700 $30,222
41 Wesconnett 5,029 $60,675 $32,487
42 Kilarney Shores 1,538 $89,550 $26,814
43 Sweetwater 2,523 $75,900 $49,658
44 Arlington Manor 4,744 $73,800 $37,554
45 Hyde Park 8,533 $92,317 $40,435
46 Marietta 2,542 $122,700 $45,988
47 Biltmore 1,871 $105,500 $50,507
48 Brakridge 869 $70,400 $19,192
49 Edgewood Manor 2,165 $86,100 $28,818
50 Downtown Jacksonville 3,501 $76,700 $24,546
51 Spring Park 5,605 $91,860 $33,947
52 Springfield 5,730 $107,625 $28,821
53 Confederate Point 2,988 $89,600 $41,540
54 Arlington 4,722 $82,050 $38,196
55 Lakeshore 4,630 $67,060 $41,255
56 Englewood 8,010 $109,180 $37,619
57 Beachwood 1,566 $112,700 $43,313
58 Regency 4,026 $114,375 $49,661
59 Hollyford 865 $170,000 $33,011
60 Monterey 3,025 $91,167 $27,718
61 Ortega Hills 6,567 $75,800 $45,486
62 Mcgirts Creek 5,310 $99,575 $49,160
63 Normandy Village 2,401 $84,550 $44,722
64 Oak Hill 8,401 $115,225 $44,771
65 Turtle Creek 6,086 $130,375 $41,964
66 Otis 337 $150,500 $51,982
67 Southpoint 3,852 $127,833 $54,827
68 Sherwood Forest 5,054 $74,633 $32,069
69 Duclay Foest 4,090 $103,100 $51,631
70 Southsuide Estates 9,285 $103,543 $42,431
71 Royal Lakes 2,964 $110,900 $41,877
72 Cedar Hills Estate 4,201 $83,525 $40,926
73 Whitehouse 5,394 $109,950 $60,144
74 Deerwood Center 1,113 $111,600 $46,897
75 Garden City 944 $119,200 $41,017
76 Lake Forest Hills 2,468 $89,000 $37,683
77 San Jose 5,659 $58,200 $33,492
78 Dinsmore 2,914 $144,200 $35,403
79 Normandy Manor 5,952 $95,250 $44,644
80 Forest Trails 4,115 $165,800 $51,344
81 Argyle Forest 4,767 $101,000 $54,908
82 Holiday Hill 7,239 $109,033 $38,003
83 Murray Hill 9,492 $97,590 $40,021
84 Jacksonville University 2,076 $141,750 $31,724
85 Windy Hill 13,286 $111,675 $44,617
86 Duclay 5,551 $66,900 $38,702
87 Empire Point 1,837 $135,600 $30,956
88 Jacksonville Heights 13,479 $87,217 $47,378
89 Cedar Hills 8,132 $80,283 $47,198
90 Greenfield Manor 1,828 $119,900 $52,054
91 Duval 3,629 $97,300 $60,032
92 Ortega Farms 3,234 $140,700 $43,137
93 Spring Glen 2,649 $86,400 $27,365
94 Picketville 1,127 $122,600 $51,462
95 Herlong 3,691 $131,600 $60,274
96 Atlantic Boulevard Estates 4,483 $108,667 $44,187
97 Jacksonville Heights South 4,484 $156,533 $58,618
98 Hogan 588 $157,700 $45,438
99 Jacksonville North Estate 491 $134,300 $58,294
100 Biscayne Terrace 2,865 $119,100 $42,412
101 Lake Lucina 5,243 $89,467 $48,383
102 Saint Nicholas 1,470 $134,400 $49,758
103 Sans Souci 6,021 $120,133 $37,838
104 Osceola Forest 1,510 $80,600 $51,731
105 Settlers Landing 5,389 $115,033 $59,269
106 Jacksonville Naval Air Station 2,836 $164,100 $49,539
107 Love Grove-Riviera Manor 1,347 $123,900 $59,500
108 Glynlea-Grove Park 5,829 $134,467 $46,053
109 University Club 816 $199,900 $42,804
110 Oceanway 5,476 $166,400 $73,262
111 Imeson Park 1,299 $151,000 $57,292
112 Holly Oaks 1,800 $142,667 $59,907
113 Park Ridge 1,504 $149,200 $51,032
114 Oak Haven 1,021 $124,100 $57,500
115 San Mateo 1,973 $133,200 $56,173
116 Bulls Bay 1,147 $144,100 $50,507
117 Eastport 2,166 $135,900 $58,617
118 Pumpkin Hill 640 $217,900 $63,125
119 Sans Pareil 8,233 $133,333 $69,307
120 Baymeadows 10,859 $97,033 $47,072
121 Lakewood 4,107 $186,400 $47,432
122 Alderman Park 4,035 $130,600 $58,734
123 Jacksonville Heights West 3,487 $160,300 $48,203
124 Fairways Forest 2,672 $139,700 $43,995
125 Charter Point 4,162 $186,600 $41,250
126 Normandy Estate 6,169 $123,900 $51,935
127 Biscayne 4,180 $119,200 $41,017
128 Rolling Hills 4,772 $99,700 $56,999
129 Arlingwood 5,605 $119,180 $51,943
130 Brooklyn 477 $325,300 $25,320
131 Brierwood 1,801 $166,450 $59,104
132 Tiger Hole-Secret Woods 2,722 $135,500 $66,749
133 San Marco 2,405 $281,360 $77,215
134 Southside 2,003 $240,300 $56,331
135 The Cape 4,053 $179,000 $73,094
136 Jacksonville Farms-Terrace 6,966 $157,950 $53,897
137 Arlington Hills 6,303 $130,550 $54,972
138 Craven 8,392 $138,440 $49,383
139 Venetia 1,478 $216,850 $68,306
140 Riverside 5,967 $186,689 $53,078
141 Beauclerc 1,071 $288,800 $94,786
142 Sunbeam 6,340 $147,267 $52,706
143 Fort George Island 279 $217,900 $63,125
144 South Riverside 2,022 $147,450 $45,095
145 Chimney Lakes 14,713 $138,720 $70,966
146 Copper Hill 1,674 $149,300 $49,825
147 Jamestown 2,074 $188,350 $57,762
148 Goodby's Creek 4,177 $149,500 $51,530
149 Pecan Park 4,043 $198,400 $68,676
150 Crystal Springs 8,541 $170,233 $61,357
151 Arrowhead 4,207 $145,100 $49,301
152 Sandalwood 19,937 $143,912 $54,829
153 Eagle Bend 4,671 $179,000 $73,094
154 North Beach 12,949 $229,312 $57,259
155 Fort Caroline Shores 4,035 $194,867 $73,068
156 Southwood 2,906 $163,000 $38,688
157 Brown Island 1,145 $196,900 $87,907
158 Fairfax 1,782 $261,433 $71,388
159 Pickwick Park 1,969 $223,100 $61,050
160 Deercreek 3,412 $297,300 $78,543
161 Del Rio 12,295 $165,900 $62,955
162 Woodmere 2,858 $140,550 $52,448
163 Mandarin Station-Losco 11,726 $169,300 $68,819
164 Clifton 1,492 $186,700 $39,722
165 Girvin 6,102 $214,260 $77,849
166 Blaunt-Quarantine Island 4,111 $218,950 $89,477
167 Greenland 8,678 $273,567 $86,860
168 Mandarin 7,185 $283,125 $97,398
169 University Park 2,749 $148,650 $38,725
170 East Arlington 18,408 $179,483 $77,265
171 Deerwood 7,464 $348,850 $112,246
172 Ortega 1,164 $357,733 $99,424
173 Beacon Hills And Harbour 1,191 $241,000 $91,047
174 Atlantic Highlands 1,070 $320,500 $88,462
175 Golden Glades-The Woods 17,311 $185,244 $65,776
176 Loretto 7,883 $129,850 $59,093
177 Holiday Harbors 1,506 $320,500 $88,462
178 Miramar 2,025 $367,825 $102,356
179 San Jose Forest 1,049 $260,600 $89,456
180 Hidden Hills 3,322 $161,850 $71,512
181 Avondale 4,049 $308,400 $76,474
182 Neptune Beach 5,330 $348,450 $72,096
183 Atlantic Beach 9,564 $385,900 $79,638
184 Cobblestone 5,027 $219,350 $73,786
185 Jacksonville Beach 19,692 $322,865 $70,023
186 Beach Haven 18,486 $228,686 $73,717
187 Julington Creek 6,588 $242,275 $91,294
188 Secret Cove 6,733 $168,300 $63,294
189 Isle Of Palms 2,790 $309,500 $78,043
190 Ortega Forest 2,013 $334,250 $97,366