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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
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $34,400 (worst)
Median Income: $30,875 (36th worst)
More on Midtown: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $55,800 (13th worst)
Median Income: $30,833 (35th worst)
More on Allendale: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $38,933 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $29,288 (29th worst)
More on East Jacksonville: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $66,767 (28th worst)
Median Income: $26,694 (20th worst)
More on Edgewood: Data
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
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $48,100 (6th worst)
Median Income: $20,652 (7th worst)
More on Phoenix: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $58,420 (16th worst)
Median Income: $24,008 (13th worst)
More on Woodstock: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $62,650 (26th worst)
Median Income: $20,966 (9th worst)
More on Longbranch: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $61,325 (23rd worst)
Median Income: $22,820 (10th worst)
More on Lackawanna: Data
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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