These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Kansas City For 2018


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

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Kansas City’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 Kansas City.

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 Kansas City. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

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

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

We examined 145 of Kansas City’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Kansas City’s reputation:

  1. South Blue Valley
  2. North Blue Ridge
  3. Marlborough East
  4. East Blue Valley
  5. Ingleside
  6. Ivanhoe Northeast
  7. Ivanhoe Southeast
  8. Norble And Gregory Ridge
  9. Central Blue Valley-Park Tower Grade
  10. Key Coalition

Read on to see how we determined the places around Kansas City 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 Kansas City.

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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How we determined the worst Kansas City 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 Kansas City:

  • 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 Kansas City 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 Kansas City.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Kansas City to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 145 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.

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1. South Blue Valley

Population: 1,749
Median Income: $21,126
Median Home Value: $34,700

2. North Blue Ridge

Population: 88
Median Income: $21,607
Median Home Value: $38,000

3. Marlborough East

Population: 1,295
Median Income: $17,156
Median Home Value: $51,150

4. East Blue Valley

Population: 1,692
Median Income: $24,186
Median Home Value: $42,500

5. Ingleside

Population: 909
Median Income: $28,050
Median Home Value: $41,025

6. Ivanhoe Northeast

Population: 795
Median Income: $18,846
Median Home Value: $48,300

7. Ivanhoe Southeast

Population: 1,405
Median Income: $21,888
Median Home Value: $43,150

8. Norble And Gregory Ridge

Population: 1,754
Median Income: $32,150
Median Home Value: $40,167

9. Central Blue Valley-Park Tower Grade

Population: 1,136
Median Income: $15,201
Median Home Value: $52,750

10. Key Coalition

Population: 1,332
Median Income: $13,969
Median Home Value: $58,500

The ‘hoods around Kansas City that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Kansas City with South Blue Valley landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Kansas City aren’t all bad. Arnour Fields takes the cake as the best place to live in Kansas City.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Kansas City Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
South Blue Valley 1 1,749 $21,126 $34,700
North Blue Ridge 2 88 $21,607 $38,000
Marlborough East 3 1,295 $17,156 $51,150
East Blue Valley 4 1,692 $24,186 $42,500
Ingleside 5 909 $28,050 $41,025
Ivanhoe Northeast 6 795 $18,846 $48,300
Ivanhoe Southeast 7 1,405 $21,888 $43,150
Norble And Gregory Ridge 8 1,754 $32,150 $40,167
Central Blue Valley-Park Tower Grade 9 1,136 $15,201 $52,750
Key Coalition 10 1,332 $13,969 $58,500
Blue Valley Industrial 11 1,580 $27,181 $37,433
Hillcrest 12 1,302 $25,838 $42,250
East Community Team South 13 3,353 $20,793 $42,380
Washington Weatley 14 1,827 $23,831 $51,833
Palestine West And Oak Park Northeast 15 652 $28,173 $42,900
Sheffield 16 2,062 $19,626 $42,950
Hidden Valley 17 921 $20,323 $82,600
Manheim Park 18 1,424 $21,194 $46,600
East Community Team North 19 2,789 $24,775 $62,940
Eastwood Hills West 20 1,497 $26,550 $66,050
Marlborough Heights-Marlborough Pride 21 3,000 $25,381 $50,880
Oak Park Northwest 22 3,221 $21,593 $46,725
North Town Fork Creek 23 3,167 $22,473 $63,220
Santa Fe 24 2,263 $22,187 $52,250
Northest Industrial District 25 160 $50,391 $29,300
Pendleton Heights 26 3,201 $20,386 $77,200
Legacy East 27 2,056 $27,330 $94,175
Indipendence Plaza 28 1,989 $22,520 $70,480
Blue Hills 29 5,223 $28,570 $56,157
Ashland Ridge 30 1,310 $23,105 $72,700
Self Help Neighborhood Council 31 1,318 $22,266 $51,100
Oakwood 32 1,608 $23,774 $83,550
Richards Gebaur 33 1,764 $30,629 $135,367
Knoches Park 34 1,388 $23,438 $42,400
Oak Park Southwest 35 1,890 $25,250 $39,950
Lykins 36 3,649 $20,884 $57,650
Swope Parkway-Elmwood 37 2,609 $32,631 $68,300
Lewis Heights 38 769 $31,655 $94,000
Vineyard Northwest 39 884 $31,886 $45,900
Mount Hope 40 333 $22,083 $55,400
East Sqope Highlands 41 757 $31,930 $95,150
Palestine East 42 1,291 $27,362 $35,850
Vineyard 43 2,113 $32,543 $58,533
Foxtown East 44 607 $41,354 $72,300
Beacon Hills 45 650 $26,080 $90,100
Stanford Estates 46 1,671 $36,178 $89,050
Oldham Farms 47 644 $44,023 $65,400
Ruskin Heights 48 4,203 $28,780 $63,375
Linwood Homeowner-Ivanhoe 49 1,320 $19,438 $63,300
Riss Lake 50 2,329 $26,346 $97,900
Wendell Phillips 51 1,607 $19,890 $75,200
Eastwood Hill East 52 3,428 $30,486 $72,000
Bleheim Square-Research Hospital 53 1,391 $28,160 $66,500
Loma Vista 54 1,614 $27,987 $79,750
Oak Park Southeast 55 1,448 $31,586 $49,450
Cunningham Ridge 56 261 $36,100 $73,200
Hickman Mills South 57 1,449 $39,960 $82,400
Westside South 58 1,713 $38,806 $108,800
West Blue Valley 59 2,086 $23,897 $51,400
West Blue Township 60 664 $36,100 $73,200
North India Mound 61 5,256 $26,462 $59,800
East Meyer 62 4,611 $36,815 $77,080
South Town Fork Creek 63 1,151 $33,888 $45,300
Swope Park Campus 64 1,416 $30,261 $58,100
Broadway Gillham 65 857 $29,110 $115,750
Brown Estates 66 830 $48,946 $83,633
Ruskin Hills 67 2,593 $49,754 $82,400
Sterling Acres 68 1,049 $43,846 $102,600
Hickman Mills 69 4,222 $31,645 $106,975
Sarritt Point 70 4,097 $27,920 $61,683
Linden Hills And Indian Heights 71 2,201 $42,035 $129,033
Fairlane 72 5,606 $42,603 $84,125
South India Mound 73 4,470 $25,320 $58,620
Martin City 74 1,147 $42,276 $190,550
Kirkside 75 1,537 $41,563 $88,000
Citadel 76 1,368 $40,690 $83,150
Bannister Ares 77 1,489 $55,880 $112,700
Robandee South 78 1,543 $40,197 $87,900
Squier Park 79 529 $35,571 $118,800
Country Valley-Hawthorn Square 80 320 $44,483 $162,200
Bonne Hills 81 2,021 $45,932 $114,267
Fairwood And Robandee 82 3,770 $43,074 $72,675
North Hyde Park 83 1,389 $19,954 $163,800
Stayton Meadows 84 2,406 $50,227 $90,067
Park Farms 85 3,254 $45,145 $98,900
Westside North 86 1,648 $31,720 $161,850
Santa Fe Hills 87 2,175 $40,298 $107,333
Valentine 88 1,191 $35,069 $162,500
Hanover Place 89 2,341 $22,707 $144,533
Ward Parkway Plaza 90 435 $72,500 $147,200
Willow Creek 91 3,221 $37,708 $83,633
River Market 92 450 $42,500 $253,900
Eastern 49-63 93 3,169 $46,986 $103,667
Old Westport 94 1,325 $41,917 $185,900
Faireway Hills 95 2,489 $66,731 $127,400
Crown Center 96 750 $52,799 $198,233
Little Blue Valley 97 4,126 $66,161 $176,475
White Oak 98 2,583 $63,101 $111,433
Western Hills 99 1,791 $51,510 $128,950
Saint Catherine’S Gardens 100 2,886 $63,656 $126,550
West Waldo 101 1,283 $64,056 $136,250
Longfellow 102 1,958 $26,210 $178,850
Country Club Plaza 103 1,083 $51,985 $58,100
Waldo Homes 104 1,758 $51,107 $119,500
Mission Lake 105 3,670 $68,954 $174,850
South Hyde Park 106 2,042 $43,810 $140,467
Royal Oaks 107 1,783 $70,720 $141,200
Volker 108 3,395 $47,253 $159,640
Highview Estates 109 2,598 $73,609 $195,200
Lea Manor 110 2,140 $62,099 $150,333
Blue Vue Hills 111 2,503 $92,629 $134,200
Red Bridge North 112 937 $83,141 $171,700
Plaza Westport 113 957 $56,266 $170,050
Southmoreland 114 3,360 $43,232 $163,420
Roanoke 115 727 $55,472 $249,200
Red Ridge South 116 2,893 $47,602 $170,350
Blue Hills Estates 117 1,759 $53,125 $236,000
Timber Valley 118 290 $94,773 $180,100
Coleman Highlands 119 850 $75,338 $212,000
Westwood 120 917 $61,852 $215,900
Unity Ridge 121 510 $98,542 $304,400
Country Lane Estates 122 1,695 $51,917 $158,200
Rolling Meadows 123 615 $58,172 $134,500
Verona Hills 124 1,719 $96,910 $252,050
Birdlespur 125 1,370 $71,426 $177,000
Union Hill 126 735 $49,148 $248,800
West Plaza 127 3,881 $49,642 $187,120
Tower Homes 128 5,304 $54,484 $158,060
Central Business District-Downtown 129 3,817 $49,820 $176,333
Greenway Fields 130 535 $176,944 $451,850
Sunset Hill West 131 341 $250,001 $984,400
Western 49-63 132 4,399 $71,140 $194,200
Stanford Gardens 133 805 $176,944 $451,850
Holmes Park 134 1,213 $75,132 $184,500
Romanelli West 135 826 $118,188 $337,500
Sunset Hill 136 922 $145,292 $618,300
Central Hyde Park 137 1,340 $65,875 $302,950
Foxcroft And Glen Arbor 138 1,111 $123,182 $243,200
Ward Parkway 139 3,550 $79,687 $194,250
Wornall Homestead 140 696 $127,000 $286,100
Morningside 141 1,496 $87,789 $248,000
Oak Meyer Gardens 142 886 $89,861 $244,400
South Plaza 143 2,524 $48,510 $329,700
Armour Hills 144 2,511 $107,496 $237,850
Arnour Fields 145 2,061 $144,375 $394,000

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