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:
- South Blue Valley
- North Blue Ridge
- Marlborough East
- East Blue Valley
- Ivanhoe Northeast
- Ivanhoe Southeast
- Norble And Gregory Ridge
- Central Blue Valley-Park Tower Grade
- 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.
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.
1. South Blue Valley
Median Income: $21,126
Median Home Value: $34,700
2. North Blue Ridge
Median Income: $21,607
Median Home Value: $38,000
3. Marlborough East
Median Income: $17,156
Median Home Value: $51,150
4. East Blue Valley
Median Income: $24,186
Median Home Value: $42,500
Median Income: $28,050
Median Home Value: $41,025
6. Ivanhoe Northeast
Median Income: $18,846
Median Home Value: $48,300
7. Ivanhoe Southeast
Median Income: $21,888
Median Home Value: $43,150
8. Norble And Gregory Ridge
Median Income: $32,150
Median Home Value: $40,167
9. Central Blue Valley-Park Tower Grade
Median Income: $15,201
Median Home Value: $52,750
10. Key Coalition
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
|South Blue Valley||1||1,749|
|North Blue Ridge||2||88|
|East Blue Valley||4||1,692|
|Norble And Gregory Ridge||8||1,754|
|Central Blue Valley-Park Tower Grade||9||1,136|
|Blue Valley Industrial||11||1,580|
|East Community Team South||13||3,353|
|Palestine West And Oak Park Northeast||15||652|
|East Community Team North||19||2,789|
|Eastwood Hills West||20||1,497|
|Marlborough Heights-Marlborough Pride||21||3,000|
|Oak Park Northwest||22||3,221|
|North Town Fork Creek||23||3,167|
|Northest Industrial District||25||160|
|Self Help Neighborhood Council||31||1,318|
|Oak Park Southwest||35||1,890|
|East Sqope Highlands||41||757|
|Eastwood Hill East||52||3,428|
|Bleheim Square-Research Hospital||53||1,391|
|Oak Park Southeast||55||1,448|
|Hickman Mills South||57||1,449|
|West Blue Valley||59||2,086|
|West Blue Township||60||664|
|North India Mound||61||5,256|
|South Town Fork Creek||63||1,151|
|Swope Park Campus||64||1,416|
|Linden Hills And Indian Heights||71||2,201|
|South India Mound||73||4,470|
|Country Valley-Hawthorn Square||80||320|
|Fairwood And Robandee||82||3,770|
|North Hyde Park||83||1,389|
|Santa Fe Hills||87||2,175|
|Ward Parkway Plaza||90||435|
|Little Blue Valley||97||4,126|
|Saint Catherine’S Gardens||100||2,886|
|Country Club Plaza||103||1,083|
|South Hyde Park||106||2,042|
|Blue Vue Hills||111||2,503|
|Red Bridge North||112||937|
|Red Ridge South||116||2,893|
|Blue Hills Estates||117||1,759|
|Country Lane Estates||122||1,695|
|Central Business District-Downtown||129||3,817|
|Sunset Hill West||131||341|
|Central Hyde Park||137||1,340|
|Foxcroft And Glen Arbor||138||1,111|
|Oak Meyer Gardens||142||886|