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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 Armour Hills ranks way above the rest.
We examined 131 of Kansas City's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Kansas City's reputation.
So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Kansas City for 2021? According to the most recent census data, South Blue Valley looks to be the worst neighborhood in Kansas City.
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.
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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Kansas City For 2021
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $25,500 (4th worst)
Median Income: $22,281 (16th worst)
More on South Blue Valley: Data
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $45,400 (16th worst)
Median Income: $21,078 (10th worst)
More on North Blue Ridge: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $18,000 (worst)
Median Income: $26,500 (32nd worst)
More on Northest Industrial District: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $46,600 (19th worst)
Median Income: $21,160 (11th worst)
More on Marlborough East: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $47,650 (20th worst)
Median Income: $24,536 (25th worst)
More on East Blue Valley: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $36,500 (8th worst)
Median Income: $24,398 (24th worst)
More on Blue Valley Industrial: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $33,833 (6th worst)
Median Income: $22,604 (17th worst)
More on Knoches Park: Data
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $49,200 (24th worst)
Median Income: $23,342 (2worst)
More on East Community Team North: Data
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $37,400 (9th worst)
Median Income: $35,777 (6worst)
More on Norble And Gregory Ridge: Data
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $51,750 (29th worst)
Median Income: $14,866 (2nd worst)
More on Central Blue Valley-Park Tower Grade: Data
How we determined the worst Kansas City 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 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, Missouri 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 131 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 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. Armour Hills 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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