These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Kansas City For 2019


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Kansas City 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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Kansas City.
Worst Neighborhoods In Kansas City

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 143 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.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Kansas City according to data:

  1. North Blue Ridge
  2. South Blue Valley
  3. Northest Industrial District
  4. Ivanhoe Southeast
  5. East Sqope Highlands
  6. Marlborough East
  7. Knoches Park
  8. East Blue Valley
  9. Blue Valley Industrial
  10. Sheffield

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Kansas City for 2019? According to the most recent census data, North Blue Ridge 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.

For more Missouri reading, check out:

How we determined the worst Kansas City hoods in 2019

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 143 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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Population: 71
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $45,400 (16th worst)
Median Income: $21,078 (10th worst)
More on North Blue Ridge:  Data

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Population: 1,992
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $25,500 (4th worst)
Median Income: $22,281 (16th worst)
More on South Blue Valley:  Data

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Population: 157
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 22)
Median Home Value: $18,000 (1st worst)
Median Income: $26,500 (32nd worst)
More on Northest Industrial District:  Data

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Population: 1,528
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $42,750 (13th worst)
Median Income: $21,210 (12th worst)
More on Ivanhoe Southeast:  Data

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Population: 833
Rank Last Year: 41 (Up 36)
Median Home Value: $86,500 (67th worst)
Median Income: $29,668 (40th worst)
More on East Sqope Highlands:  Data

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Population: 1,265
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $46,600 (19th worst)
Median Income: $21,160 (11th worst)
More on Marlborough East:  Data

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Population: 1,499
Rank Last Year: 34 (Up 27)
Median Home Value: $33,833 (6th worst)
Median Income: $22,604 (17th worst)
More on Knoches Park:  Data

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Population: 1,595
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $47,650 (20th worst)
Median Income: $24,536 (25th worst)
More on East Blue Valley:  Data

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Population: 964
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $36,500 (8th worst)
Median Income: $24,398 (24th worst)
More on Blue Valley Industrial:  Data

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Population: 2,161
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $48,050 (21st worst)
Median Income: $17,559 (4th worst)
More on Sheffield:  Data

The ‘hoods around Kansas City that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Kansas City with North Blue Ridge 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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Detailed List Of The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Kansas City For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 North Blue Ridge 71 $45,400 $21,078
2 South Blue Valley 1,992 $25,500 $22,281
3 Northest Industrial District 157 $18,000 $26,500
4 Ivanhoe Southeast 1,528 $42,750 $21,210
5 East Sqope Highlands 833 $86,500 $29,668
6 Marlborough East 1,265 $46,600 $21,160
7 Knoches Park 1,499 $33,833 $22,604
8 East Blue Valley 1,595 $47,650 $24,536
9 Blue Valley Industrial 964 $36,500 $24,398
10 Sheffield 2,161 $48,050 $17,559
11 East Community Team North 2,816 $49,200 $23,342
12 Washington Weatley 1,837 $59,333 $27,573
13 North Town Fork Creek 2,904 $61,040 $27,828
14 Norble And Gregory Ridge 1,704 $37,400 $35,777
15 East Community Team South 2,736 $24,860 $20,194
16 Key Coalition 1,208 $71,500 $14,444
17 Central Blue Valley-Park Tower Grade 1,419 $51,750 $14,866
18 Palestine West And Oak Park Northeast 563 $45,200 $41,050
19 Ivanhoe Northeast 761 $50,300 $25,588
20 Ingleside 948 $52,525 $30,750
21 Hidden Valley 933 $86,300 $24,615
22 Indipendence Plaza 2,338 $68,020 $24,060
23 Eastwood Hills West 1,396 $66,950 $33,166
24 Vineyard Northwest 797 $42,700 $19,862
25 Legacy East 2,010 $46,500 $29,784
26 Lykins 3,734 $40,412 $21,625
27 Santa Fe 2,168 $43,525 $23,036
28 Mount Hope 326 $38,000 $16,500
29 Marlborough Heights-Marlborough Pride 2,591 $33,080 $26,330
30 Pendleton Heights 2,880 $95,775 $18,347
31 Manheim Park 1,508 $52,650 $25,860
32 Lewis Heights 712 $93,900 $37,159
33 Brown Estates 890 $84,700 $41,351
34 Self Help Neighborhood Council 1,805 $49,800 $20,620
35 Blue Hills 5,148 $59,229 $31,826
36 Riss Lake 2,524 $93,600 $27,335
37 Oakwood 1,634 $85,500 $26,012
38 Country Valley-Hawthorn Square 340 $158,500 $45,549
39 Vineyard 2,003 $59,000 $27,635
40 Linwood Homeowner-Ivanhoe 1,346 $56,500 $21,750
41 Swope Parkway-Elmwood 2,541 $67,933 $31,053
42 Westside South 1,302 $106,033 $40,769
43 Hickman Mills 3,570 $88,900 $37,115
44 Oldham Farms 1,012 $66,700 $39,920
45 Stanford Estates 1,954 $82,350 $43,164
46 Richards Gebaur 1,338 $97,833 $32,605
47 Oak Park Northwest 2,913 $48,300 $24,219
48 Cunningham Ridge 280 $76,400 $41,159
49 Ruskin Hills 2,775 $66,650 $37,740
50 Wendell Phillips 1,485 $90,167 $20,620
51 Palestine East 1,304 $34,100 $24,810
52 Beacon Hills 675 $111,850 $32,104
53 Oak Park Southeast 1,754 $49,800 $34,078
54 Oak Park Southwest 2,096 $19,150 $33,735
55 Loma Vista 1,897 $78,650 $31,312
56 Hillcrest 1,193 $83,800 $32,350
57 Ashland Ridge 1,348 $74,900 $30,375
58 Broadway Gillham 898 $103,850 $29,974
59 West Blue Township 713 $76,400 $41,159
60 West Blue Valley 2,281 $46,100 $22,986
61 Swope Park Campus 1,527 $58,650 $29,629
62 Ruskin Heights 4,718 $52,775 $35,841
63 Westside North 1,466 $154,950 $31,394
64 Sterling Acres 912 $105,800 $46,125
65 Bleheim Square-Research Hospital 1,652 $66,000 $23,264
66 North Hyde Park 1,649 $164,900 $21,453
67 Foxtown East 901 $48,400 $42,372
68 Eastwood Hill East 3,732 $73,975 $35,776
69 East Meyer 4,625 $76,560 $35,925
70 South Town Fork Creek 1,262 $55,200 $32,522
71 Hickman Mills South 1,596 $74,100 $42,446
72 Sarritt Point 3,592 $66,083 $29,106
73 Linden Hills And Indian Heights 2,305 $124,967 $48,461
74 South India Mound 4,007 $55,220 $30,911
75 Citadel 1,514 $90,350 $41,866
76 Fairlane 5,116 $85,875 $46,617
77 Martin City 1,046 $188,200 $48,989
78 Bonne Hills 1,863 $104,833 $49,970
79 Longfellow 2,007 $172,850 $29,178
80 Hanover Place 2,914 $88,133 $30,502
81 North India Mound 4,849 $50,683 $35,163
82 Park Farms 3,487 $98,850 $43,396
83 Santa Fe Hills 2,175 $72,133 $43,164
84 Old Westport 964 $181,500 $42,910
85 Squier Park 897 $143,200 $44,792
86 Little Blue Valley 4,414 $181,600 $71,172
87 Eastern 49-63 3,124 $106,033 $39,164
88 South Hyde Park 1,981 $139,000 $40,098
89 Rolling Meadows 525 $137,900 $57,625
90 Bannister Ares 1,437 $112,200 $50,651
91 Stayton Meadows 2,471 $87,533 $50,858
92 Willow Creek 3,235 $75,567 $37,555
93 Robandee South 1,846 $83,800 $43,036
94 Western Hills 1,837 $133,550 $52,030
95 Royal Oaks 1,691 $147,200 $44,514
96 Plaza Westport 1,071 $182,150 $48,530
97 Fairwood And Robandee 4,215 $71,000 $41,973
98 Kirkside 1,722 $85,700 $35,417
99 River Market 523 $228,900 $51,654
100 Blue Vue Hills 1,722 $146,300 $66,875
101 Ward Parkway Plaza 471 $148,100 $71,635
102 Valentine 1,163 $155,950 $40,567
103 Red Bridge North 926 $168,150 $83,325
104 Waldo Homes 1,554 $116,950 $49,802
105 Lea Manor 2,044 $150,100 $68,181
106 Red Ridge South 2,757 $171,350 $43,766
107 West Waldo 1,321 $138,900 $63,846
108 Timber Valley 371 $174,000 $88,198
109 Central Hyde Park 1,317 $286,650 $72,761
110 Southmoreland 3,638 $168,080 $42,346
111 Saint Catherine’s Gardens 2,573 $119,000 $62,102
112 Mission Lake 3,622 $195,400 $86,398
113 Birdlespur 1,364 $168,650 $89,478
114 Unity Ridge 513 $315,700 $101,023
115 Sunset Hill 921 $597,200 $150,641
116 Blue Hills Estates 1,520 $224,800 $53,319
117 Highview Estates 2,603 $203,567 $73,725
118 Crown Center 759 $200,033 $55,006
119 Holmes Park 1,247 $179,500 $60,385
120 Oak Meyer Gardens 856 $232,500 $73,942
121 Union Hill 865 $230,750 $58,514
122 White Oak 2,673 $111,000 $60,611
123 Roanoke 484 $356,000 $51,179
124 Sunset Hill West 321 $975,250 $250,001
125 Greenway Fields 633 $484,300 $200,973
126 Coleman Highlands 709 $218,800 $71,964
127 Western 49-63 4,533 $225,120 $82,382
128 Faireway Hills 2,302 $112,800 $64,853
129 Central Business District-Downtown 4,364 $191,233 $52,423
130 Verona Hills 2,013 $253,250 $90,614
131 South Plaza 2,537 $343,967 $56,995
132 Country Lane Estates 1,971 $155,100 $53,150
133 Stanford Gardens 930 $484,300 $200,973
134 West Plaza 3,939 $196,200 $60,529
135 Westwood 907 $248,700 $91,319
136 Volker 4,523 $187,420 $50,188
137 Tower Homes 5,882 $167,440 $69,114
138 Romanelli West 706 $329,900 $102,917
139 Morningside 1,618 $255,250 $103,750
140 Wornall Homestead 750 $306,900 $129,773
141 Ward Parkway 3,722 $189,450 $81,157
142 Arnour Fields 2,107 $424,200 $138,553
143 Armour Hills 2,422 $240,700 $103,120