These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Knoxville For 2019


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Knoxville 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 Knoxville.
Worst Neighborhoods In Knoxville

Knoxville’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 Knoxville.

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 Knoxville. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

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

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

We examined 34 of Knoxville’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Knoxville’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Knoxville according to data:

  1. Old North Knoxville
  2. Holston Hills
  3. Halls Crossroads
  4. Forest Heights
  5. Bearden
  6. Rocky Hill
  7. Beaumont
  8. Lakemoor Hills
  9. Deane Hill
  10. Old City

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Knoxville for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Old North Knoxville looks to be the worst neighborhood in Knoxville.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Knoxville 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.

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How we determined the worst Knoxville 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 Knoxville:

  • 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 Knoxville, Tennessee 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 Knoxville.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Knoxville to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 34 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.

Old North Knoxville Knoxville, TN

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Population: 868
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $77,045 (7th worst)
Median Income: $21,228 (3rd worst)
More on Old North Knoxville:  Data

Old North Knoxville is a neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States, located just north of the city’s downtown area. Initially established as the town of North Knoxville in the late-19th century, the area was a prominent suburb for Knoxville’s upper middle and professional classes until the 1950s. After a period of decline, preservationists began restoring many of the neighborhood’s houses in the 1980s. In 1992, over 400 houses and secondary structures in the neighborhood were added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Old North Knoxville Historic District.

2. Holston Hills

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

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Population: 4,628
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $90,304 (10th worst)
Median Income: $39,073 (21st worst)

3. Halls Crossroads

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

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Population: 566
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $121,249 (18th worst)
Median Income: $40,770 (23rd worst)

4. Forest Heights

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

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Population: 957
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $255,731 (28th worst)
Median Income: $55,661 (29th worst)

5. Bearden

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

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Population: 4,215
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $255,731 (28th worst)
Median Income: $87,724 (34th worst)

6. Rocky Hill

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

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Population: 2,135
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $187,957 (23rd worst)
Median Income: $78,104 (32nd worst)

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

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Population: 818
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $64,378 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $23,489 (5th worst)
More on Beaumont:  Data

8. Lakemoor Hills

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

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Population: 1,934
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $454,418 (32nd worst)
Median Income: $74,274 (31st worst)

9. Deane Hill

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

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Population: 6,908
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $241,037 (26th worst)
Median Income: $72,576 (30th worst)

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

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Population: 2,887
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $68,199 (4th worst)
Median Income: $25,421 (8th worst)
More on Old City:  Data

The ‘hoods around Knoxville that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Knoxville with Old North Knoxville landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Knoxville aren’t all bad. Colonial Village takes the cake as the best place to live in Knoxville.

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 Knoxville For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Old North Knoxville 868 $77,045 $21,228
2 Holston Hills 4,628 $90,304 $39,073
3 Halls Crossroads 566 $121,249 $40,770
4 Forest Heights 957 $255,731 $55,661
5 Bearden 4,215 $255,731 $87,724
6 Rocky Hill 2,135 $187,957 $78,104
7 Beaumont 818 $64,378 $23,489
8 Lakemoor Hills 1,934 $454,418 $74,274
9 Deane Hill 6,908 $241,037 $72,576
10 Old City 2,887 $68,199 $25,421
11 North Hills 2,522 $98,267 $28,797
12 Downtown 3,224 $68,199 $25,421
13 Morningside 1,560 $457,125 $26,608
14 Lyons View 759 $454,418 $87,431
15 East Knoxville 20,794 $193,506 $36,682
16 Southknoxville 8,686 $86,621 $27,681
17 Whittle Springs 8,833 $104,175 $34,082
18 North Knoxville 42,454 $112,359 $36,308
19 Park City 3,603 $165,209 $25,643
20 West Knoxville 45,979 $238,722 $52,085
21 Lake Forest 5,911 $158,771 $35,516
22 Burlington 6,187 $83,786 $30,139
23 South Knoxville 28,682 $118,327 $32,785
24 Old Sevier 1,075 $71,158 $26,871
25 Five Points 2,647 $307,891 $25,624
26 Parkridge 4,131 $279,807 $24,933
27 Fountain City 26,120 $140,310 $45,135
28 Mechanicsville 3,536 $51,011 $18,258
29 Norwood 29,798 $103,606 $44,660
30 Western Heights 2,801 $61,111 $20,505
31 Marble City 4,216 $255,731 $43,193
32 Inskip 20,491 $119,126 $39,540
33 Lonsdale 13,278 $91,135 $23,168
34 Colonial Village 4,814 $121,779 $42,783

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