These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Knoxville For 2018


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

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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

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

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 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.

1. Old North Knoxville

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 868
Median Income: $21,228
Median Home Value: $77,045

2. Holston Hills

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 4,628
Median Income: $39,073
Median Home Value: $90,304

3. Halls Crossroads

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 566
Median Income: $40,770
Median Home Value: $121,249

4. Forest Heights

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 957
Median Income: $55,661
Median Home Value: $255,731

5. Bearden

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 4,215
Median Income: $87,724
Median Home Value: $255,731

6. Rocky Hill

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 2,135
Median Income: $78,104
Median Home Value: $187,957

7. Beaumont

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 818
Median Income: $23,489
Median Home Value: $64,378

8. Lakemoor Hills

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 1,934
Median Income: $74,274
Median Home Value: $454,418

9. Deane Hill

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 6,908
Median Income: $72,576
Median Home Value: $241,037

10. Old City

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Knoxville

Population: 2,887
Median Income: $25,421
Median Home Value: $68,199

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 Knoxville Neighborhoods

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

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