The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Las Vegas, NV

The most dangerous and worst Las Vegas neighborhoods are Umc and West Las Vegas for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Worst Neighborhoods In Las Vegas
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Las Vegas’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 Las Vegas.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in Nevada thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Las Vegas. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.

So the question arises, which Las Vegas neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science to determine which Las Vegas hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Las Vegas area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Sheep Mountain ranks way above the rest.

We examined 26 of Las Vegas’s neighborhoods to find out the most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Las Vegas’s reputation.

Table Of Contents: Top 10 | Methodology | Summary | Table

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Las Vegas For 2024

  1. Umc
  2. West Las Vegas
  3. Charleston Heights
  4. Cultural Corridor
  5. Rancho Charleston
  6. Pioneer Park
  7. Angel Park Lindell
  8. Downtown East
  9. Sunrise
  10. Michael Way

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Las Vegas for 2024? According to the most recent census data, Umc looks to be the worst neighborhood in Las Vegas.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Las Vegas that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Las Vegas For 2024

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Population: 3,994
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 774
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,241
Median Home Value: $70,160 (worst)
Median Income: $34,737 (4th worst)
More on Umc:  Data

Ultimate Military Conflict? No, don’t worry…this might rank as the number 1 worst neighborhood in Las Vegas for 2024, but it isn’t that bad. Uncovered Mammary Celebration? Well, this is Las Vegas, but the town still has some standards.

Nope…the UMC that gives this area its name comes from the University Medical Center. The hospital campus dominates the southern part of this neighborhood, along with the Valley Hospital Medical Center.

Located west of downtown, on the other side of I-15, UMC suffers from significant economic problems. This is most obvious in the unemployment rate, which tracks at 10.6%. However, you can also see the financial pinch in the predominance of low-paying gigs in the area. The median income sits at just $34,737.

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Population: 20,794
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 3,154
Property Crime Per 100k: 11,005
Median Home Value: $175,140 (8th worst)
Median Income: $34,789 (5th worst)
More on West Las Vegas:  Data

West Las Vegas is bounded by I-15 on the east and N. Rancho Dr. to the west. Head a little further to the northwest and you’ll reach the airport. That means that most of the millions of visitors who stream to Vegas every year pass by West Las Vegas on their way to The Strip. Their plane lands, and they speed by the neighborhood in a rush to get to the glitzy hotels.

That’s probably the best policy. Staying in West Las Vegas could prove a major mistake. Just ask the people who live there…folks who slog through a depressing economic situation. High unemployment and low wages make it difficult for these locals to pay their bills.

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Population: 38,504
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,461
Property Crime Per 100k: 6,770
Median Home Value: $120,190 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $47,170 (9th worst)
More on Charleston Heights:  Data

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Population: 13,853
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 838
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,513
Median Home Value: $186,355 (9th worst)
Median Income: $32,829 (3rd worst)
More on Cultural Corridor:  Data

A cultural corridor? In Las Vegas? Like where showgirls present poetry readings about blackjack? Where magicians stage modernist interpretations of Shakespeare plays?

Well, not quite. But you will find the Neon Museum, plus the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. You have to give Sin City credit for trying to add a little high-minded entertainment.

For the people who live in this area, the extra layer of culture doesn’t do much good. They have other concerns…like how they are going to make rent. That’s a real worry too, when the unemployment rate is 5.3% and the median income only reaches $32,829.

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Population: 37,405
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,184
Property Crime Per 100k: 10,323
Median Home Value: $203,500 (10th worst)
Median Income: $54,675 (15th worst)
More on Rancho Charleston:  Data

The east side of Rancho Charleston runs up against I-15, a short drive away from the northern end of The Strip. There, you’ll find a string of fast-food places and some stereotypical Vegas attractions, like the Palace Station Race & Sports Book. Meanwhile, the west side of the neighborhood plays home to a series of discount store, including the Fantastic Indoor Swap Meet.

Fast food and swap meets. That pretty much sums it up. Compared to some of the other spots on this list, the median income is actually pretty high. But the unemployment rate remains elevated, meaning locals often have trouble landing those strong-paying gigs.

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Population: 14,970
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 665
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,243
Median Home Value: $142,775 (5th worst)
Median Income: $53,788 (13th worst)
More on Pioneer Park:  Data

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Population: 13,653
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 617
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,434
Median Home Value: $153,210 (6th worst)
Median Income: $53,273 (11th worst)
More on Angel Park Lindell:  Data

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Population: 8,135
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 844
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,537
Median Home Value: $119,050 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $28,524 (2nd worst)
More on Downtown East:  Data

Downtown East contains the Las Vegas Detention Center. With those guys as your neighbors, you know something’s off about the area.

Following a curve in the I-545, the neighborhood has a relatively good location. As the name implies, it sits just east of the downtown area. That means a quick drive will get you to sights like the Fremont Street Experience or the SlotZilla Zipline.

Still, an occasional fun night out doesn’t make up for the day-to-day struggles that the locals face. The unemployment rate hits 3.4%, while the median income sits below $25,000. No wonder some desperate residents end up living in the detention center for a bit.

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Population: 17,856
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,535
Property Crime Per 100k: 6,051
Median Home Value: $161,646 (7th worst)
Median Income: $40,863 (7th worst)
More on Sunrise:  Data

Visiting Las Vegas, you might be awake for a lot of sunrises. In fact, you might not sleep at all. Even so, given that casinos lack of windows, you might never actually see the sun peak over the horizon.

Another Sunrise you might not want to see: this neighborhood. If you know a few things about science, it won’t surprise you that Sunrise sits on the far eastern edge of Las Vegas.

Like so many entries on this list, it ranks as the number 9 worst area in Las Vegas because of its economy. The median income comes in at $40,863, while the unemployment rate hits 4.7%.

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Population: 52,421
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,390
Property Crime Per 100k: 6,406
Median Home Value: $203,972 (11th worst)
Median Income: $50,869 (10th worst)
More on Michael Way:  Data

Michael Way isn’t a person. It’s a street. The moniker also happens to refer to the number 10 worst neighborhood in Las Vegas for 2024.

The asphalt version of Michael Way provides one of the main north-south transportation arteries in this section of northwest Las Vegas. The neighborhood sits just west of the airport. It’s always a red flag when you live near the airport. It means you couldn’t afford a place further away from the fumes and noise.

It’s no different in Vegas. Residents in Michael Way enjoy relatively cheap housing. But they also deal with unimpressive incomes and a high unemployment rate.

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Las Vegas neighborhoods in 2024

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 plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Las Vegas:

  • High crime (Estimated)
  • 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)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Las Vegas, Nevada for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criterion into a “Worst Score.”

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Las Vegas.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2024. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Las Vegas.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 26 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Las Vegas

Well, there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Las Vegas with Umc landing at the bottom of the pack.

The worst neighborhoods in Las Vegas are Umc, West Las Vegas, Charleston Heights, Cultural Corridor, Rancho Charleston, Pioneer Park, Angel Park Lindell, Downtown East, Sunrise, and Michael Way.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Las Vegas aren’t all bad. Sheep Mountain takes the cake as the best place to live in Las Vegas.

The best neighborhoods in Las Vegas are Sheep Mountain, Kyle Canyon, The Lakes, Summerlin North, and Lone Mountain.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Las Vegas For 2024?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Umc 3,994 $70,160 $34,737
2 West Las Vegas 20,794 $175,140 $34,789
3 Charleston Heights 38,504 $120,190 $47,170
4 Cultural Corridor 13,853 $186,355 $32,829
5 Rancho Charleston 37,405 $203,500 $54,675
6 Pioneer Park 14,970 $142,775 $53,788
7 Angel Park Lindell 13,653 $153,210 $53,273
8 Downtown East 8,135 $119,050 $28,524
9 Sunrise 17,856 $161,646 $40,863
10 Michael Way 52,421 $203,972 $50,869
11 Downtown 11,866 $234,860 $26,475
12 Meadows Village 3,624 $231,867 $41,786
13 Buffalo 16,522 $404,673 $57,905
14 Twin Lakes 11,869 $242,750 $61,487
15 East Las Vegas 33,308 $139,690 $37,761
16 Huntridge 15,837 $211,321 $53,903
17 North Cheyenne 42,143 $264,984 $74,903
18 Centennial Hills 64,968 $307,993 $88,613
19 Sun City Summerlin 12,542 $228,717 $53,685
20 Desert Shores 15,716 $325,064 $75,824
21 Tule Springs 20,467 $317,367 $97,984
22 Lone Mountain 57,527 $300,316 $89,429
23 Summerlin North 56,533 $366,115 $99,809
24 The Lakes 31,420 $392,762 $76,928
25 Kyle Canyon 26,776 $359,609 $93,659
26 Sheep Mountain 23,815 $369,238 $103,116
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.