The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Lincoln For 2021


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Lincoln 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 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Lincoln.
Worst Neighborhoods In Lincoln

Lincoln'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 Lincoln.

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 Lincoln. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.

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

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

We examined 41 of Lincoln's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Lincoln's reputation.

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Lincoln for 2021? According to the most recent census data, North Bottoms looks to be the worst neighborhood in Lincoln.

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

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Lincoln For 2021

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Population: 769
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $68,100 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $29,375 (6th worst)
More on North Bottoms:  Data

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Population: 2,976
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $82,825 (5th worst)
Median Income: $33,252 (9th worst)
More on South Salt Creek:  Data

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Population: 4,447
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $75,640 (4th worst)
Median Income: $31,872 (7th worst)
More on Hartley:  Data

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5
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Population: 1,146
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $63,200 (worst)
Median Income: $41,250 (13th worst)
More on Tri-Court:  Data

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5
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Population: 5,125
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $89,900 (7th worst)
Median Income: $28,720 (5th worst)
More on Clinton:  Data

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6
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Population: 9,943
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $99,036 (9th worst)
Median Income: $27,557 (4th worst)
More on Near South:  Data

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5
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Population: 4,484
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $111,400 (14th worst)
Median Income: $43,969 (14th worst)
More on Belmont:  Data

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5
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Population: 3,513
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $70,650 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $25,510 (3rd worst)
More on Everett:  Data

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Population: 2,795
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $104,333 (11th worst)
Median Income: $24,399 (2nd worst)
More on Malone:  Data

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Population: 3,246
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $119,175 (15th worst)
Median Income: $37,672 (10th worst)
More on Woods Park:  Data

How we determined the worst Lincoln 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 Lincoln:

  • 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 Lincoln, Nebraska 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 Lincoln.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Lincoln to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 41 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 Lincoln that are really hoods

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Lincoln with North Bottoms landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Lincoln aren't all bad. Family Acres takes the cake as the best place to live in Lincoln.

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

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Lincoln For 2021?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 North Bottoms 769 $68,100 $29,375
2 South Salt Creek 2,976 $82,825 $33,252
3 Hartley 4,447 $75,640 $31,872
4 Tri-Court 1,146 $63,200 $41,250
5 Clinton 5,125 $89,900 $28,720
6 Near South 9,943 $99,036 $27,557
7 Belmont 4,484 $111,400 $43,969
8 Everett 3,513 $70,650 $25,510
9 Malone 2,795 $104,333 $24,399
10 Woods Park 3,246 $119,175 $37,672
11 Downtown 5,004 $85,100 $20,412
12 East Campus 2,023 $124,125 $45,412
13 Antelope Park 912 $109,700 $44,446
14 Arnold Heights 1,930 $92,650 $44,034
15 University Place 11,525 $102,362 $40,963
16 South 48th Street 5,242 $133,581 $50,415
17 Sunset Acres 1,380 $178,400 $38,268
18 Far South 160 $139,300 $50,000
19 West A 9,627 $111,317 $56,911
20 Salt Valley View 122 $141,500 $68,313
21 Landons 1,584 $134,300 $45,889
22 Indian Village 3,244 $129,125 $53,282
23 Eastridge 1,720 $162,425 $49,176
24 Greater South 3,297 $135,040 $60,980
25 40th And A 4,085 $129,900 $56,031
26 Yankee Hill 313 $172,400 $100,341
27 Capitol Beach 1,420 $143,100 $58,979
28 Autumn Wood 755 $138,800 $32,146
29 Meadowlane 4,917 $131,000 $58,562
30 Amber Hills 152 $249,300 $107,756
31 Southern Hills 501 $212,300 $72,770
32 High Ridge-Cushman 1,742 $143,800 $71,654
33 Porter Ridge 1,158 $218,900 $95,680
34 Maple Village-Wedgewood 858 $160,450 $76,160
35 Taylor Park 527 $165,700 $51,991
36 Highlands 5,657 $153,800 $73,363
37 Colonial Hills 3,312 $165,125 $68,592
38 Bishop Park 500 $180,500 $70,833
39 Country Club 5,080 $189,825 $91,167
40 Crown Pointe 712 $220,400 $82,955
41 Family Acres 9,068 $261,433 $102,353