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 43 of Lincoln’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Lincoln’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Lincoln according to data:
- North Bottoms
- Arnold Heights
- South Salt Creek
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.
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How we determined the worst Lincoln 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 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 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 43 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. North Bottoms
Median Income: $29,327
Median Home Value: $76,800
Median Income: $36,792
Median Home Value: $69,650
Median Income: $19,124
Median Home Value: $61,975
Median Income: $20,692
Median Home Value: $73,417
Median Income: $26,745
Median Home Value: $73,400
6. Arnold Heights
Median Income: $42,725
Median Home Value: $91,500
Median Income: $27,020
Median Home Value: $90,200
Median Income: $30,836
Median Home Value: $78,300
9. South Salt Creek
Median Income: $34,489
Median Home Value: $88,350
Median Income: $41,667
Median Home Value: $112,440
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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Detailed List Of The Worst Lincoln Neighborhoods
|9||South Salt Creek||3,270|
|17||South 48Th Street||5,365|
|18||Salt Valley View||129|
|29||40Th And A||3,911|