These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Lincoln For 2018


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

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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 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:

  1. North Bottoms
  2. Tri-Court
  3. Downtown
  4. Everett
  5. Malone
  6. Arnold Heights
  7. Clinton
  8. Hartley
  9. South Salt Creek
  10. Belmont

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

Population: 684
Median Income: $29,327
Median Home Value: $76,800

2. Tri-Court

Population: 1,385
Median Income: $36,792
Median Home Value: $69,650

3. Downtown

Population: 5,357
Median Income: $19,124
Median Home Value: $61,975

4. Everett

Population: 4,051
Median Income: $20,692
Median Home Value: $73,417

5. Malone

Population: 2,826
Median Income: $26,745
Median Home Value: $73,400

6. Arnold Heights

Population: 1,826
Median Income: $42,725
Median Home Value: $91,500

7. Clinton

Population: 5,218
Median Income: $27,020
Median Home Value: $90,200

8. Hartley

Population: 4,206
Median Income: $30,836
Median Home Value: $78,300

9. South Salt Creek

Population: 3,270
Median Income: $34,489
Median Home Value: $88,350

10. Belmont

Population: 4,465
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

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 North Bottoms 684 $29,327 $76,800
2 Tri-Court 1,385 $36,792 $69,650
3 Downtown 5,357 $19,124 $61,975
4 Everett 4,051 $20,692 $73,417
5 Malone 2,826 $26,745 $73,400
6 Arnold Heights 1,826 $42,725 $91,500
7 Clinton 5,218 $27,020 $90,200
8 Hartley 4,206 $30,836 $78,300
9 South Salt Creek 3,270 $34,489 $88,350
10 Belmont 4,465 $41,667 $112,440
11 Woods Park 3,338 $35,445 $88,100
12 Near South 9,531 $30,740 $94,393
13 West A 8,964 $52,562 $107,100
14 East Campus 2,297 $40,948 $126,025
15 Antelope Park 983 $46,071 $111,650
16 University Place 10,379 $36,910 $98,231
17 South 48Th Street 5,365 $47,336 $134,100
18 Salt Valley View 129 $65,714 $137,700
19 Sunset Acres 1,396 $39,433 $159,000
20 Landons 1,500 $48,233 $134,600
21 Autumn Wood 660 $34,545 $127,700
22 Far South 146 $53,750 $139,700
23 Capitol Beach 1,612 $59,246 $169,600
24 High Ridge-Cushman 1,787 $72,815 $141,100
25 Meadowlane 4,772 $55,475 $127,400
26 Eastridge 1,535 $48,050 $167,000
27 Indian Village 3,203 $54,833 $123,800
28 Greater South 3,069 $67,345 $132,360
29 40Th And A 3,911 $56,939 $130,183
30 Taylor Park 478 $51,364 $164,100
31 Maple Village-Wedgewood 725 $68,578 $148,900
32 Highlands 5,921 $83,533 $152,133
33 Yankee Hill 342 $111,324 $156,650
34 Southern Hills 491 $74,140 $208,000
35 Amber Hills 127 $106,595 $244,500
36 Colonial Hills 3,488 $72,643 $151,925
37 Bishop Park 451 $72,404 $157,800
38 Porter Ridge 1,091 $85,455 $212,600
39 Crown Pointe 780 $93,250 $216,100
40 Bicentennial Estates 774 $88,750 $159,200
41 Yankee Ridge 102 $123,293 $308,400
42 Country Club 5,273 $89,273 $179,212
43 Family Acres 8,139 $100,882 $246,733

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