These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Little Rock For 2018


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

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Little Rock’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 Little Rock.

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 Little Rock. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

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

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

We examined 27 of Little Rock’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Little Rock’s reputation:

  1. Upper Baseline
  2. Big Dickinson Lake
  3. East Of I-30
  4. Central High
  5. Wakefield
  6. Oak Forest
  7. South End
  8. 65Th Street West
  9. Stephens
  10. South Geyer Springs

Read on to see how we determined the places around Little Rock 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.

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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How we determined the worst Little Rock 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 Little Rock:

  • 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 Little Rock 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 Little Rock.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Little Rock to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 27 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.

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1. Upper Baseline

Population: 9,072
Median Income: $24,268
Median Home Value: $70,514

2. Big Dickinson Lake

Population: 1,048
Median Income: $25,202
Median Home Value: $82,400

3. East Of I-30

Population: 3,239
Median Income: $30,622
Median Home Value: $75,840

4. Central High

Population: 2,342
Median Income: $22,016
Median Home Value: $81,550

5. Wakefield

Population: 4,343
Median Income: $27,809
Median Home Value: $74,350

6. Oak Forest

Population: 7,484
Median Income: $25,760
Median Home Value: $68,282

7. South End

Population: 4,067
Median Income: $29,309
Median Home Value: $77,771

8. 65Th Street West

Population: 3,904
Median Income: $38,538
Median Home Value: $84,675

9. Stephens

Population: 4,979
Median Income: $26,160
Median Home Value: $78,258

10. South Geyer Springs

Population: 3,036
Median Income: $32,360
Median Home Value: $112,900

The ‘hoods around Little Rock that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Little Rock with Upper Baseline landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Little Rock aren’t all bad. Heights takes the cake as the best place to live in Little Rock.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Little Rock Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Upper Baseline 1 9,072 $24,268 $70,514
Big Dickinson Lake 2 1,048 $25,202 $82,400
East Of I-30 3 3,239 $30,622 $75,840
Central High 4 2,342 $22,016 $81,550
Wakefield 5 4,343 $27,809 $74,350
Oak Forest 6 7,484 $25,760 $68,282
South End 7 4,067 $29,309 $77,771
65Th Street West 8 3,904 $38,538 $84,675
Stephens 9 4,979 $26,160 $78,258
South Geyer Springs 10 3,036 $32,360 $112,900
Chicot West 11 7,507 $41,839 $91,886
Boyle Park 12 4,170 $39,667 $101,917
Westwood-Pecan Lake 13 4,855 $47,751 $131,680
John Barrow 14 12,991 $41,175 $103,308
Cloverdale Watson 15 5,907 $33,057 $88,067
Otter Creek Crystal 16 6,441 $49,425 $117,760
Downtown 17 6,379 $31,739 $155,600
Briarwood 18 2,684 $48,166 $118,050
Capital View-Stiff 19 2,977 $42,939 $145,700
West Markham 20 2,986 $55,120 $147,300
Walnut Valley 21 7,972 $45,540 $124,629
Midtown 22 8,542 $57,136 $179,886
Reservoir 23 7,745 $56,921 $174,133
Hillcrest 24 5,764 $68,136 $206,717
River Mountain 25 13,383 $108,286 $267,500
Rock Creek 26 13,942 $81,757 $211,457
Heights 27 5,541 $77,326 $341,929

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