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 places don’t quite measure up to Little Rock’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Little Rock according to data:
- Upper Baseline
- Big Dickinson Lake
- East Of I-30
- Central High
- Oak Forest
- South End
- 65th Street West
- 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.
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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.
1. Upper Baseline
Median Income: $24,268
Median Home Value: $70,514
2. Big Dickinson Lake
Median Income: $25,202
Median Home Value: $82,400
3. East Of I-30
Median Income: $30,622
Median Home Value: $75,840
4. Central High
Median Income: $22,016
Median Home Value: $81,550
Median Income: $27,809
Median Home Value: $74,350
6. Oak Forest
Median Income: $25,760
Median Home Value: $68,282
7. South End
Median Income: $29,309
Median Home Value: $77,771
8. 65Th Street West
Median Income: $38,538
Median Home Value: $84,675
Median Income: $26,160
Median Home Value: $78,258
10. South Geyer Springs
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
|2||Big Dickinson Lake||1,048|
|3||East Of I-30||3,239|
|8||65Th Street West||3,904|
|10||South Geyer Springs||3,036|
|16||Otter Creek Crystal||6,441|