Long Beach’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 Long Beach.
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 Long Beach. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Long Beach neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Long Beach hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Long Beach area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Park Estates ranks way above the rest.
We examined 27 of Long Beach’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Long Beach’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Long Beach according to data:
- Airport Area
- Poly High District
- North Long Beach
- West Side
- North West Long Beach
- City Of Signal Hill
So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Long Beach for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Wilmington looks to be the worst neighborhood in Long Beach.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Long Beach 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 Long Beach.
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How we determined the worst Long Beach hoods in 2019
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 Long Beach:
- 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 Long Beach, California 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 Long Beach.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Long Beach 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.
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $103,800 (1st worst)
Median Income: $36,858 (1st worst)
More on Wilmington: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $132,750 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $52,282 (5th worst)
More on Airport Area: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $245,927 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $40,620 (3rd worst)
More on Downtown: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $297,411 (8th worst)
Median Income: $39,432 (2nd worst)
More on Poly High District: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $247,317 (4th worst)
Median Income: $53,128 (6th worst)
More on Wrigley: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $285,992 (6th worst)
Median Income: $52,199 (4th worst)
More on North Long Beach: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $273,829 (5th worst)
Median Income: $54,794 (8th worst)
More on West Side: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $317,288 (9th worst)
Median Income: $55,268 (9th worst)
More on North West Long Beach: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $295,029 (7th worst)
Median Income: $63,499 (11th worst)
More on City Of Signal Hill: Data
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $353,200 (10th worst)
Median Income: $87,500 (18th worst)
More on Dominguez: Data
The ‘hoods around Long Beach that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Long Beach with Wilmington landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Long Beach aren’t all bad. Park Estates takes the cake as the best place to live in Long Beach.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Long Beach For 2019
|4||Poly High District||31,628|
|6||North Long Beach||82,907|
|8||North West Long Beach||10,728|
|9||City Of Signal Hill||10,207|
|17||State College Area||9,427|
|18||El Dorado Park||5,378|
|20||Los Cerritos Area||7,391|
|25||City College Area||10,097|