These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Madison For 2018


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

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Worst Neighborhoods In Madison

Madison’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 Madison.

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 Madison. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

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

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

We examined 103 of Madison’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Madison’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Madison according to data:

  1. Capitol View Heights
  2. Vera Court
  3. Bram’s Addition
  4. Park Ridge
  5. Whitetail Ridge
  6. Berkley Oaks
  7. Nobel Park
  8. Sherman Terrace
  9. Worthington Park
  10. East Bluff

Read on to see how we determined the places around Madison 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 Madison.

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How we determined the worst Madison 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 Madison:

  • 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 Madison 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 Madison.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Madison to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 103 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. Capitol View Heights

Population: 132
Median Income: $28,356
Median Home Value: $145,600

2. Vera Court

Population: 138
Median Income: $28,869
Median Home Value: $144,300

3. Bram’S Addition

Population: 970
Median Income: $29,945
Median Home Value: $140,500

4. Park Ridge

Population: 319
Median Income: $38,594
Median Home Value: $119,500

5. Whitetail Ridge

Population: 362
Median Income: $26,750
Median Home Value: $170,900

6. Berkley Oaks

Population: 616
Median Income: $26,750
Median Home Value: $170,900

7. Nobel Park

Population: 622
Median Income: $28,869
Median Home Value: $144,300

8. Sherman Terrace

Population: 243
Median Income: $36,563
Median Home Value: $94,800

9. Worthington Park

Population: 764
Median Income: $30,625
Median Home Value: $142,000

10. East Bluff

Population: 96
Median Income: $42,826
Median Home Value: $162,400

The ‘hoods around Madison that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Madison with Capitol View Heights landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Madison aren’t all bad. Dudgeon-Monroe takes the cake as the best place to live in Madison.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Madison Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Capitol View Heights 132 $28,356 $145,600
2 Vera Court 138 $28,869 $144,300
3 Bram’S Addition 970 $29,945 $140,500
4 Park Ridge 319 $38,594 $119,500
5 Whitetail Ridge 362 $26,750 $170,900
6 Berkley Oaks 616 $26,750 $170,900
7 Nobel Park 622 $28,869 $144,300
8 Sherman Terrace 243 $36,563 $94,800
9 Worthington Park 764 $30,625 $142,000
10 East Bluff 96 $42,826 $162,400
11 Brittingham Apartments 77 $26,250 $208,300
12 Mayfair Park 1,004 $40,532 $167,900
13 Clarendon Hills 165 $40,938 $170,700
14 Bayview 137 $26,250 $208,300
15 Burke Heights 424 $39,576 $189,300
16 Lake View Hill 1,745 $35,848 $153,350
17 Carpenter-Ridgeway 978 $38,725 $161,900
18 Sheridan Triangle 340 $34,355 $166,900
19 Eken Park 2,133 $37,602 $144,850
20 Norman Acres 332 $40,938 $170,700
21 Hawthorne 1,028 $37,994 $152,950
22 Moorland-Rimrock 2,163 $38,600 $174,850
23 Sherman 2,413 $39,859 $146,767
24 Leopold 2,408 $31,023 $114,400
25 Indian Springs 369 $45,806 $175,800
26 Brentwood Village 932 $34,355 $166,900
27 Highland Manor 397 $45,806 $175,800
28 Capitol 24,798 $23,220 $94,289
29 Dunn’S Marsh 3,797 $39,012 $159,350
30 Allied Community 3,797 $39,012 $159,350
31 Mendota Hills 137 $65,694 $198,000
32 Eastmorland 2,626 $60,810 $157,267
33 Lake Edge 2,204 $52,378 $177,000
34 Sherman Village 2,371 $54,514 $164,667
35 Ridgewood 2,641 $59,905 $200,650
36 Broadway-Lakepoint 811 $62,292 $195,650
37 Bluff Acres 3,386 $45,788 $179,100
38 Cherokee Park 100 $65,804 $172,800
39 Burr Oaks 3,885 $35,582 $208,800
40 East Buckeye 494 $71,123 $207,000
41 Lerdahl Park 459 $62,222 $215,650
42 Emerson East 1,615 $39,954 $173,350
43 Greentree 1,963 $63,984 $179,300
44 Glendale 2,216 $48,448 $182,367
45 Prairie Hills 2,600 $54,989 $175,000
46 Waunona 1,845 $62,292 $195,650
47 Heistand 3,275 $44,617 $185,200
48 Wexford Ridge 186 $46,875 $272,400
49 High Crossing 412 $71,953 $193,100
50 Rolling Meadows 2,070 $64,895 $181,050
51 North Lake Mendota 720 $58,750 $233,300
52 Skyview Meadows 605 $70,637 $204,650
53 Marbella 149 $64,524 $239,400
54 Meadowood 2,317 $62,641 $199,640
55 Country Grove 884 $84,167 $238,900
56 Tamarack Trails Community 374 $59,922 $260,750
57 Greenbush 2,861 $38,000 $257,400
58 Glacier Ridge 1,322 $84,167 $238,900
59 Schenk-Atwood 3,984 $63,473 $214,380
60 Bay Creek 2,373 $56,467 $213,350
61 Westchester Gardens 868 $85,120 $199,900
62 Heritage Heights 2,042 $78,888 $190,700
63 High Point Estates 1,059 $82,836 $215,050
64 Elvehjem 3,699 $78,219 $195,567
65 Walnut Grove 1,183 $59,922 $260,750
66 Reston Heights 821 $72,169 $224,200
67 Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahar 5,739 $63,473 $214,380
68 Westhaven Trails 1,133 $81,608 $207,300
69 Midvale Heights Community 2,990 $80,323 $232,833
70 Spring Harbor 1,859 $61,574 $234,200
71 Orchard Ridge Community 2,721 $62,864 $223,000
72 Old Middleton Greenway 411 $60,720 $272,250
73 Mcclellan Park 1,811 $71,731 $218,200
74 Tenney-Lapham 4,443 $52,099 $250,833
75 Vanchamasshe 112 $91,635 $307,700
76 University Apartments 853 $36,413 $450,000
77 Faircrest 1,142 $74,352 $252,800
78 Sauk Creek 1,222 $68,866 $231,650
79 Sunset Hills 220 $91,635 $307,700
80 Radio Park 220 $91,635 $307,700
81 Oakbridge Community 867 $64,764 $214,200
82 Wisconsin Co-Op Housing 304 $84,180 $266,200
83 Arbor Hills 1,011 $80,852 $248,000
84 Blackhawk 427 $82,717 $355,100
85 Junction Ridge 664 $82,717 $355,100
86 Summit Woods 698 $63,519 $237,500
87 Marquette 6,637 $60,958 $263,033
88 Glen Oak Hills 649 $83,571 $232,900
89 Hill Farms-University Neighborh 3,006 $70,715 $259,500
90 Vilas 2,008 $59,287 $333,600
91 Sunset Village 1,672 $80,212 $284,450
92 Westmorland 2,307 $77,837 $247,300
93 Stonefield Woods-Ridge 193 $114,917 $298,000
94 Parkwood Hills 1,527 $99,137 $298,700
95 Maple-Prairie 1,624 $72,721 $225,000
96 Woodland Hills 404 $114,917 $298,000
97 Hawk’S Landing 720 $109,659 $444,300
98 Highlands Community 630 $114,917 $298,000
99 Stone Meadows 1,017 $82,411 $238,000
100 Wexford 2,577 $89,590 $238,100
101 Nakoma League 1,442 $96,729 $309,533
102 Regent 6,841 $66,741 $421,880
103 Dudgeon-Monroe 2,562 $90,963 $333,933

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