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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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 ten places don’t quite measure up to Madison’s reputation:

  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.

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 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.

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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

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

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