The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Madison For 2021


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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Madison.
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 101 of Madison's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Madison's reputation.

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Madison for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Vera Court looks to be the worst neighborhood in Madison.

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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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Madison For 2021

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Population: 129
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $149,000 (8th worst)
Median Income: $30,769 (8th worst)
More on Vera Court:  Data

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5
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Population: 98
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $164,200 (17th worst)
Median Income: $48,688 (33rd worst)
More on East Bluff:  Data

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Population: 1,079
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $169,950 (24th worst)
Median Income: $37,174 (14th worst)
More on Mayfair Park:  Data

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4
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Population: 327
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $105,100 (4th worst)
Median Income: $40,880 (24th worst)
More on Park Ridge:  Data

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4
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Population: 712
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $145,700 (6th worst)
Median Income: $29,219 (6th worst)
More on Worthington Park:  Data

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5
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Population: 1,120
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $152,250 (9th worst)
Median Income: $34,401 (12th worst)
More on Hawthorne:  Data

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4
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Population: 580
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $149,000 (8th worst)
Median Income: $30,769 (8th worst)
More on Nobel Park:  Data

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5
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Population: 1,286
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $159,250 (14th worst)
Median Income: $38,199 (19th worst)
More on Carpenter-Ridgeway:  Data

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4
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Population: 1,081
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $59,600 (worst)
Median Income: $28,102 (5th worst)
More on Bram's Addition:  Data

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4
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Population: 66
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $209,300 (50th worst)
Median Income: $26,429 (2nd worst)
More on Brittingham Apartments:  Data

How we determined the worst Madison hoods in 2021

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, Wisconsin 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 101 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.

The 'hoods around Madison that are really hoods

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Madison with Vera Court 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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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Madison For 2021?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Vera Court 129 $149,000 $30,769
2 East Bluff 98 $164,200 $48,688
3 Mayfair Park 1,079 $169,950 $37,174
4 Park Ridge 327 $105,100 $40,880
5 Worthington Park 712 $145,700 $29,219
6 Hawthorne 1,120 $152,250 $34,401
7 Nobel Park 580 $149,000 $30,769
8 Carpenter-Ridgeway 1,286 $159,250 $38,199
9 Bram's Addition 1,081 $59,600 $28,102
10 Brittingham Apartments 66 $209,300 $26,429
11 Clarendon Hills 177 $167,600 $37,176
12 Eken Park 1,841 $158,300 $41,852
13 Bayview 118 $209,300 $26,429
14 Leopold 2,263 $98,400 $27,788
15 Burke Heights 493 $189,800 $37,026
16 Moorland-Rimrock 2,073 $169,900 $43,382
17 Brentwood Village 889 $171,200 $40,905
18 Sherman Terrace 230 $96,300 $33,200
19 Norman Acres 356 $167,600 $37,176
20 Berkley Oaks 778 $175,600 $32,070
21 Whitetail Ridge 456 $175,600 $32,070
22 Sherman 2,712 $154,267 $45,648
23 East Buckeye 511 $216,200 $75,607
24 High Crossing 426 $171,100 $70,167
25 Westchester Gardens 987 $191,500 $71,042
26 Capitol 26,162 $107,322 $26,626
27 Emerson East 1,535 $175,350 $43,317
28 Mendota Hills 144 $205,800 $66,979
29 Lake View Hill 1,743 $156,600 $39,728
30 Sheridan Triangle 325 $171,200 $40,905
31 Bluff Acres 3,557 $163,850 $44,698
32 Lerdahl Park 478 $219,750 $69,598
33 Burr Oaks 3,954 $205,650 $38,660
34 Broadway-Lakepoint 797 $186,900 $56,681
35 Eastmorland 2,469 $158,800 $62,229
36 Glendale 2,244 $179,233 $48,999
37 Highland Manor 410 $171,500 $55,556
38 Waunona 1,727 $186,900 $56,681
39 Lake Edge 2,267 $179,133 $51,310
40 Marbella 145 $208,100 $64,310
41 Heistand 3,482 $181,150 $45,097
42 Ridgewood 2,609 $196,050 $59,423
43 Greentree 2,033 $176,250 $65,565
44 Prairie Hills 2,660 $166,667 $60,294
45 Dunn's Marsh 4,480 $167,900 $37,268
46 Wexford Ridge 175 $267,600 $58,359
47 Rolling Meadows 2,028 $179,700 $71,252
48 Sherman Village 2,275 $163,733 $58,090
49 Allied Community 4,480 $167,900 $37,268
50 Indian Springs 381 $171,500 $55,556
51 Meadowood 2,460 $195,880 $65,893
52 High Point Estates 1,198 $241,950 $69,041
53 Tamarack Trails Community 404 $286,300 $71,680
54 Greenbush 2,955 $257,900 $39,294
55 Arbor Hills 1,004 $256,650 $69,910
56 Vanchamasshe 103 $298,900 $106,806
57 Junction Ridge 691 $375,100 $83,240
58 Tenney-Lapham 4,740 $264,533 $51,115
59 North Lake Mendota 744 $233,700 $72,216
60 Elvehjem 3,609 $187,400 $79,550
61 Spring Harbor 1,884 $258,750 $70,634
62 Reston Heights 1,174 $224,100 $77,901
63 Skyview Meadows 480 $205,500 $84,526
64 Faircrest 1,115 $242,450 $72,780
65 University Apartments 852 $363,600 $39,087
66 Bay Creek 2,467 $248,950 $57,574
67 Heritage Heights 2,180 $198,267 $76,411
68 Midvale Heights Community 2,926 $239,600 $84,269
69 Westhaven Trails 1,224 $217,000 $98,384
70 Oakbridge Community 976 $245,300 $71,481
71 Mcclellan Park 2,193 $221,100 $75,385
72 Old Middleton Greenway 387 $304,750 $72,483
73 Schenk-Atwood 3,815 $232,720 $59,647
74 Blackhawk 444 $375,100 $83,240
75 Sunset Hills 203 $298,900 $106,806
76 Radio Park 203 $298,900 $106,806
77 Marquette 6,993 $277,183 $59,736
78 Wisconsin Co-Op Housing 298 $276,800 $81,250
79 Sauk Creek 1,428 $275,150 $78,240
80 Glen Oak Hills 706 $230,300 $90,721
81 Orchard Ridge Community 2,526 $225,600 $67,383
82 Summit Woods 726 $259,000 $64,837
83 Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahar 5,496 $232,720 $59,647
84 Woodland Hills 381 $334,500 $119,911
85 Walnut Grove 1,154 $286,300 $71,680
86 Sunset Village 1,741 $283,975 $80,260
87 Vilas 2,646 $289,450 $62,260
88 Country Grove 864 $248,200 $101,711
89 Hill Farms-University Neighborh 3,267 $274,000 $73,024
90 Hawk's Landing 748 $425,800 $113,164
91 Parkwood Hills 1,558 $287,600 $96,877
92 Maple-Prairie 1,656 $223,900 $71,506
93 Glacier Ridge 1,293 $248,200 $101,711
94 Stonefield Woods-Ridge 183 $334,500 $119,911
95 Stone Meadows 1,014 $223,500 $107,112
96 Nakoma League 1,526 $334,433 $95,864
97 Highlands Community 594 $334,500 $119,911
98 Regent 6,315 $436,460 $65,433
99 Wexford 2,590 $247,950 $81,566
100 Westmorland 2,290 $259,200 $84,087
101 Dudgeon-Monroe 2,932 $366,567 $103,218