Memphis’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 Memphis.
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 Memphis. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Memphis neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Memphis hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Memphis area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Windyke-Southwind ranks way above the rest.
We examined 13 of Memphis’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Memphis’s reputation.
Here are the 5 worst neighborhoods in Memphis according to data:
- Shelby Forest-Frayser
- Parkway Village-Oakhaven
- White Haven-Coro Lake
- Berclair-Highland Heights
Read on to see how we determined the places around Memphis 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 Memphis 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 Memphis:
- 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 Memphis 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 Memphis.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Memphis to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 13 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. Shelby Forest-Frayser
Median Income: $26,850
Median Home Value: $59,187
2. Parkway Village-Oakhaven
Median Income: $33,334
Median Home Value: $66,275
Median Income: $25,584
Median Home Value: $65,883
4. White Haven-Coro Lake
Median Income: $34,756
Median Home Value: $74,687
5. Berclair-Highland Heights
Median Income: $29,284
Median Home Value: $56,197
The ‘hoods around Memphis that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Memphis with Shelby Forest-Frayser landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Memphis aren’t all bad. Windyke-Southwind takes the cake as the best place to live in Memphis.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Worst Memphis Neighborhoods
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