The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Memphis, TN

The most dangerous and worst Memphis neighborhoods are Parkway Village-Oakhaven and Shelby Forest-Frayser for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Worst Neighborhoods In Memphis
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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 Tennessee thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Memphis. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.

So the question arises, which Memphis neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science 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 River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral ranks way above the rest.

We examined 13 of Memphis’s neighborhoods to find out the most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Memphis’s reputation.

Table Of Contents: Top 10 | Methodology | Summary | Table

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Memphis For 2024

  1. Parkway Village-Oakhaven
  2. Shelby Forest-Frayser
  3. White Haven-Coro Lake
  4. Downtown
  5. Berclair-Highland Heights
  6. Raleigh
  7. Midtown
  8. Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale
  9. Eads-Fisherville
  10. East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Memphis for 2024? According to the most recent census data, Parkway Village-Oakhaven looks to be the worst neighborhood in Memphis.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Memphis that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Memphis For 2024

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 38,591
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 3,415
Property Crime Per 100k: 7,117
Median Home Value: $74,096 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $37,738 (4th worst)
More on Parkway Village-Oakhaven:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 34,345
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 3,014
Property Crime Per 100k: 6,014
Median Home Value: $63,796 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $30,093 (2nd worst)
More on Shelby Forest-Frayser:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 87,467
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,592
Property Crime Per 100k: 5,887
Median Home Value: $78,449 (4th worst)
Median Income: $39,603 (5th worst)
More on White Haven-Coro Lake:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 48,022
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 3,800
Property Crime Per 100k: 7,671
Median Home Value: $112,443 (7th worst)
Median Income: $30,027 (worst)
More on Downtown:  Data

Berclair-Highland Heights Memphis, TN

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 32,735
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,982
Property Crime Per 100k: 6,813
Median Home Value: $61,048 (worst)
Median Income: $32,973 (3rd worst)
More on Berclair-Highland Heights:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 58,688
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,042
Property Crime Per 100k: 5,442
Median Home Value: $81,134 (5th worst)
Median Income: $41,580 (7th worst)
More on Raleigh:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 61,886
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,967
Property Crime Per 100k: 6,541
Median Home Value: $128,531 (8th worst)
Median Income: $40,518 (6th worst)
More on Midtown:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 66,172
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,804
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,133
Median Home Value: $105,147 (6th worst)
Median Income: $49,911 (8th worst)
More on Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 3,796
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 297
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,111
Median Home Value: $154,400 (10th worst)
Median Income: $54,588 (9th worst)
More on Eads-Fisherville:  Data

East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire Memphis, TN

Source: Wikipedia User | GFDL
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 104,210
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,984
Property Crime Per 100k: 5,038
Median Home Value: $147,292 (9th worst)
Median Income: $60,304 (10th worst)
More on East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire:  Data

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Memphis neighborhoods in 2024

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 plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Memphis:

  • High crime (Estimated)
  • 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)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criterion into a “Worst Score.”

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Memphis.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2024. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Memphis.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 13 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Memphis

Well, there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Memphis with Parkway Village-Oakhaven landing at the bottom of the pack.

The worst neighborhoods in Memphis are Parkway Village-Oakhaven, Shelby Forest-Frayser, White Haven-Coro Lake, Downtown, Berclair-Highland Heights, Raleigh, Midtown, Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale, Eads-Fisherville, and East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Memphis aren’t all bad. River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral takes the cake as the best place to live in Memphis.

The best neighborhoods in Memphis are River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral, Cordova-Appling, Windyke-Southwind, East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire, and Eads-Fisherville.

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

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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Memphis For 2024?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Parkway Village-Oakhaven 38,591 $74,096 $37,738
2 Shelby Forest-Frayser 34,345 $63,796 $30,093
3 White Haven-Coro Lake 87,467 $78,449 $39,603
4 Downtown 48,022 $112,443 $30,027
5 Berclair-Highland Heights 32,735 $61,048 $32,973
6 Raleigh 58,688 $81,134 $41,580
7 Midtown 61,886 $128,531 $40,518
8 Hickory Ridge-South Riverdale 66,172 $105,147 $49,911
9 Eads-Fisherville 3,796 $154,400 $54,588
10 East Memphis-Colonial-Yorkshire 104,210 $147,292 $60,304
11 Windyke-Southwind 2,234 $286,500 $119,571
12 Cordova-Appling 70,645 $168,247 $68,405
13 River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral 44,686 $184,124 $82,462
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

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