These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Mesa For 2019


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Mesa 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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Mesa.
Worst Neighborhoods In Mesa

Mesa’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 Mesa.

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

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

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

We examined 23 of Mesa’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Mesa’s reputation.

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

  1. Sunland Village East
  2. Superstition Springs
  3. Sunland Village
  4. Apache Wells
  5. Glenwood-Wilbur
  6. Red Mountain Ranch
  7. Rancho del Mar
  8. Northgrove
  9. Downtown
  10. Mesa Grande

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Mesa for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Sunland Village East looks to be the worst neighborhood in Mesa.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Mesa 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 Mesa hoods in 2019

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 Mesa:

  • 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 Mesa, Arizona 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 Mesa.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Mesa to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 23 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. Sunland Village East

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Mesa

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Population: 1,379
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $190,841 (8th worst)
Median Income: $62,094 (11th worst)

2. Superstition Springs

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Mesa

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Population: 5,530
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $190,841 (8th worst)
Median Income: $53,295 (8th worst)

3. Sunland Village

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Mesa

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Population: 2,563
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $199,643 (11th worst)
Median Income: $42,883 (4th worst)

4. Apache Wells

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Mesa

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Population: 1,445
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $209,154 (14th worst)
Median Income: $3,007,045 (22nd worst)

5. Glenwood-Wilbur

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Mesa

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Population: 284
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $143,043 (1st worst)
Median Income: $29,329 (1st worst)

6. Red Mountain Ranch

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Mesa

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Population: 2,353
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $224,326 (16th worst)
Median Income: $71,092 (14th worst)

7. Rancho Del Mar

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Mesa

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Population: 500
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $173,034 (5th worst)
Median Income: $54,452 (9th worst)

8. Northgrove

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Mesa

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Population: 1,987
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $416,540 (22nd worst)
Median Income: $7,983,126 (23rd worst)

9. Downtown

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Mesa

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Population: 2,377
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $143,064 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $33,724 (2nd worst)

10. Mesa Grande

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Mesa

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Population: 8,617
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $148,554 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $45,524 (6th worst)

The ‘hoods around Mesa that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Mesa with Sunland Village East landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Mesa aren’t all bad. Lehi takes the cake as the best place to live in Mesa.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Mesa For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Sunland Village East 1,379 $190,841 $62,094
2 Superstition Springs 5,530 $190,841 $53,295
3 Sunland Village 2,563 $199,643 $42,883
4 Apache Wells 1,445 $209,154 $3,007,045
5 Glenwood-Wilbur 284 $143,043 $29,329
6 Red Mountain Ranch 2,353 $224,326 $71,092
7 Rancho Del Mar 500 $173,034 $54,452
8 Northgrove 1,987 $416,540 $7,983,126
9 Downtown 2,377 $143,064 $33,724
10 Mesa Grande 8,617 $148,554 $45,524
11 Ridgeview 900 $255,609 $88,878
12 Alta Mesa 7,971 $239,452 $60,862
13 Marlborough Mesa 1,524 $182,471 $66,121
14 Heritage Park 510 $214,448 $44,903
15 Crismon Creek 423 $201,964 $93,977
16 Dobson Ranch 11,657 $230,332 $62,994
17 Northeast 4,071 $544,266 $95,862
18 Dobson Woods 3,454 $199,495 $72,016
19 C.a.n.d.o. 2,651 $172,030 $35,982
20 Parkwood Ranch 2,818 $183,194 $76,872
21 The Groves 5,555 $405,759 $106,534
22 North Center Street 2,250 $204,655 $47,460
23 Lehi 8,424 $369,367 $80,903