The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Mesa, AZ

The most dangerous and worst Mesa neighborhoods are Glenwood-Wilbur and Downtown for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

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

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

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science 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 most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Mesa’s reputation.

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

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Mesa For 2024

  1. Glenwood-Wilbur
  2. Downtown
  3. Sunland Village East
  4. Rancho del Mar
  5. Mesa Grande
  6. Crismon Creek
  7. Superstition Springs
  8. Parkwood Ranch
  9. C.A.N.D.O.
  10. Heritage Park

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Mesa for 2024? According to the most recent census data, Glenwood-Wilbur 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.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Mesa For 2024

1. Glenwood-Wilbur

Population: 284

Median Home Value: $143,043 (worst)
Median Income: $29,329 (worst)

2. Downtown

Population: 2,377

Median Home Value: $143,064 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $33,724 (2nd worst)

3. Sunland Village East

Population: 1,379

Median Home Value: $190,841 (8th worst)
Median Income: $62,094 (11th worst)

4. Rancho del Mar

Population: 500

Median Home Value: $173,034 (5th worst)
Median Income: $54,452 (9th worst)

5. Mesa Grande

Population: 8,617

Median Home Value: $148,554 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $45,524 (6th worst)

6. Crismon Creek

Population: 423

Median Home Value: $201,964 (12th worst)
Median Income: $93,977 (19th worst)

7. Superstition Springs

Population: 5,530

Median Home Value: $190,841 (8th worst)
Median Income: $53,295 (8th worst)

8. Parkwood Ranch

Population: 2,818

Median Home Value: $183,194 (7th worst)
Median Income: $76,872 (16th worst)

9. C.A.N.D.O.

Population: 2,651

Median Home Value: $172,030 (4th worst)
Median Income: $35,982 (3rd worst)

10. Heritage Park

Population: 510

Median Home Value: $214,448 (15th worst)
Median Income: $44,903 (5th worst)

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Mesa 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 Mesa:

  • 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 Mesa, Arizona 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 Mesa.

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 Mesa.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 23 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Mesa

Well, there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Mesa with Glenwood-Wilbur landing at the bottom of the pack.

The worst neighborhoods in Mesa are Glenwood-Wilbur, Downtown, Sunland Village East, Rancho del Mar, Mesa Grande, Crismon Creek, Superstition Springs, Parkwood Ranch, C.A.N.D.O., and Heritage Park.

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

The best neighborhoods in Mesa are Lehi, Northgrove, The Groves, Dobson Woods, and Ridgeview.

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

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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Mesa For 2024?

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

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.