The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Miami For 2022

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

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Miami'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 Miami.

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 Miami. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.

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

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

We examined 13 of Miami's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Miami's reputation.

The Worst Neighborhoods In Miami For 2022

  1. Overtown
  2. Model City
  3. Little Haiti
  4. Allapattah
  5. Wynwood

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Miami for 2022? According to the most recent census data, Overtown looks to be the worst neighborhood in Miami.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Miami 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 Miami.

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Worst Neighborhoods In Miami

The 5 Worst Neighborhoods In Miami For 2022

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Population: 9,640
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $103,747 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $19,558 (worst)
More on Overtown:  Data

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Population: 25,023
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $94,396 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $24,443 (3rd worst)
More on Model City:  Data

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Population: 33,229
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $88,621 (worst)
Median Income: $26,753 (5th worst)
More on Little Haiti:  Data

Little Haiti Miami, FL

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Population: 48,321
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $107,909 (4th worst)
Median Income: $23,663 (2nd worst)
More on Allapattah:  Data

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Population: 17,923
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $156,805 (7th worst)
Median Income: $53,417 (10th worst)
More on Wynwood:  Data

Wynwood Miami, FL

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Methodology: How we determined the worst Miami neighborhoods in 2022

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 Miami:

  • 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 Miami, Florida 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 Miami.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Miami 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.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Miami

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Miami with Overtown landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Miami aren't all bad. Coral Way takes the cake as the best place to live in Miami.

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

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Miami For 2022?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Overtown 9,640 $103,747 $19,558
2 Model City 25,023 $94,396 $24,443
3 Little Haiti 33,229 $88,621 $26,753
4 Allapattah 48,321 $107,909 $23,663
5 Wynwood 17,923 $156,805 $53,417
6 Upper Eastside 7,725 $341,260 $51,180
7 Little Havana 56,682 $116,936 $24,491
8 South Coconut Grove 7,956 $538,740 $83,666
9 West Flagler 49,734 $229,267 $31,236
10 Flagami 59,021 $151,929 $30,687
11 Downtown 30,065 $273,208 $71,374
12 North Coconut Grove 10,440 $592,500 $99,136
13 Coral Way 59,189 $311,115 $49,574

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 2022. This is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Miami.

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.