These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Miami For 2018


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 Downtown ranks way above the rest.

We examined 14 of Miami’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Miami’s reputation:

  1. Model City
  2. Overtown
  3. Allapattah
  4. Little Haiti
  5. Wynwood
  6. Flagami
  7. Little Havana
  8. West Flagler
  9. South Coconut Grove
  10. Upper Eastside

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.

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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How we determined the worst Miami 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 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 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 14 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.

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1. Model City

Population: 23,878
Median Income: $22,945
Median Home Value: $87,738

2. Overtown

Population: 9,673
Median Income: $19,049
Median Home Value: $85,500

3. Allapattah

Population: 48,531
Median Income: $23,386
Median Home Value: $113,134

4. Little Haiti

Population: 32,375
Median Income: $25,699
Median Home Value: $121,093

5. Wynwood

Population: 16,519
Median Income: $46,652
Median Home Value: $109,552

6. Flagami

Population: 56,446
Median Income: $29,092
Median Home Value: $134,571

7. Little Havana

Population: 53,761
Median Income: $24,359
Median Home Value: $125,671

8. West Flagler

Population: 46,764
Median Income: $30,443
Median Home Value: $205,248

9. South Coconut Grove

Population: 7,644
Median Income: $86,182
Median Home Value: $505,010

10. Upper Eastside

Population: 8,100
Median Income: $48,772
Median Home Value: $342,033

The ‘hoods around Miami that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Miami with Model City landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Miami aren’t all bad. Downtown 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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Detailed List Of The Worst Miami Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Model City 1 23,878 $22,945 $87,738
Overtown 2 9,673 $19,049 $85,500
Allapattah 3 48,531 $23,386 $113,134
Little Haiti 4 32,375 $25,699 $121,093
Wynwood 5 16,519 $46,652 $109,552
Flagami 6 56,446 $29,092 $134,571
Little Havana 7 53,761 $24,359 $125,671
West Flagler 8 46,764 $30,443 $205,248
South Coconut Grove 9 7,644 $86,182 $505,010
Upper Eastside 10 8,100 $48,772 $342,033
Coral Way 11 59,005 $44,668 $263,264
Islands 12 100 $170,500 $333,334
North Coconut Grove 13 10,098 $97,016 $518,518
Downtown 14 27,347 $58,249 $227,639

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