Milwaukee’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 Milwaukee.
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 Milwaukee. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Milwaukee neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Milwaukee hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Milwaukee area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Downer Woods ranks way above the rest.
We examined 187 of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Milwaukee’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Milwaukee according to data:
- Metcalfe Park
- Grover Heights
- Dretzka Park
- Hilltop Parish
- King Park
- Triangle North
Read on to see how we determined the places around Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee.
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How we determined the worst Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee:
- 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 Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Milwaukee to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 187 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.
Median Income: $17,778
Median Home Value: $39,550
Median Income: $26,516
Median Home Value: $72,100
3. Metcalfe Park
Median Income: $20,698
Median Home Value: $63,625
Median Income: $19,088
Median Home Value: $50,167
Median Income: $28,151
Median Home Value: $75,680
6. Grover Heights
Median Income: $19,564
Median Home Value: $100,000
7. Dretzka Park
Median Income: $25,024
Median Home Value: $83,200
8. Hilltop Parish
Median Income: $27,068
Median Home Value: $84,600
9. King Park
Median Income: $19,246
Median Home Value: $57,040
10. Triangle North
Median Income: $25,735
Median Home Value: $91,020
The ‘hoods around Milwaukee that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Milwaukee with Haymarket landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Milwaukee aren’t all bad. Downer Woods takes the cake as the best place to live in Milwaukee.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Worst Milwaukee Neighborhoods
|16||Clock Tower Acres||903|
|26||Old North Milwaukee||10,796|
|37||Historic Mitchell Street||11,328|
|39||Menomonee River Hills East||3,384|
|41||Menomonee River Valley||2,350|
|43||Cold Spring Park||2,414|
|61||Town And Country Manor||1,516|
|62||Forest Home Hills||5,884|
|92||Brown Deer Park||1,400|
|97||Little Menomonee Parkway||1,033|
|109||Menomonee River Hills||8,506|
|129||Menomonee River Parkway||502|
|135||Honey Creek Parkway||889|
|147||Historic Third Ward||940|
|149||Town Of Lake||5,370|
|153||Honey Creek Manor||2,863|
|179||Upper East Side||3,253|
|182||Red Oak Heights||986|
|186||Lower East Side||11,164|