These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Milwaukee For 2018


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

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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 ten places don’t quite measure up to Milwaukee’s reputation:

  1. Haymarket
  2. Havenwoods
  3. Metcalfe Park
  4. Hillside
  5. Fairfield
  6. Grover Heights
  7. Dretzka Park
  8. Hilltop Parish
  9. King Park
  10. 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.

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 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.

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1. Haymarket

Population: 550
Median Income: $17,778
Median Home Value: $39,550

2. Havenwoods

Population: 1,142
Median Income: $26,516
Median Home Value: $72,100

3. Metcalfe Park

Population: 2,435
Median Income: $20,698
Median Home Value: $63,625

4. Hillside

Population: 1,613
Median Income: $19,088
Median Home Value: $50,167

5. Fairfield

Population: 2,660
Median Income: $28,151
Median Home Value: $75,680

6. Grover Heights

Population: 372
Median Income: $19,564
Median Home Value: $100,000

7. Dretzka Park

Population: 631
Median Income: $25,024
Median Home Value: $83,200

8. Hilltop Parish

Population: 330
Median Income: $27,068
Median Home Value: $84,600

9. King Park

Population: 2,162
Median Income: $19,246
Median Home Value: $57,040

10. Triangle North

Population: 1,599
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

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Haymarket 1 550 $17,778 $39,550
Havenwoods 2 1,142 $26,516 $72,100
Metcalfe Park 3 2,435 $20,698 $63,625
Hillside 4 1,613 $19,088 $50,167
Fairfield 5 2,660 $28,151 $75,680
Grover Heights 6 372 $19,564 $100,000
Dretzka Park 7 631 $25,024 $83,200
Hilltop Parish 8 330 $27,068 $84,600
King Park 9 2,162 $19,246 $57,040
Triangle North 10 1,599 $25,735 $91,020
Park West 11 6,624 $21,558 $60,064
Baran Park 12 752 $26,816 $83,250
Walnut Hill 13 2,275 $23,652 $66,750
North Division 14 6,726 $24,325 $68,033
Garden Homes 15 2,557 $26,244 $71,900
Clock Tower Acres 16 903 $27,211 $85,300
Borchert Field 17 4,128 $23,077 $59,383
Merrill Park 18 2,928 $21,244 $63,417
Harambee 19 11,608 $22,493 $76,971
Washington Park 20 4,431 $24,989 $65,433
Brynwood 21 1,272 $31,188 $63,000
Halyard Park 22 703 $23,806 $115,550
Sherman Park 23 6,911 $26,676 $80,435
Franklin Heights 24 7,244 $24,555 $59,670
Graceland 25 2,692 $31,416 $91,850
Old North Milwaukee 26 10,796 $27,618 $74,567
Midtown 27 7,019 $28,033 $70,062
Park View 28 400 $14,940 $88,800
Martin Drive 29 1,463 $30,073 $91,850
Williamsburg 30 3,222 $28,239 $85,380
Arlington Heights 31 4,534 $22,479 $59,383
Triangle 32 804 $37,544 $93,400
Valhalla 33 4,023 $29,641 $60,925
Roosevelt Grove 34 5,652 $28,775 $82,955
North Meadows 35 2,072 $25,599 $131,850
Lincoln Park 36 5,092 $29,951 $85,386
Historic Mitchell Street 37 11,328 $24,387 $74,555
Rufus King 38 4,125 $28,446 $88,571
Menomonee River Hills East 39 3,384 $41,210 $100,925
Mcgovern Park 40 3,608 $37,367 $79,650
Menomonee River Valley 41 2,350 $28,452 $89,986
Walker’S Point 42 6,876 $28,545 $99,262
Cold Spring Park 43 2,414 $19,628 $102,533
Freedom Village 44 209 $33,235 $81,700
Muskego Way 45 11,811 $25,256 $72,892
Dineen Park 46 3,900 $29,727 $104,020
Whispering Hills 47 250 $33,235 $81,700
Lincoln Village 48 12,330 $25,726 $90,942
Avenues West 49 8,843 $19,669 $25,323
Mitchell Park 50 118 $13,706 $181,700
Veterans Affairs 51 256 $13,706 $181,700
Granville Woods 52 337 $33,235 $81,700
Lincoln Creek 53 7,613 $35,118 $79,633
Clarke Square 54 7,512 $24,456 $84,550
Silver Swan 55 3,367 $32,510 $99,800
Hampton Heights 56 7,896 $32,995 $82,214
Servite Woods 57 1,029 $42,882 $59,600
Grasslyn Manor 58 4,813 $34,005 $108,820
Northridge 59 1,792 $25,258 $122,750
Concordia 60 3,430 $18,220 $126,725
Town And Country Manor 61 1,516 $37,485 $114,433
Forest Home Hills 62 5,884 $30,880 $96,350
Silver Spring 63 12,771 $33,595 $88,893
Land Bank 64 2,186 $41,511 $94,500
Silver City 65 4,730 $33,058 $93,740
Northridge Lakes 66 2,232 $21,714 $128,600
Saint Joseph 67 6,023 $33,742 $113,592
Granville Station 68 1,785 $45,960 $120,033
Southgate 69 2,375 $36,392 $92,750
North Granville 70 2,481 $26,772 $157,800
Mitchell West 71 3,535 $40,965 $112,825
Wahl Park 72 2,278 $43,959 $87,167
Thurston Woods 73 3,526 $32,998 $91,740
Holler Park 74 520 $51,625 $122,200
National Park 75 2,341 $30,053 $100,125
Sunset Heights 76 4,436 $34,653 $116,986
Timmerman West 77 5,267 $36,796 $110,100
Timmerman Airport 78 503 $45,665 $126,200
Tripoli Park 79 570 $50,559 $122,300
Parkway Hills 80 930 $32,660 $130,150
Kilbourn Town 81 3,748 $41,881 $56,250
Vogel Park 82 2,372 $35,534 $125,367
Grantosa 83 1,299 $45,614 $103,700
Maple Tree 84 1,213 $37,125 $152,200
Lenox Heights 85 1,978 $33,768 $129,220
Burnham Park 86 8,268 $36,004 $97,233
Uptown 87 6,803 $35,447 $106,300
Miller Valley 88 1,460 $47,576 $130,300
Polonia 89 6,636 $35,936 $118,962
Heritage Heights 90 1,952 $37,125 $152,200
Capitol Heights 91 6,632 $45,530 $101,391
Brown Deer Park 92 1,400 $50,559 $122,300
Wyrick Park 93 1,760 $39,330 $119,100
Layton Park 94 8,800 $41,080 $110,400
Columbus Park 95 4,382 $41,795 $102,683
Wilson Park 96 3,930 $34,915 $114,925
Little Menomonee Parkway 97 1,033 $35,290 $137,550
Lindsay Park 98 4,933 $36,184 $121,220
New Coeln 99 92 $37,059 $136,500
Arlington Gardens 100 2,633 $36,764 $112,625
Fair Park 101 1,485 $42,024 $127,067
Zoo 102 649 $39,714 $135,900
Southpoint 103 3,165 $38,333 $134,600
Ridgeview 104 595 $23,448 $160,900
Bradley Estates 105 1,668 $57,580 $112,467
Florist Highlands 106 1,255 $42,698 $156,300
Park Knoll 107 685 $50,398 $139,950
Woodland Court 108 654 $41,441 $156,200
Menomonee River Hills 109 8,506 $44,408 $125,662
Estabrook Park 110 715 $32,314 $178,400
Riverton Heights 111 487 $60,050 $145,600
Morgandale 112 8,727 $45,576 $130,140
Johnson’S Woods 113 2,736 $41,759 $127,400
Castle Manor 114 3,478 $41,357 $147,940
Jones’ Island 115 603 $44,654 $131,700
Enderis Park 116 3,012 $40,787 $141,017
Bluemound Heights 117 3,707 $42,495 $128,043
Mitchell Field 118 1,782 $45,830 $148,200
Hawley Farms 119 1,446 $42,499 $118,500
Saint Amelian’S 120 1,624 $45,407 $106,100
Pheasant Run 121 1,931 $52,805 $131,300
Long View 122 3,097 $46,002 $102,525
Cannon Park 123 2,074 $46,528 $140,700
Mount Olivet 124 822 $36,769 $194,300
The Valley-Pigsville 125 428 $55,666 $140,600
Pollber Heights 126 99 $50,464 $160,900
Root Creek 127 1,807 $55,067 $127,000
Melody View 128 143 $50,464 $160,900
Menomonee River Parkway 129 502 $44,643 $125,400
Calumet Farms 130 1,151 $61,658 $234,500
Park Place 131 1,163 $61,658 $234,500
Maitland Park 132 712 $55,467 $144,600
Rolling Green 133 2,045 $41,441 $156,200
Story Hill 134 1,776 $47,746 $169,375
Honey Creek Parkway 135 889 $51,714 $139,700
Mill Valley 136 838 $65,000 $132,800
Jackson Park 137 7,640 $46,859 $153,082
Cambridge Heights 138 2,053 $32,865 $226,260
Harbor View 139 1,070 $47,787 $145,733
Clayton Crest 140 1,895 $54,864 $166,350
Saveland Park 141 1,220 $59,442 $145,800
Nash Park 142 2,479 $49,425 $120,067
Copernicus Park 143 1,468 $49,983 $155,100
Kops Park 144 3,198 $57,407 $126,900
White Manor 145 1,933 $50,393 $145,233
Hawthorne Glen 146 260 $48,250 $156,400
Historic Third Ward 147 940 $79,643 $115,500
Tippecanoe 148 6,120 $56,206 $147,378
Town Of Lake 149 5,370 $57,998 $145,883
Fairview 150 3,714 $51,926 $140,157
Lyons Park 151 1,621 $55,708 $129,200
Riverwest 152 11,996 $38,680 $159,800
Honey Creek Manor 153 2,863 $43,884 $133,700
Brewer’S Hill 154 2,180 $39,910 $167,750
Alcott Park 155 1,724 $67,302 $176,150
Bay View 156 15,247 $54,759 $149,796
Morgan Heights 157 1,793 $67,302 $176,150
River Bend 158 1,496 $49,963 $146,650
Goldman Park 159 2,119 $57,681 $153,350
Wick Field 160 645 $48,250 $156,400
West View 161 2,009 $49,410 $158,900
Mack Acres 162 282 $79,427 $193,500
College Heights 163 930 $62,616 $138,600
Golden Gate 164 405 $79,427 $193,500
Valley Forge 165 191 $57,391 $175,200
Green Moor 166 626 $58,384 $161,500
Highwood Estates 167 1,948 $38,665 $150,050
Euclid Park 168 1,785 $44,485 $165,600
Alverno 169 1,082 $50,344 $221,300
Gra-Ram 170 2,345 $52,332 $160,333
Riverside Park 171 2,516 $35,214 $212,433
Yankee Hill 172 3,262 $38,993 $152,700
Golden Valley 173 2,660 $61,355 $143,917
Mount Mary 174 1,911 $75,394 $160,850
Cooper Park 175 3,224 $63,129 $156,900
Harder’S Oaks 176 484 $55,500 $173,300
Wedgewood 177 1,452 $69,696 $178,650
Washington Heights 178 6,914 $63,497 $150,910
Upper East Side 179 3,253 $57,226 $294,550
Murray Hill 180 4,031 $44,403 $292,638
Fernwood 181 2,630 $60,260 $174,040
Red Oak Heights 182 986 $71,944 $195,400
Schlitz Park 183 463 $64,750 $232,800
Juneau Town 184 5,330 $54,999 $220,483
Northpoint 185 5,174 $61,377 $302,400
Lower East Side 186 11,164 $44,892 $188,825
Downer Woods 187 4,405 $63,620 $312,175

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