These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Modesto For 2018


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

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Modesto’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 Modesto.

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 Modesto. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

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

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

We examined 15 of Modesto’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Modesto’s reputation:

  1. Robertson Road
  2. Downtown
  3. South Side
  4. O. G. Southside
  5. West Side
  6. Central Modesto
  7. Riverdale Park
  8. Airport
  9. North Side
  10. Bret Harte

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

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How we determined the worst Modesto 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 Modesto:

  • 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 Modesto 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 Modesto.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Modesto to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 15 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. Robertson Road

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Modesto

Population: 660
Median Income: $31,531
Median Home Value: $92,882

2. Downtown

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Modesto

Population: 2,920
Median Income: $33,428
Median Home Value: $111,490

3. South Side

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Modesto

Population: 16,501
Median Income: $37,005
Median Home Value: $148,680

4. O. G. Southside

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Modesto

Population: 3,112
Median Income: $31,167
Median Home Value: $126,688

5. West Side

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Modesto

Population: 37,321
Median Income: $42,411
Median Home Value: $136,903

6. Central Modesto

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Modesto

Population: 28,826
Median Income: $44,128
Median Home Value: $235,823

7. Riverdale Park

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Modesto

Population: 1,136
Median Income: $43,919
Median Home Value: $211,597

8. Airport

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Modesto

Population: 6,346
Median Income: $43,977
Median Home Value: $249,954

9. North Side

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Modesto

Population: 59,290
Median Income: $55,754
Median Home Value: $249,710

10. Bret Harte

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Modesto

Population: 10,269
Median Income: $47,265
Median Home Value: $158,774

The ‘hoods around Modesto that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Modesto with Robertson Road landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Modesto aren’t all bad. Coffee-Sylvan takes the cake as the best place to live in Modesto.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Modesto Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Robertson Road 1 660 $31,531 $92,882
Downtown 2 2,920 $33,428 $111,490
South Side 3 16,501 $37,005 $148,680
O. G. Southside 4 3,112 $31,167 $126,688
West Side 5 37,321 $42,411 $136,903
Central Modesto 6 28,826 $44,128 $235,823
Riverdale Park 7 1,136 $43,919 $211,597
Airport 8 6,346 $43,977 $249,954
North Side 9 59,290 $55,754 $249,710
Bret Harte 10 10,269 $47,265 $158,774
Northwest Modesto 11 45,124 $55,578 $253,670
Shackelford 12 1,269 $38,954 $126,692
Northeast Modesto 13 49,592 $61,161 $287,995
East Modesto 14 81,048 $57,710 $268,355
Coffee-Sylvan 15 981 $53,105 $296,389

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