New Orleans’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 New Orleans.
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 New Orleans. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which New Orleans neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which New Orleans hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the New Orleans area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Uptown ranks way above the rest.
We examined 69 of New Orleans’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to New Orleans’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in New Orleans according to data:
- Viavant-Venetian Isles
- Fischer Dev
- West Lake Forest
- Village De L’est
- Lower 9th Ward
Read on to see how we determined the places around New Orleans 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 New Orleans.
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How we determined the worst New Orleans 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 New Orleans:
- 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 New Orleans 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 New Orleans.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around New Orleans to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 69 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: $14,674
Median Home Value: $52,825
2. Viavant-Venetian Isles
Median Income: $17,059
Median Home Value: $82,800
3. Fischer Dev
Median Income: $20,302
Median Home Value: $30,800
Median Income: $19,628
Median Home Value: $101,600
Median Income: $20,630
Median Home Value: $79,357
6. West Lake Forest
Median Income: $24,921
Median Home Value: $104,550
Median Income: $18,154
Median Home Value: $103,100
8. Village De L’Est
Median Income: $33,314
Median Home Value: $99,971
Median Income: $28,916
Median Home Value: $107,100
10. Lower 9Th Ward
Median Income: $29,700
Median Home Value: $94,000
The ‘hoods around New Orleans that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in New Orleans with Desire landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in New Orleans aren’t all bad. Uptown takes the cake as the best place to live in New Orleans.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Worst New Orleans Neighborhoods
|6||West Lake Forest||4,031|
|8||Village De L’Est||8,827|
|10||Lower 9Th Ward||3,366|
|14||Us Naval Base||2,147|
|20||Read Blvd West||5,056|
|21||Saint Bernard Area||1,974|
|37||Read Blvd East||8,721|
|41||Central Business District||2,254|
|43||Bayou Saint John||3,550|
|46||New Aurora-English Turn||5,817|
|54||Lake Terrace And Oaks||1,494|
|56||Lower Garden District||6,837|
|59||Lake Shore-Lake Vista||2,767|