These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In New Orleans For 2018


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

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Worst Neighborhoods In New Orleans

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:

  1. Desire
  2. Viavant-Venetian Isles
  3. Fischer Dev
  4. Tulane-Gravier
  5. Florida
  6. West Lake Forest
  7. Dixon
  8. Village De L’est
  9. Whitney
  10. 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.

1. Desire

Population: 2,274
Median Income: $14,674
Median Home Value: $52,825

2. Viavant-Venetian Isles

Population: 802
Median Income: $17,059
Median Home Value: $82,800

3. Fischer Dev

Population: 1,016
Median Income: $20,302
Median Home Value: $30,800

4. Tulane-Gravier

Population: 3,237
Median Income: $19,628
Median Home Value: $101,600

5. Florida

Population: 1,243
Median Income: $20,630
Median Home Value: $79,357

6. West Lake Forest

Population: 4,031
Median Income: $24,921
Median Home Value: $104,550

7. Dixon

Population: 1,374
Median Income: $18,154
Median Home Value: $103,100

8. Village De L’Est

Population: 8,827
Median Income: $33,314
Median Home Value: $99,971

9. Whitney

Population: 2,368
Median Income: $28,916
Median Home Value: $107,100

10. Lower 9Th Ward

Population: 3,366
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

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Desire 2,274 $14,674 $52,825
2 Viavant-Venetian Isles 802 $17,059 $82,800
3 Fischer Dev 1,016 $20,302 $30,800
4 Tulane-Gravier 3,237 $19,628 $101,600
5 Florida 1,243 $20,630 $79,357
6 West Lake Forest 4,031 $24,921 $104,550
7 Dixon 1,374 $18,154 $103,100
8 Village De L’Est 8,827 $33,314 $99,971
9 Whitney 2,368 $28,916 $107,100
10 Lower 9Th Ward 3,366 $29,700 $94,000
11 Pines Village 3,352 $29,903 $137,500
12 Treme’ Lafitte 4,710 $19,136 $127,460
13 Gert Town 3,822 $15,684 $139,080
14 Us Naval Base 2,147 $34,798 $83,067
15 Gentilly Woods 2,970 $36,453 $130,625
16 Behrman 8,716 $28,279 $109,750
17 Holly Grove 5,321 $20,847 $110,780
18 Saint Roch 5,751 $23,889 $120,388
19 Seventh Ward 11,027 $23,093 $130,583
20 Read Blvd West 5,056 $28,061 $142,925
21 Saint Bernard Area 1,974 $25,774 $106,033
22 Mcdonogh 2,274 $24,684 $125,750
23 Pontchartrain Park 1,915 $35,920 $154,300
24 Saint Claude 6,197 $25,181 $149,393
25 Saint Anthony 3,675 $29,469 $150,300
26 Holy Cross 3,005 $26,190 $104,714
27 Plum Orchard 4,189 $28,595 $118,914
28 Central City 13,454 $21,828 $142,648
29 Dillard 4,606 $40,414 $143,675
30 Little Woods 30,512 $31,863 $166,592
31 Tall Timbers-Brechtel 12,821 $47,856 $134,278
32 Bywater 3,234 $41,854 $178,400
33 Milneburg 3,857 $40,085 $157,138
34 Milan 5,180 $30,311 $159,345
35 Fairgrounds 5,446 $35,916 $188,462
36 Mid-City 14,194 $31,548 $181,555
37 Read Blvd East 8,721 $56,300 $195,383
38 Saint Thomas 2,002 $24,179 $188,667
39 Leonidas 7,303 $36,010 $194,846
40 Gentilly Terrace 9,519 $43,264 $166,215
41 Central Business District 2,254 $41,622 $209,040
42 Fillmore 5,423 $55,474 $201,775
43 Bayou Saint John 3,550 $36,389 $247,240
44 City Park 2,821 $46,318 $225,550
45 Old Aurora 16,284 $57,322 $156,336
46 New Aurora-English Turn 5,817 $73,525 $237,633
47 Lake Catherine 622 $60,859 $216,400
48 West End 3,830 $56,925 $197,320
49 Freret 1,460 $35,662 $203,333
50 Navarre 2,649 $52,700 $254,267
51 Broadmoor 6,381 $40,884 $250,489
52 Irish Channel 3,623 $53,983 $232,720
53 East Riverside 3,245 $49,184 $260,920
54 Lake Terrace And Oaks 1,494 $103,386 $368,300
55 West Riverside 5,086 $52,136 $341,186
56 Lower Garden District 6,837 $63,445 $338,900
57 Black Pearl 1,490 $44,131 $369,750
58 Lakewood 1,754 $115,391 $443,567
59 Lake Shore-Lake Vista 2,767 $120,214 $406,400
60 Garden District 1,950 $114,015 $562,600
61 Lakeview 7,788 $85,042 $338,764
62 East Carollton 4,103 $49,670 $342,025
63 Algeirs Point 2,622 $55,412 $260,833
64 Marigny 2,727 $49,570 $320,875
65 Marlyville-Fontainebleau 6,431 $70,337 $306,812
66 French Quarter 3,282 $69,561 $484,500
67 Audubon 16,162 $98,106 $520,211
68 Touro 3,070 $54,283 $523,133
69 Uptown 6,477 $72,795 $393,750

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