These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In New Orleans For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in New Orleans.
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 Audubon 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. Tulane-Gravier
  4. Pines Village
  5. Florida
  6. Fischer Dev
  7. Lower 9th Ward
  8. Dixon
  9. West Lake Forest
  10. Treme’ Lafitte

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in New Orleans for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Desire looks to be the worst neighborhood in New Orleans.

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 in 2019

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, Louisiana 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.

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Population: 2,629
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $26,725 (1st worst)
Median Income: $16,345 (2nd worst)
More on Desire:  Data

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Population: 983
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $93,750 (7th worst)
Median Income: $14,722 (1st worst)
More on Viavant-Venetian Isles:  Data

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Population: 3,437
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $70,620 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $19,298 (5th worst)
More on Tulane-Gravier:  Data

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Population: 3,187
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $119,375 (15th worst)
Median Income: $20,048 (7th worst)
More on Pines Village:  Data

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Population: 1,427
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $85,386 (4th worst)
Median Income: $17,125 (4th worst)
More on Florida:  Data

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Population: 1,061
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $95,667 (8th worst)
Median Income: $21,098 (9th worst)
More on Fischer Dev:  Data

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Population: 3,636
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $104,867 (10th worst)
Median Income: $25,937 (17th worst)
More on Lower 9th Ward:  Data

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Population: 1,458
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $66,100 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $16,628 (3rd worst)
More on Dixon:  Data

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Population: 4,260
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $114,375 (13th worst)
Median Income: $26,270 (19th worst)
More on West Lake Forest:  Data

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Population: 4,490
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $126,860 (19th worst)
Median Income: $23,894 (13th worst)
More on Treme’ Lafitte:  Data

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. Audubon 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 Neighborhoods To Live In New Orleans For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Desire 2,629 $26,725 $16,345
2 Viavant-Venetian Isles 983 $93,750 $14,722
3 Tulane-Gravier 3,437 $70,620 $19,298
4 Pines Village 3,187 $119,375 $20,048
5 Florida 1,427 $85,386 $17,125
6 Fischer Dev 1,061 $95,667 $21,098
7 Lower 9th Ward 3,636 $104,867 $25,937
8 Dixon 1,458 $66,100 $16,628
9 West Lake Forest 4,260 $114,375 $26,270
10 Treme’ Lafitte 4,490 $126,860 $23,894
11 Gert Town 4,082 $89,960 $19,409
12 Us Naval Base 2,282 $92,233 $33,662
13 Whitney 2,259 $141,050 $28,523
14 Behrman 8,426 $105,762 $28,509
15 Seventh Ward 10,552 $133,465 $21,520
16 Central City 13,536 $124,444 $24,007
17 Saint Roch 6,398 $141,788 $23,281
18 Saint Claude 6,562 $156,929 $26,052
19 Mcdonogh 2,645 $124,700 $27,985
20 Saint Bernard Area 2,472 $106,033 $21,394
21 Holly Grove 5,815 $126,370 $24,190
22 Plum Orchard 4,123 $141,500 $20,764
23 Holy Cross 3,311 $139,643 $31,850
24 Pontchartrain Park 2,144 $161,700 $38,039
25 Gentilly Woods 3,156 $133,650 $39,818
26 Dillard 5,134 $142,675 $36,704
27 Read Blvd West 4,730 $145,300 $31,998
28 Saint Thomas 1,974 $115,700 $24,507
29 Tall Timbers-Brechtel 14,493 $127,233 $49,435
30 Saint Anthony 4,618 $151,180 $36,796
31 Bywater 3,515 $249,333 $43,515
32 Leonidas 7,185 $199,577 $33,035
33 Village De L’est 9,068 $102,414 $37,209
34 Milneburg 4,640 $160,462 $40,528
35 Read Blvd East 8,886 $196,500 $58,658
36 Little Woods 32,311 $163,592 $29,104
37 Lake Catherine 677 $226,800 $61,250
38 Freret 1,615 $211,467 $39,495
39 Mid-City 14,238 $188,660 $32,249
40 Gentilly Terrace 10,159 $168,785 $43,834
41 City Park 2,763 $275,600 $46,964
42 New Aurora-English Turn 6,495 $254,867 $76,446
43 Milan 5,229 $185,991 $37,566
44 Bayou Saint John 3,880 $254,380 $40,102
45 Lower Garden District 6,360 $341,467 $65,813
46 Fairgrounds 5,442 $198,800 $46,480
47 Old Aurora 18,186 $148,818 $57,192
48 Fillmore 5,653 $230,300 $62,306
49 Irish Channel 3,514 $271,280 $52,165
50 West End 4,058 $181,000 $59,060
51 Broadmoor 6,992 $255,933 $47,766
52 Lake Terrace And Oaks 1,435 $382,450 $116,810
53 Central Business District 2,584 $269,920 $58,873
54 East Riverside 2,921 $282,500 $53,862
55 Marigny 3,097 $355,550 $45,730
56 West Riverside 4,866 $382,857 $50,954
57 Navarre 2,902 $287,400 $65,049
58 Black Pearl 1,622 $429,100 $46,669
59 French Quarter 3,286 $470,483 $66,865
60 Lakewood 1,812 $472,767 $132,083
61 Algeirs Point 3,022 $285,800 $57,902
62 East Carollton 3,961 $386,800 $56,848
63 Lakeview 8,015 $356,393 $89,164
64 Lake Shore-Lake Vista 2,957 $440,800 $115,905
65 Touro 2,906 $522,400 $56,858
66 Marlyville-Fontainebleau 5,930 $341,450 $69,737
67 Garden District 2,072 $628,700 $136,916
68 Uptown 6,504 $444,700 $72,123
69 Audubon 16,424 $625,889 $98,953