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

  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.

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 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.

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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

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

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