These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In New York City For 2018


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

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New York’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 York.

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

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

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

We examined 120 of New York’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to New York’s reputation:

  1. Hunts Point
  2. Tremont
  3. Mott Haven
  4. Woodlawn-Nordwood
  5. Bedford Park
  6. University Heights
  7. Fordham
  8. Morris Heights
  9. High Bridge
  10. Williams Bridge

Read on to see how we determined the places around New York 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 York.

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How we determined the worst New York 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 York:

  • 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 York 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 York.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around New York to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 120 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. Hunts Point

Population: 22,479
Median Income: $26,487
Median Home Value: $56,444

2. Tremont

Population: 102,692
Median Income: $24,694
Median Home Value: $94,699

3. Mott Haven

Population: 69,011
Median Income: $23,821
Median Home Value: $102,398

4. Woodlawn-Nordwood

Population: 9,571
Median Income: $50,271
Median Home Value: $234,988

5. Bedford Park

Population: 89,059
Median Income: $36,774
Median Home Value: $74,656

6. University Heights

Population: 49,227
Median Income: $32,695
Median Home Value: $40,354

7. Fordham

Population: 60,907
Median Income: $26,050
Median Home Value: $38,084

8. Morris Heights

Population: 59,193
Median Income: $26,099
Median Home Value: $56,010

9. High Bridge

Population: 77,229
Median Income: $28,203
Median Home Value: $67,020

10. Williams Bridge

Population: 54,144
Median Income: $42,742
Median Home Value: $258,800

The ‘hoods around New York that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in New York with Hunts Point landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in New York aren’t all bad. Carnegie Hill takes the cake as the best place to live in New York.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst New York Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Hunts Point 1 22,479 $26,487 $56,444
Tremont 2 102,692 $24,694 $94,699
Mott Haven 3 69,011 $23,821 $102,398
Woodlawn-Nordwood 4 9,571 $50,271 $234,988
Bedford Park 5 89,059 $36,774 $74,656
University Heights 6 49,227 $32,695 $40,354
Fordham 7 60,907 $26,050 $38,084
Morris Heights 8 59,193 $26,099 $56,010
High Bridge 9 77,229 $28,203 $67,020
Williams Bridge 10 54,144 $42,742 $258,800
South Bronx 11 207,299 $26,216 $118,734
Inwood 12 49,502 $44,898 $172,434
Eastchester 13 19,357 $61,726 $284,290
Brownsville 14 115,880 $41,391 $248,594
Soundview 15 96,835 $36,439 $218,212
Parkchester 16 78,158 $46,346 $256,463
Morris Park 17 40,410 $50,580 $311,308
Howland Hook 18 3,537 $50,692 $173,280
Union Port 19 40,013 $45,018 $271,568
Kings Bridge 20 35,886 $51,828 $153,528
Wakefield-Williamsbridge 21 105,259 $47,900 $320,617
Washington Heights 22 170,701 $43,230 $119,168
Bushwick 23 127,081 $40,010 $342,937
Country Club 24 53,167 $61,407 $282,582
East Brooklyn 25 144,845 $37,423 $352,249
Corona 26 139 $35,956 $457,600
The Rockaways 27 115,628 $62,317 $287,713
East Harlem 28 51,756 $29,215 $176,460
Springfield Gardens 29 39,817 $67,985 $334,351
New Brighton 30 46,524 $62,725 $319,545
Hamilton Heights 31 67,404 $36,262 $258,568
Jamaica 32 146,597 $54,792 $381,990
Clifton 33 23,950 $59,949 $346,153
Saintalbans 34 73,631 $68,716 $381,570
Lower East Side 35 85,991 $44,310 $245,207
Throggs Neck 36 41,608 $67,826 $350,356
Yorkville 37 55,248 $42,353 $293,845
Port Richmond 38 18,146 $51,885 $338,147
Flushing 39 82,210 $46,510 $393,958
Harlem 40 138,535 $41,445 $358,289
Bedford-Stuyvesant 41 225,486 $40,405 $426,807
Baychester 42 24,854 $63,126 $418,667
Williamsburg 43 128,259 $46,858 $360,901
Mariners Harbor 44 33,686 $70,019 $323,454
Astoria-Long Island City 45 126,676 $53,699 $389,540
Woodside 46 51,928 $51,016 $377,480
Queens Village 47 60,487 $73,143 $397,715
Nkew Gardens 48 87,908 $64,850 $369,930
Glendale 49 33,501 $61,674 $439,164
Woodhaven-Richmond Hill 50 115,316 $59,047 $440,896
Canarsie 51 144,774 $66,365 $426,440
Riverdale 52 27,955 $72,009 $348,106
Ridgewood 53 75,159 $52,560 $422,828
Jackson Heights 54 132,708 $51,017 $397,894
Bloomfield-Chelsea-Travis 55 10,387 $94,864 $360,433
Oakwood 56 26,890 $78,816 $358,046
Sunset Park 57 106,695 $39,394 $562,331
Maspeth 58 28,609 $57,456 $504,538
Laurelton 59 45,002 $85,080 $377,780
Utopia 60 84,047 $67,683 $504,053
Sunny Side 61 58,137 $63,009 $385,641
Midland Beach 62 21,484 $80,522 $401,215
Ettingville 63 36,095 $83,863 $446,815
Great Kills 64 16,556 $89,485 $387,150
Gravesend-Sheepshead Bay 65 247,967 $52,931 $529,436
South Beach 66 26,543 $72,574 $443,126
Greenwood 67 18,282 $66,196 $567,546
Rosebank 68 439 $79,375 $399,100
Ardon Heights 69 23,060 $91,996 $439,900
Queensboro Hill 70 75,380 $58,538 $525,643
Dyker Heights 71 42,880 $60,300 $657,812
Clearview 72 29,365 $76,482 $546,989
Richmondtown 73 38,574 $80,041 $463,571
Forest Hills 74 107,340 $68,637 $422,214
Auburndale 75 38,225 $73,227 $567,049
Bensonhurst 76 113,571 $50,737 $587,960
Tottensville 77 15,152 $90,404 $461,455
Middle Village 78 37,228 $73,051 $506,453
Mapleton-Flatlands 79 202,458 $54,100 $566,798
Rossville 80 10,660 $77,953 $487,233
Douglastown-Little Neck 81 80,609 $80,426 $492,847
Westerleigh-Castleton 82 29,137 $86,389 $445,040
Fort Green 83 117,541 $66,861 $562,591
Central Park 84 2,117 $84,523 $683,780
Spuyten Duyvil 85 15,380 $89,734 $358,171
Clinton 86 30,901 $84,158 $420,173
Charlestown-Richmond Valley 87 2,149 $92,604 $565,333
City Island 88 3,777 $88,697 $488,200
Downtown 89 11,445 $102,620 $504,126
Bay Ridge 90 80,916 $60,250 $609,861
Garment District 91 4,719 $110,407 $442,514
Morningside Heights 92 41,154 $61,035 $426,660
Borough Park 93 157,419 $42,466 $648,701
Todt Hill 94 17,533 $79,862 $575,933
Annandale 95 9,600 $95,407 $591,300
Woodrow 96 9,006 $98,038 $541,675
Huguenot 97 11,226 $90,322 $643,956
Prince’S Bay 98 8,282 $96,522 $653,543
Chinatown 99 10,597 $56,821 $583,350
Whitestone 100 71 $90,500 $782,500
Boerum Hill 101 22,131 $89,748 $763,575
East Village 102 65,478 $68,640 $459,548
Carroll Gardens 103 25,320 $105,201 $848,869
Cobble Hill 104 9,599 $120,893 $830,650
Chelsea 105 61,330 $103,024 $666,560
Little Italy 106 8,873 $84,553 $655,900
Gramercy 107 87,171 $104,838 $479,929
Midtown 108 61,234 $104,344 $582,432
Murray Hill 109 24,701 $112,548 $600,121
West Village 110 22,642 $113,528 $681,158
Soho 111 13,357 $112,629 $857,674
Park Slope 112 77,556 $103,580 $859,954
Tribeca 113 15,908 $163,970 $792,367
Upper West Side 114 208,032 $105,039 $655,260
Financial District 115 29,225 $130,627 $678,557
North Sutton Area 116 16,945 $134,122 $724,030
Greenwich Village 117 48,020 $120,528 $794,029
Battery Park 118 13,042 $173,103 $653,067
Upper East Side 119 190,431 $125,447 $658,768
Carnegie Hill 120 15,501 $155,354 $1,000,001

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