These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In New York City For 2019


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in New York City 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 York.
Worst Neighborhoods In New York

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 122 of New York’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to New York’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in New York according to data:

  1. Hunts Point
  2. Mott Haven
  3. Tremont
  4. Fordham
  5. Woodlawn-Nordwood
  6. High Bridge
  7. Bedford Park
  8. Brownsville
  9. Soundview
  10. South Bronx

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

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 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 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 122 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.

Hunts Point New York, NY

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Population: 22,864
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $73,592 (7th worst)
Median Income: $26,421 (3rd worst)
More on Hunts Point:  Data

Hunts Point is a neighborhood located on a peninsula in the South Bronx of New York City. It is the location of one of the largest food distribution facilities in the world, the Hunts Point Cooperative Market. The neighborhood is part of Bronx Community District 2. Its boundaries are the Bruckner Expressway to the west and north, the Bronx River to the east, and the East River to the south. Hunts Point Avenue is the primary street through Hunts Point. ZIP codes include 10474. The neighborhood is served by the New York City Police Department’s 41st Precinct.

Mott Haven New York, NY

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Population: 70,301
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $64,148 (5th worst)
Median Income: $24,839 (1st worst)
More on Mott Haven:  Data

Mott Haven is a primarily residential neighborhood in the southwestern section of the Bronx borough in New York City. Zip codes include 10451, 10454, and 10455. The neighborhood is part of Bronx Community Board 1. Its boundaries, starting from the north and moving clockwise, are East 149th Street to the north, the Bruckner Expressway to the east, the Bronx Kill waterway to the south, and the Harlem River to the west.

East 138th Street is the primary east-west thoroughfare through Mott Haven. The local subway line is the IRT Pelham Line, operating along East 138th Street. The local buses are the Bx1, Bx2, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33. Mott Haven is served by the Triborough Bridge, the Third Avenue Bridge, the Madison Avenue Bridge, the 145th Street Bridge, and the Willis Avenue Bridge. The closest Metro-North Railroad stops are Harlem – 125th Street and Yankees – East 153rd Street.

Tremont New York, NY

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6
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Population: 106,094
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $91,264 (8th worst)
Median Income: $26,821 (4th worst)
More on Tremont:  Data

Tremont, is a residential neighborhood in the West Bronx, New York City. The neighborhood is part of Bronx Community Board 6. Its boundaries, starting from the north and moving clockwise are: East 181st Street to the north, Southern Boulevard to the east, the Cross-Bronx Expressway to the south, and the Grand Concourse to the West. East Tremont Avenue is the primary thoroughfare through Tremont. The local subway is the IND Concourse Line, operating along the Grand Concourse. Zip codes include 10453 and 10457. The area is patrolled by the NYPD’s 48th Precinct located at 450 Cross Bronx Expressway within Tremont.

Fordham New York, NY

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6
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Population: 64,594
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $62,184 (4th worst)
Median Income: $29,604 (7th worst)
More on Fordham:  Data

Fordham is a group of neighborhoods located in the western Bronx, New York City. These neighborhoods are part of Bronx Community Board 5 and Bronx Community Board 7. Fordham is roughly bordered by Fordham Road to the north, Southern Boulevard to the east, East 183rd Street to the south, and Jerome Avenue to the west. The neighborhood’s primary thoroughfare is Fordham Road; its main subway line is the IND Concourse Line, operating under the Grand Concourse, with the IRT Jerome Avenue Line on its western border. ZIP codes include 10453, 10457, 10458 and 10468.

Woodlawn-Nordwood New York, NY

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8
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Population: 10,349
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $230,318 (19th worst)
Median Income: $63,730 (50th worst)
More on Woodlawn-Nordwood:  Data

Norwood, also known as Bainbridge, is a working-class residential neighborhood in the northwest Bronx, New York City. As of the census of 2000, the seven census tracts that make up the neighborhood have a population of 40,748. The area is dominated topographically by what was once known as Valentine’s Hill, the highest point being near the intersection of 210th Street and Bainbridge Avenue, where Gun Hill Road intersects, and around the Montefiore Medical Center, the largest landowner and employer of the neighborhood. It borders Van Cortlandt Park and Woodlawn Cemetery to the north, the Bronx River to the east, and Mosholu Parkway to the south and west. Norwood’s main commercial arteries are Gun Hill Road, Jerome Avenue, Webster Avenue, and Bainbridge Avenue.

High Bridge New York, NY

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 77,016
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $40,602 (1st worst)
Median Income: $28,626 (6th worst)
More on High Bridge:  Data

Highbridge is a residential neighborhood geographically located in the central-west section of the Bronx, New York City. Its boundaries, starting from the north and moving clockwise are the Cross-Bronx Expressway to the north, Jerome Avenue to the east, East 161st Street to the south, and the Harlem River to the west. Ogden Avenue is the primary thoroughfare through Highbridge. ZIP codes include 10452.

Bedford Park New York, NY

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7
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Population: 91,627
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $59,843 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $38,675 (11th worst)
More on Bedford Park:  Data

Bedford Park is a residential neighborhood in the northwest Bronx between the New York Botanical Garden and Lehman College. Its boundaries, starting from the north and moving clockwise are: Mosholu Parkway to the north, Webster Avenue to the east, East 198th Street to the south, and Goulden Avenue to the west. The Grand Concourse is the primary thoroughfare through Bedford Park. The IND Concourse and IRT Jerome Avenue Lines of the New York City Subway serve the area. Zip codes include 10458 and 10468. The neighborhood is part of Bronx Community District 7. The area is patrolled by the 52nd Precinct located at 3016 Webster Ave in the Norwood section of the Bronx.

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8.5
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Population: 114,519
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $276,505 (22nd worst)
Median Income: $43,390 (15th worst)
More on Brownsville:  Data

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8
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Population: 99,574
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $198,512 (15th worst)
Median Income: $35,677 (10th worst)
More on Soundview:  Data

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7
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Population: 212,530
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $125,828 (11th worst)
Median Income: $28,038 (5th worst)
More on South Bronx:  Data

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 Neighborhoods To Live In New York For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Hunts Point 22,864 $73,592 $26,421
2 Mott Haven 70,301 $64,148 $24,839
3 Tremont 106,094 $91,264 $26,821
4 Fordham 64,594 $62,184 $29,604
5 Woodlawn-Nordwood 10,349 $230,318 $63,730
6 High Bridge 77,016 $40,602 $28,626
7 Bedford Park 91,627 $59,843 $38,675
8 Brownsville 114,519 $276,505 $43,390
9 Soundview 99,574 $198,512 $35,677
10 South Bronx 212,530 $125,828 $28,038
11 Williams Bridge 56,005 $239,389 $43,368
12 University Heights 51,091 $53,827 $32,542
13 East Brooklyn 147,562 $354,964 $40,728
14 Parkchester 78,551 $223,630 $48,567
15 Union Port 39,750 $285,142 $47,945
16 Morris Heights 60,047 $70,778 $26,278
17 Wakefield-Williamsbridge 108,756 $330,776 $51,245
18 Morris Park 40,356 $334,795 $57,355
19 Kings Bridge 36,668 $127,395 $54,734
20 East Harlem 51,347 $204,443 $32,744
21 Bushwick 125,346 $340,935 $45,238
22 Jamaica 147,527 $364,635 $57,389
23 Inwood 50,749 $187,272 $47,582
24 Eastchester 19,282 $295,090 $69,654
25 Steinway 55 $335,250 $62,031
26 Harlem 144,705 $321,025 $46,218
27 The Rockaways 119,512 $297,562 $63,514
28 Country Club 52,418 $244,659 $61,099
29 Clifton 23,109 $338,353 $60,148
30 Howland Hook 3,871 $157,420 $64,184
31 Washington Heights 174,779 $93,493 $46,288
32 Yorkville 56,751 $330,640 $46,148
33 Hamilton Heights 68,351 $125,019 $43,433
34 Lower East Side 84,794 $208,014 $49,246
35 Williamsburg 133,674 $357,174 $53,643
36 Bedford-Stuyvesant 234,457 $467,116 $44,779
37 New Brighton 47,378 $328,144 $68,125
38 Port Richmond 16,779 $319,659 $55,390
39 Springfield Gardens 40,129 $337,841 $68,252
40 Flushing 81,947 $423,546 $47,960
41 Throggs Neck 40,546 $356,028 $73,315
42 Astoria-Long Island City 126,283 $397,118 $57,906
43 Saintalbans 73,668 $395,594 $71,773
44 College Point 216 $535,900 $57,743
45 Bloomfield-Chelsea-Travis 10,884 $374,558 $75,810
46 Mariners Harbor 33,993 $316,042 $70,893
47 Canarsie 147,157 $445,675 $69,844
48 Queens Village 58,979 $410,906 $73,128
49 Tottensville 15,609 $399,725 $78,173
50 Jackson Heights 130,565 $394,683 $52,815
51 Corona 368 $516,150 $49,118
52 Glendale 34,313 $449,020 $69,037
53 Nkew Gardens 90,685 $376,981 $67,182
54 Baychester 24,338 $417,404 $69,222
55 East Village 64,040 $316,136 $70,370
56 Riverdale 27,645 $358,962 $86,341
57 Maspeth 31,365 $529,295 $61,497
58 City Island 3,527 $478,025 $84,445
59 Sunny Side 60,580 $410,644 $67,936
60 Sunset Park 106,699 $583,673 $43,202
61 Woodside 52,454 $415,645 $53,882
62 Ridgewood 78,633 $428,957 $58,599
63 Woodhaven-Richmond Hill 121,346 $461,136 $62,501
64 Laurelton 45,771 $388,498 $85,256
65 Clinton 33,065 $440,668 $90,686
66 Utopia 87,853 $507,017 $71,438
67 Fort Green 120,941 $663,709 $71,767
68 Richmondtown 38,728 $481,561 $79,373
69 Downtown 11,972 $765,956 $110,356
70 Chinatown 10,742 $482,185 $69,168
71 Oakwood 26,947 $387,661 $83,626
72 Greenwood 17,838 $623,373 $76,603
73 Gravesend-Sheepshead Bay 255,533 $545,099 $58,223
74 Midland Beach 21,674 $419,240 $82,585
75 Great Kills 17,149 $404,414 $92,004
76 South Beach 27,404 $420,253 $80,005
77 Mapleton-Flatlands 206,460 $610,874 $56,352
78 Bay Ridge 77,029 $631,372 $64,284
79 Ettingville 34,729 $458,711 $87,429
80 Bensonhurst 115,043 $592,801 $53,204
81 Dyker Heights 41,520 $719,727 $64,341
82 Boerum Hill 22,666 $977,361 $104,198
83 Middle Village 37,029 $538,043 $76,088
84 Rosebank 404 $427,800 $82,109
85 Auburndale 38,856 $571,353 $73,129
86 Ardon Heights 23,582 $408,846 $87,757
87 Douglastown-Little Neck 82,321 $518,824 $83,053
88 Forest Hills 110,212 $444,362 $73,556
89 Spuyten Duyvil 14,641 $346,294 $92,579
90 Westerleigh-Castleton 29,688 $449,604 $85,305
91 West Village 22,307 $889,319 $117,237
92 Charlestown-Richmond Valley 1,829 $565,767 $82,504
93 Queensboro Hill 75,376 $521,976 $57,190
94 Carroll Gardens 25,576 $1,045,698 $115,860
95 Clearview 28,704 $555,508 $81,878
96 Annandale 9,989 $523,892 $95,729
97 Midtown 62,515 $719,059 $116,728
98 Borough Park 155,256 $707,817 $44,528
99 Chelsea 60,915 $858,245 $112,319
100 Soho 12,909 $1,084,884 $126,708
101 Central Park 2,162 $1,015,795 $101,158
102 Little Italy 9,408 $831,964 $91,061
103 Morningside Heights 39,804 $448,387 $77,589
104 Rossville 10,650 $484,917 $86,343
105 Gramercy 87,783 $505,980 $111,522
106 Garment District 4,769 $485,571 $120,573
107 Tribeca 16,173 $1,501,667 $186,416
108 Murray Hill 25,332 $650,646 $117,763
109 Whitestone 81 $858,000 $86,250
110 Todt Hill 17,577 $617,667 $93,023
111 Prince’s Bay 8,501 $554,529 $95,068
112 Financial District 31,087 $957,860 $158,605
113 Woodrow 9,310 $538,175 $104,778
114 Huguenot 11,608 $632,833 $100,754
115 Greenwich Village 47,962 $951,089 $121,594
116 Upper West Side 204,475 $821,117 $121,502
117 Cobble Hill 10,281 $1,258,134 $131,817
118 Park Slope 77,662 $951,201 $115,042
119 Upper East Side 194,024 $916,352 $131,996
120 Battery Park 13,570 $754,550 $169,476
121 North Sutton Area 17,279 $763,965 $147,814
122 Carnegie Hill 14,743 $1,741,686 $171,603

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5 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In New York City For 2019

  1. Very biased article. Should read 10 worst nabes for hipsters.. There are a lot of nice affordable areas here. Woodlawn, really? Median #s are better than alot of the country. SMH…

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