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:
- Hunts Point
- Mott Haven
- Bedford Park
- University Heights
- Morris Heights
- High Bridge
- 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.
1. Hunts Point
Median Income: $26,487
Median Home Value: $56,444
Median Income: $24,694
Median Home Value: $94,699
3. Mott Haven
Median Income: $23,821
Median Home Value: $102,398
Median Income: $50,271
Median Home Value: $234,988
5. Bedford Park
Median Income: $36,774
Median Home Value: $74,656
6. University Heights
Median Income: $32,695
Median Home Value: $40,354
Median Income: $26,050
Median Home Value: $38,084
8. Morris Heights
Median Income: $26,099
Median Home Value: $56,010
9. High Bridge
Median Income: $28,203
Median Home Value: $67,020
10. Williams Bridge
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
|Lower East Side||35|
|Astoria-Long Island City||45|
|Upper West Side||114|
|North Sutton Area||116|
|Upper East Side||119|