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

Hunts Point New York, NY

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

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.

2. Tremont

Tremont New York, NY

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

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.

3. Mott Haven

Mott Haven New York, NY

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

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.

4. Woodlawn-Nordwood

Woodlawn-Nordwood New York, NY

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

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.

5. Bedford Park

Bedford Park New York, NY

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

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.

6. University Heights

University Heights New York, NY

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

University Heights is a neighborhood of the West Bronx in New York City. The neighborhood is part of Bronx Community Board 5 and Bronx Community Board 7. Its boundaries, starting from the north and moving clockwise, are: West Fordham Road to the north, Jerome Avenue to the east, West Burnside Avenue to the south and the Harlem River to the west. University Avenue is the primary thoroughfare in University Heights. The local subway is the IRT Jerome Avenue Line, operating along Jerome Avenue. ZIP codes include 10453 and 10468.

7. Fordham

Fordham New York, NY

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

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.

8. Morris Heights

Morris Heights New York, NY

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

Morris Heights is a residential neighborhood located in the West Bronx. The neighborhood is part of Bronx Community Board 5. Its boundaries, starting from the north and moving clockwise are: West Burnside Avenue to the north, Jerome Avenue to the east, the Cross-Bronx Expressway to the south, and the Harlem River to the west. University Avenue is the primary thoroughfare through Morris Heights. The local subway is the IRT Jerome Avenue Line, operating along Jerome Avenue. ZIP codes include 10453 and 10452. The area is patrolled by the 46th Precinct located at 2120 Ryer Avenue in Fordham. New York City Housing Authority property in the area is patrolled by P.S.A. 7 at 737 Melrose Avenue in the Melrose section of the Bronx.

9. High Bridge

High Bridge New York, NY

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

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.

10. Williams Bridge

Williams Bridge New York, NY

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

Williamsbridge is a neighborhood geographically located in the north central Bronx borough of New York City in the United States. The neighborhood is part of Bronx Community Board 12. Its boundaries, starting from the north and moving clockwise are: East 222nd Street to the north, Boston Road to the east, East Gun Hill Road to the south, and the Bronx River to the west. White Plains Road is the primary thoroughfare through Williamsbridge. ZIP codes include 10466, 10467, and 10469. The area is patrolled by the 47th Precinct located at 4111 Laconia Avenue. New York City Housing Authority property in the area is patrolled by P.S.A. 8 at 2794 Randall Avenue in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx.

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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