THE 10 WORST Neighborhoods In New York City For 2020


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 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in New York City.
Worst Neighborhoods In New York City

The city of New York is not all Broadway, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty: the Big Apple has some pretty scary neighborhoods and RoadSnacks is here to tell you just where they are located.

But first, we need to tell you how we got our hands on the top ten list of the worst neighborhoods in NYC for 2020. In order to determine New York City’s worst neighborhoods, we had to give each neighborhood an actual concrete score: we call this a neighborhood’s overall ‘Snackability’. To get this score, we looked at the latest census data on income levels, unemployment rates, crime, and home prices for 122 New York City neighborhoods with over 0 residents. Incidentally, this is our fifth time ranking NYC’s worst neighborhoods, so trust us when we say that these are the worst of the worst.

People, the places that made our list can’t seem to stay out of the news.for the wrong reasons. The locals in the Brownsville neighborhood apparently think it’s okay to shoot police officers and the Mott Haven neighborhood is currently experiencing an uptick in violent crimes. And for some reason, most of NYC’s worst neighborhoods are centered around the Bronx.

Funny thing, however, NYC’s list of worst neighborhoods and cheapest places to live had no overlapping. We consider this a win. You don’t have to sacrifice your safety if you’re on a budget.

So, want to know where New York City’s worst neighborhoods are located? Keep reading.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in New York City 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

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So, what’s the worst neighborhood in New York City for 2020? That would be Hunts Point.

To see what other NYC neighborhoods made this list, take a look below; and if you can’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In New York City For 2020

Hunts Point New York, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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

Mott Haven New York, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

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

Tremont New York, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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

Fordham New York, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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

Woodlawn-Nordwood New York, NY

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

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

High Bridge New York, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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

Bedford Park New York, NY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

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

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

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

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

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

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

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

How we determined the worst New York City hoods in 2020

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 City:

  • 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 City, 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 City.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around New York City 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.

The ‘hoods around New York City that are really hoods

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

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

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

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In New York City For 2020?

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

17 thoughts on “THE 10 WORST Neighborhoods In New York City For 2020

  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…

  2. This was the most biased thing I’ve ever read. How is safety an 8 but it’s the worse neighborhoods in NYC? If you hate the Bronx sure, by all means express that but I have my parents relying on this fake news to keep me from going out.

  3. downtown flushing
    southern flushing
    the rest of flushing.except for parts of broadway
    ave f McDonald avenue Brooklyn- a real souk!
    west side manhattan -times square
    5th avenue (YES! insane traffic nonsensical construction and tourists)
    elmhurst avenue queens
    corona -Roosevelt avenue from shea stadium to sunnyside

  4. Lived in New York City for 35 years, Bronx 149 between Tinton and wales ave. Raised 3 children there. I love the city and although there is a lot of action and noise, most people just trying to make it . I currently reside in P.A but, still work in the city, Tremont Ave and will not have it some other way. Walk around the neigborhood for shopping and, never experience anything negative. I will say if, something is going to happen it can happen anywhere whether is classified good or bad. If, wondering why I moved outside N.Y, homes are cheaper in price and, as I gotten older less noise is much better.

  5. This is a total lie?
    My block was shown.
    The homes are worth more than 600,000.
    You cannot buy a home in NYC for less than 300,000.

  6. Wow. All lies? I hate NYC too. I was born & raised here, but it surely isn’t because house are less than $80 grand in the Bronx. Lmbo. You wish. In fact, we wish.

    Mott Haven is prime Real Estate.a studio apartment is going for 550,000 on EAst 138th.

    You must be from some small town we never heard of & your list is 100% innacurate.

    In fact, the worst place anyone can live in NYC is Manhattan. It’s where I live, Harlem.

    It’s run over with people, crowds, Restaurants, shopping, noise & at minimum – homes are $3 million on my street.

    Boy bye.

  7. Woodlawn-Norwood should be labelled South Woodlawn to distinguish it from Woodlawn Heights, several miles away and a 400 acre cemetery between. WH is a true homogeneous neighborhood with distinguishable boundries. Its’ area is small, people happy, water clean, children educated and homeless at a minimum. All things no so in South Woodlawn-Norwood. Do a little homework.

  8. Bayridge is the safest place to live, just keep to your self and try not to make friends, just smile back at who ever smiles at u got to admit there racist people, once they see you more often they’ll get used to you. And start treating you with respect and kind, gotta admit rent is very high/

  9. Worst part of my is most of Brooklyn except for the heights and a few other hipsters areas. I like visiting LONG ISLAND . Not the city anymore!

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