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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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