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.
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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
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $73,592 (7th worst)
Median Income: $26,421 (3rd worst)
More on Hunts Point: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $64,148 (5th worst)
Median Income: $24,839 (1st worst)
More on Mott Haven: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $91,264 (8th worst)
Median Income: $26,821 (4th worst)
More on Tremont: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $62,184 (4th worst)
Median Income: $29,604 (7th worst)
More on Fordham: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $230,318 (19th worst)
Median Income: $63,730 (50th worst)
More on Woodlawn-Nordwood: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $40,602 (1st worst)
Median Income: $28,626 (6th worst)
More on High Bridge: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $59,843 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $38,675 (11th worst)
More on Bedford Park: Data
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $276,505 (22nd worst)
Median Income: $43,390 (15th worst)
More on Brownsville: Data
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $198,512 (15th worst)
Median Income: $35,677 (10th worst)
More on Soundview: Data
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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