Newark’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 Newark.
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 Newark. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Newark neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Newark hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Newark area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although North Ironbound ranks way above the rest.
We examined 20 of Newark’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Newark’s reputation.
So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Newark for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Dayton-Weequahic Park looks to be the worst neighborhood in Newark.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Newark 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 Newark.
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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Newark For 2020
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $87,600 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $23,837 (1st worst)
More on Dayton-Weequahic Park: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $75,687 (1st worst)
Median Income: $24,967 (2nd worst)
More on Springfield-Belmont: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $106,406 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $28,311 (3rd worst)
More on South Broad Street: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $131,567 (5th worst)
Median Income: $32,357 (8th worst)
More on Lower Clinton Hill: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $149,623 (8th worst)
Median Income: $29,552 (4th worst)
More on West Side: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $137,489 (6th worst)
Median Income: $29,909 (5th worst)
More on Lower Roseville: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $161,000 (10th worst)
Median Income: $30,315 (6th worst)
More on Fairmuont: Data
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $151,667 (9th worst)
Median Income: $32,132 (7th worst)
More on Seventh Avenue: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $167,053 (12th worst)
Median Income: $36,598 (13th worst)
More on Upper Clinton Hill: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $164,700 (11th worst)
Median Income: $33,803 (11th worst)
More on Mount Pleasant: Data
Mt. Pleasant is an unincorporated community and neighborhood within the city of Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. It is just north of the Lower Broadway Neighborhood and is part of the Newark Urban Enterprise Zone. It is named for the hill overlooking the Passaic River on which it rests. A number of landmarks in the neighborhood include the former Newark Teachers College. This structure is located on the corner of Broadway and 4th avenue, and is today Technology High School. It also served as the temporary home of Arts high school in the mid-1990s. The open and raised Erie Lackawanna railroad’s NX bascule bridge, which appeared in the film Annie towers and looks over the neighborhood like a quiet sentinel.
How we determined the worst Newark 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 Newark:
- 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 Newark, New Jersey 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 Newark.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Newark to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 20 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 Newark that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Newark with Dayton-Weequahic Park landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Newark aren’t all bad. North Ironbound takes the cake as the best place to live in Newark.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Newark For 2020?
|3||South Broad Street||11,776|
|4||Lower Clinton Hill||2,585|
|9||Upper Clinton Hill||13,987|
|12||Central Business District||5,389|