The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Newark For 2021


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Newark 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 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Newark.
Worst Neighborhoods In Newark

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 2021? 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 2021

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Population: 2,788
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $87,600 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $23,837 (worst)
More on Dayton-Weequahic Park:  Data

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Population: 12,462
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $75,687 (worst)
Median Income: $24,967 (2nd worst)
More on Springfield-Belmont:  Data

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Population: 11,776
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $106,406 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $28,311 (3rd worst)
More on South Broad Street:  Data

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Population: 2,585
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $131,567 (5th worst)
Median Income: $32,357 (8th worst)
More on Lower Clinton Hill:  Data

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Population: 13,679
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $149,623 (8th worst)
Median Income: $29,552 (4th worst)
More on West Side:  Data

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Population: 9,940
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $137,489 (6th worst)
Median Income: $29,909 (5th worst)
More on Lower Roseville:  Data

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Population: 12,363
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $161,000 (10th worst)
Median Income: $30,315 (6th worst)
More on Fairmuont:  Data

University Heights Newark, NJ

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Population: 9,646
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $146,370 (7th worst)
Median Income: $36,350 (12th worst)
More on University Heights:  Data

University Heights is a neighborhood in Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. It is so named because of the location of four academic institutions within its boundaries Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the New Jersey Medical School, and Essex County College. In total, the schools enroll approximately 32,000 degree-seeking students.

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Population: 10,536
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $151,667 (9th worst)
Median Income: $32,132 (7th worst)
More on Seventh Avenue:  Data

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Population: 13,987
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $167,053 (12th worst)
Median Income: $36,598 (13th worst)
More on Upper Clinton Hill:  Data

How we determined the worst Newark hoods in 2021

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 2021?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Dayton-Weequahic Park 2,788 $87,600 $23,837
2 Springfield-Belmont 12,462 $75,687 $24,967
3 South Broad Street 11,776 $106,406 $28,311
4 Lower Clinton Hill 2,585 $131,567 $32,357
5 West Side 13,679 $149,623 $29,552
6 Lower Roseville 9,940 $137,489 $29,909
7 Fairmuont 12,363 $161,000 $30,315
8 University Heights 9,646 $146,370 $36,350
9 Seventh Avenue 10,536 $151,667 $32,132
10 Upper Clinton Hill 13,987 $167,053 $36,598
11 Mount Pleasant 7,187 $164,700 $33,803
12 Central Business District 5,389 $129,883 $42,834
13 Weequahic 20,878 $188,375 $39,947
14 Upper Vailsburg 14,689 $175,305 $43,529
15 North Broadway 10,921 $221,443 $33,740
16 Forest Hill 22,701 $210,724 $33,687
17 Upper Roseville 17,368 $214,031 $36,765
18 Lower Vailsburg 17,181 $180,792 $49,386
19 South Ironbound 8,225 $258,362 $43,950
20 North Ironbound 43,436 $220,131 $45,242