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.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Newark according to data:
- Dayton-Weequahic Park
- Lower Clinton Hill
- Lower Roseville
- South Broad Street
- West Side
- Mount Pleasant
- Upper Clinton Hill
- Seventh Avenue
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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How we determined the worst Newark 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 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 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.
1. Dayton-Weequahic Park
Median Income: $22,483
Median Home Value: $84,825
Median Income: $26,661
Median Home Value: $118,812
3. Lower Clinton Hill
Median Income: $37,177
Median Home Value: $134,633
4. Lower Roseville
Median Income: $30,290
Median Home Value: $162,978
5. South Broad Street
Median Income: $30,693
Median Home Value: $172,012
6. West Side
Median Income: $30,097
Median Home Value: $178,538
7. Mount Pleasant
Median Income: $35,467
Median Home Value: $175,220
8. Upper Clinton Hill
Median Income: $35,860
Median Home Value: $184,635
Median Income: $32,892
Median Home Value: $188,392
10. Seventh Avenue
Median Income: $32,092
Median Home Value: $174,944
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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Detailed List Of The Worst Newark Neighborhoods
|3||Lower Clinton Hill||2,969|
|5||South Broad Street||11,868|
|8||Upper Clinton Hill||14,565|
|14||Central Business District||5,366|