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Norfolk'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 Norfolk.
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 Norfolk. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.
So the question arises, which Norfolk neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Norfolk hoods need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Norfolk area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Barberton ranks way above the rest.
We examined 98 of Norfolk's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Norfolk's reputation.
So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Norfolk for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Roberts Village looks to be the worst neighborhood in Norfolk.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Norfolk 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 Norfolk.
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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Norfolk For 2021
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $121,686 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $9,898 (worst)
More on Roberts Village: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $139,684 (11th worst)
Median Income: $39,471 (24th worst)
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $126,729 (4th worst)
Median Income: $19,583 (3rd worst)
More on Grandy Village: Data
4. Beacon Light
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $157,748 (23rd worst)
Median Income: $37,576 (18th worst)
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $138,472 (10th worst)
Median Income: $41,375 (29th worst)
6. Cottage Heights
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $130,169 (6th worst)
Median Income: $24,636 (6th worst)
7. Chesterfield Heights
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $150,830 (20th worst)
Median Income: $34,467 (13th worst)
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $143,868 (14th worst)
Median Income: $32,247 (12th worst)
More on Norview: Data
9. Central Brambleton
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $158,500 (24th worst)
Median Income: $23,318 (4th worst)
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $160,543 (26th worst)
Median Income: $38,150 (20th worst)
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How we determined the worst Norfolk 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 Norfolk:
- 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 Norfolk, Virginia 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 Norfolk.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Norfolk to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 98 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 Norfolk that are really hoods
Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Norfolk with Roberts Village landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Norfolk aren't all bad. Barberton takes the cake as the best place to live in Norfolk.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Norfolk For 2021?
|14||Cottage Row Park||718|
|29||Broad Creek Shores||87|
|31||Norfolk Industrial Park||2,227|
|47||Roosevelt Gardens Area||3,649|
|48||North Camellia Acres||1,262|
|52||North Meadow Brook||2,126|
|58||Wards Corner Business Association||211|
|62||Waverly On Broad Creek||32|
|74||West Ocean View||5,198|
|90||East Ocean View||6,306|
|96||Ghent Neighborhood League||5,502|