These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Norfolk For 2018


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Norfolk that are the real pits.

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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 Young Terrace ranks way above the rest.

We examined 96 of Norfolk’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Norfolk’s reputation:

  1. Sandy Heights
  2. Spartan Village
  3. Norvella Heights
  4. Coronado-Inglenook
  5. Camellia Shores
  6. Waston Place
  7. Sewells Gardens
  8. Foxhall
  9. Greenwood
  10. Greenwood

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.

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How we determined the worst Norfolk 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 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 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 96 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.

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1. Sandy Heights

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

Population: 534
Median Income: $44,006
Median Home Value: $177,199

2. Spartan Village

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

Population: 141
Median Income: $14,718
Median Home Value: $158,500

3. Norvella Heights

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

Population: 547
Median Income: $42,016
Median Home Value: $170,413

4. Coronado-Inglenook

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

Population: 760
Median Income: $41,375
Median Home Value: $138,472

5. Camellia Shores

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

Population: 477
Median Income: $66,094
Median Home Value: $214,363

6. Waston Place

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

Population: 510
Median Income: $62,974
Median Home Value: $230,620

7. Sewells Gardens

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

Population: 690
Median Income: $43,253
Median Home Value: $162,544

8. Foxhall

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

Population: 1,715
Median Income: $43,001
Median Home Value: $181,481

9. Greenwood

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

Population: 921
Median Income: $47,492
Median Home Value: $148,729

10. Greenwood

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

Population: 921
Median Income: $47,492
Median Home Value: $148,729

The ‘hoods around Norfolk that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Norfolk with Sandy Heights landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Norfolk aren’t all bad. Young Terrace 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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Detailed List Of The Worst Norfolk Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Sandy Heights 1 534 $44,006 $177,199
Spartan Village 2 141 $14,718 $158,500
Norvella Heights 3 547 $42,016 $170,413
Coronado-Inglenook 4 760 $41,375 $138,472
Camellia Shores 5 477 $66,094 $214,363
Waston Place 6 510 $62,974 $230,620
Sewells Gardens 7 690 $43,253 $162,544
Foxhall 8 1,715 $43,001 $181,481
Greenwood 9 921 $47,492 $148,729
Greenwood 10 921 $47,492 $148,729
Maple Hall 11 125 $120,329 $242,526
Campostella 12 371 $39,471 $139,684
Pleasant Point 13 165 $67,537 $232,716
Azalea Acres 14 830 $53,645 $184,198
Military Circle 15 230 $41,206 $206,783
Greenhill Farms 16 1,138 $49,501 $162,792
Waverly On Broad Creek 17 32 $47,679 $248,771
Roberts Village 18 51 $9,898 $121,686
The Gardens 19 127 $73,384 $215,829
Pinewell 20 469 $42,951 $196,307
Glenrock 21 207 $50,864 $208,035
Hardy Field 22 220 $38,150 $160,543
Sherwood Forest 23 1,086 $45,042 $148,594
East Lynne 24 268 $77,348 $232,334
Hewitt Farms 25 331 $60,252 $252,493
Roosevelt Gardens Area 26 3,649 $57,760 $196,839
Lafayette 27 2,086 $54,306 $130,147
North Camellia Acres 28 1,262 $54,657 $204,978
Central Brambleton 29 435 $23,318 $158,500
Woodbine 30 333 $57,649 $248,771
Beacon Light 31 382 $37,576 $157,748
Elizabeth Park 32 387 $57,649 $248,771
Hunter’S Square 33 201 $48,233 $133,464
Grandy Village 34 193 $19,583 $126,729
Crown Point 35 557 $52,360 $194,952
Broad Creek Shores 36 87 $51,464 $218,183
Waters Edge 37 225 $74,831 $322,064
Easton Forest 38 836 $52,071 $249,817
Fairmont Park 39 6,283 $45,115 $145,759
Willowwood 40 1,113 $62,361 $170,608
Chesterfield Heights 41 791 $34,467 $150,830
East Fairmont 42 229 $42,165 $148,594
Shadywood East 43 911 $42,763 $170,413
Bruce’S Park 44 1,481 $28,695 $114,310
Cottage Heights 45 1,965 $24,636 $130,169
Willoughby 46 2,689 $46,691 $326,971
Bel Aire 47 694 $43,279 $190,583
Estabrook 48 2,762 $43,630 $154,272
Lake Taylor 49 1,376 $50,420 $195,496
Ballentine Place 50 2,881 $44,527 $164,813
Norfolk Industrial Park 51 2,227 $51,828 $218,262
Broad Creek 52 843 $34,484 $199,044
Norview 53 2,179 $32,247 $143,868
Suburban Acres 54 3,650 $28,518 $174,988
Northside 55 11,167 $50,665 $160,853
Meadowbrook Forest 56 1,643 $69,682 $279,936
Partra 57 262 $35,837 $137,743
Elmhurst 58 1,665 $47,132 $170,940
Bromley 59 525 $63,551 $225,703
Colonial Place 60 3,903 $65,614 $209,533
Ingleside 61 3,033 $49,689 $218,177
Cottage Row Park 62 718 $24,967 $124,811
Lambert’S Point 63 5,581 $30,578 $141,354
Chesapeake Gardens 64 1,381 $38,315 $138,150
Oakdale Farms 65 2,215 $35,794 $176,386
Stonebridge 66 507 $41,361 $152,600
South Bayview 67 1,565 $63,496 $204,665
Coleman Place 68 2,302 $44,219 $169,624
Wards Corner 69 4,343 $40,488 $207,198
Bowling Green 70 579 $52,146 $202,093
Brandon Place 71 938 $48,890 $191,984
Poplar Halls 72 2,699 $50,133 $213,839
Larrymore Lawns 73 2,360 $54,133 $212,422
Bayview 74 9,563 $52,710 $186,381
West Ocean View 75 5,198 $44,103 $176,435
Wards Corner Business Association 76 211 $40,759 $197,591
Glenwood Park 77 1,956 $38,296 $161,150
Camellia Gardens 78 388 $52,766 $214,363
Janaf 79 425 $47,149 $207,914
Olde Huntersville 80 1,112 $35,929 $139,786
Glengariff 81 677 $67,928 $229,399
Algonquin 82 427 $58,161 $313,283
Riverfront 83 499 $55,376 $171,383
Barberton 84 675 $31,195 $4,273,270
Edgewater 85 4,915 $72,481 $410,287
Norfolk Garden 86 1,014 $46,012 $161,344
Monticello Village 87 1,433 $37,620 $178,344
North Meadow Brook 88 2,126 $55,376 $171,383
East Ocean View 89 6,306 $57,308 $519,941
Ghent Square 90 999 $71,058 $503,588
Odu Village 91 1,721 $24,443 $253,846
Park Place 92 4,432 $48,339 $197,991
Highland Park 93 2,889 $47,393 $257,336
Ghent Neighborhood League 94 5,502 $66,723 $458,128
Titustown 95 1,813 $51,595 $174,336
Young Terrace 96 1,120 $38,324 $340,471

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