THE 10 WORST Neighborhoods In Norfolk For 2020


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Norfolk 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 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Norfolk.
Worst Neighborhoods In Norfolk

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 98 of Norfolk’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Norfolk’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Norfolk according to data:

  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

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Norfolk for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Sandy Heights 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.

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Norfolk For 2020

1. Sandy Heights

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 534
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $177,199 (44th worst)
Median Income: $44,006 (38th worst)

2. Spartan Village

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 141
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $158,500 (24th worst)
Median Income: $14,718 (2nd worst)

3. Norvella Heights

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 547
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $170,413 (34th worst)
Median Income: $42,016 (30th worst)

4. Coronado-Inglenook

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 760
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $138,472 (10th worst)
Median Income: $41,375 (29th worst)

5. Camellia Shores

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 477
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $214,363 (68th worst)
Median Income: $66,094 (86th worst)

6. Waston Place

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 510
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $230,620 (76th worst)
Median Income: $62,974 (82nd worst)

7. Sewells Gardens

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 690
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $162,544 (30th worst)
Median Income: $43,253 (35th worst)

8. Foxhall

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 1,715
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $181,481 (46th worst)
Median Income: $43,001 (34th worst)

9. Greenwood

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 921
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $148,729 (18th worst)
Median Income: $47,492 (50th worst)

10. Greenwood

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 921
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $148,729 (18th worst)
Median Income: $47,492 (50th worst)

How we determined the worst Norfolk 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 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 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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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Norfolk For 2020?

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