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 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.

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

  1. Roberts Village
  2. Campostella
  3. Grandy Village
  4. Beacon Light
  5. Coronado-Inglenook
  6. Cottage Heights
  7. Chesterfield Heights
  8. Norview
  9. Central Brambleton
  10. Hardy Field

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Norfolk for 2020? 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.

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Norfolk For 2020

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 51
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $121,686 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $9,898 (1st worst)
More on Roberts Village:  Data

2. Campostella

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 371
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $139,684 (11th worst)
Median Income: $39,471 (24th worst)

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 193
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

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 382
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $157,748 (23rd worst)
Median Income: $37,576 (18th worst)

5. Coronado-Inglenook

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 760
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $138,472 (10th worst)
Median Income: $41,375 (29th worst)

6. Cottage Heights

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 1,965
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $130,169 (6th worst)
Median Income: $24,636 (6th worst)

7. Chesterfield Heights

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 791
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $150,830 (20th worst)
Median Income: $34,467 (13th worst)

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 2,179
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

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 435
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $158,500 (24th worst)
Median Income: $23,318 (4th worst)

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Norfolk

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Population: 220
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $160,543 (26th worst)
Median Income: $38,150 (20th worst)
More on Hardy Field:  Data

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 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 2020?

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