Oakland’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 Oakland.
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 Oakland. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Oakland neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Oakland hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Oakland area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Crocker Highland ranks way above the rest.
We examined 130 of Oakland’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Oakland’s reputation.
So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Oakland for 2020? According to the most recent census data, North Kennedy Tract looks to be the worst neighborhood in Oakland.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Oakland 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 Oakland.
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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Oakland For 2020
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $263,100 (29th worst)
Median Income: $28,664 (8th worst)
More on North Kennedy Tract: Data
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $169,150 (7th worst)
Median Income: $55,169 (67th worst)
More on Coliseum Industrial: Data
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $75,167 (1st worst)
Median Income: $48,681 (52nd worst)
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Rank Last Year: 43 (Up 39)
Median Home Value: $128,550 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $49,010 (55th worst)
More on Fruitvale Station: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $181,950 (10th worst)
Median Income: $27,462 (6th worst)
More on Fitchburg: Data
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $178,867 (9th worst)
Median Income: $29,571 (9th worst)
More on Eastmont: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $210,667 (14th worst)
Median Income: $23,739 (3rd worst)
More on Coliseum: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $235,600 (21st worst)
Median Income: $30,444 (11th worst)
More on Woodland: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 7)
Median Home Value: $144,500 (4th worst)
Median Income: $38,208 (21st worst)
More on South Stonehurst: Data
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $325,257 (47th worst)
Median Income: $60,700 (72nd worst)
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How we determined the worst Oakland 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 Oakland:
- 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 Oakland, California 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 Oakland.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Oakland to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 130 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 Oakland that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Oakland with North Kennedy Tract landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Oakland aren’t all bad. Crocker Highland takes the cake as the best place to live in Oakland.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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