The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Oakland For 2021

We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Oakland 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 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Oakland.
Worst Neighborhoods In Oakland

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 Piedmont ranks way above the rest.

We examined 128 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 2021? 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 2021