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Omaha'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 Omaha.
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 Omaha. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.
So the question arises, which Omaha neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Omaha hoods need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Omaha area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Dundee ranks way above the rest.
We examined 23 of Omaha's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Omaha's reputation.
So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Omaha for 2021? According to the most recent census data, North Omaha looks to be the worst neighborhood in Omaha.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Omaha 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 Omaha.
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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Omaha For 2021
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $105,149 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $41,793 (7th worst)
More on North Omaha: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $72,349 (worst)
Median Income: $41,544 (6th worst)
More on Old Market: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $107,391 (4th worst)
Median Income: $45,019 (8th worst)
More on Southeast Omaha: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $88,009 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $70,517 (17th worst)
More on Florence: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $111,076 (5th worst)
Median Income: $40,336 (5th worst)
More on Near South: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $111,196 (6th worst)
Median Income: $39,809 (4th worst)
More on Benson: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $136,769 (9th worst)
Median Income: $53,419 (9th worst)
More on Aksarben: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $129,096 (8th worst)
Median Income: $36,715 (3rd worst)
More on Downtown: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $127,689 (7th worst)
Median Income: $54,890 (10th worst)
More on Keystone: Data
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $149,921 (13th worst)
Median Income: $63,381 (14th worst)
More on Northwest Omaha: Data
How we determined the worst Omaha hoods in 2021
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 Omaha:
- 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 Omaha, Nebraska 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 Omaha.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Omaha to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 23 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 Omaha that are really hoods
Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Omaha with North Omaha landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Omaha aren't all bad. Dundee takes the cake as the best place to live in Omaha.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Omaha For 2021?
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