The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Omaha, NE

The most dangerous and worst Omaha neighborhoods are North Omaha and Old Market for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

Worst Neighborhoods In Omaha
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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 Nebraska thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Omaha. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.

So the question arises, which Omaha neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science 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 most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Omaha’s reputation.

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Omaha For 2023

  1. North Omaha
  2. Old Market
  3. Southeast Omaha
  4. Florence
  5. Near South
  6. Benson
  7. Aksarben
  8. Downtown
  9. Keystone
  10. Northwest Omaha

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Omaha for 2023? 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.

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Table Of Contents: Top 10 | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Omaha For 2023

1. North Omaha

Population: 86,948

Median Home Value: $105,149 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $41,793 (7th worst)

2. Old Market

Population: 6,580

Median Home Value: $72,349 (worst)
Median Income: $41,544 (6th worst)

3. Southeast Omaha

Population: 73,909

Median Home Value: $107,391 (4th worst)
Median Income: $45,019 (8th worst)

4. Florence

Population: 490

Median Home Value: $88,009 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $70,517 (17th worst)

5. Near South

Population: 7,172

Median Home Value: $111,076 (5th worst)
Median Income: $40,336 (5th worst)

6. Benson

Population: 8,646

Median Home Value: $111,196 (6th worst)
Median Income: $39,809 (4th worst)

7. Aksarben

Population: 5,421

Median Home Value: $136,769 (9th worst)
Median Income: $53,419 (9th worst)

8. Downtown

Population: 33,997

Median Home Value: $129,096 (8th worst)
Median Income: $36,715 (3rd worst)

9. Keystone

Population: 4,917

Median Home Value: $127,689 (7th worst)
Median Income: $54,890 (10th worst)

10. Northwest Omaha

Population: 50,085

Median Home Value: $149,921 (13th worst)
Median Income: $63,381 (14th worst)

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Omaha neighborhoods in 2023

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 plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Omaha:

  • High crime (Estimated)
  • 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)

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 criterion into a “Worst Score.”

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Omaha.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2023. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Omaha.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 23 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Omaha

Well, there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Omaha with North Omaha landing at the bottom of the pack.

As 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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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Omaha For 2023?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 North Omaha 86,948 $105,149 $41,793
2 Old Market 6,580 $72,349 $41,544
3 Southeast Omaha 73,909 $107,391 $45,019
4 Florence 490 $88,009 $70,517
5 Near South 7,172 $111,076 $40,336
6 Benson 8,646 $111,196 $39,809
7 Aksarben 5,421 $136,769 $53,419
8 Downtown 33,997 $129,096 $36,715
9 Keystone 4,917 $127,689 $54,890
10 Northwest Omaha 50,085 $149,921 $63,381
11 Cathedral 6,165 $147,219 $34,052
12 Field Club 3,413 $146,690 $33,985
13 Rockbrook 5,265 $232,682 $65,146
14 Millard 21,911 $189,348 $82,944
15 Central 40,073 $199,799 $58,956
16 Holy Cross 5,259 $149,133 $58,275
17 Westside 2,346 $190,189 $103,819
18 Ralston 21,576 $161,085 $58,643
19 Southwest Omaha 41,418 $162,630 $84,873
20 South Central Omaha 3,899 $351,715 $90,147
21 West Omaha 38,223 $290,126 $76,626
22 Fairacres 11,071 $230,379 $72,774
23 Dundee 6,298 $296,365 $69,233
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

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