THE 10 WORST Neighborhoods In Omaha For 2020


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Omaha 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 Omaha.
Worst Neighborhoods In Omaha

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.

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

  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 2020? 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.

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Omaha For 2020

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Omaha

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Population: 86,948
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $105,149 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $41,793 (7th worst)
More on North Omaha:  Data

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Omaha

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Population: 6,580
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $72,349 (1st worst)
Median Income: $41,544 (6th worst)
More on Old Market:  Data

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Omaha

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Population: 73,909
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $107,391 (4th worst)
Median Income: $45,019 (8th worst)
More on Southeast Omaha:  Data

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Omaha

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Population: 490
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $88,009 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $70,517 (17th worst)
More on Florence:  Data

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Omaha

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Population: 7,172
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $111,076 (5th worst)
Median Income: $40,336 (5th worst)
More on Near South:  Data

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Omaha

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Population: 8,646
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $111,196 (6th worst)
Median Income: $39,809 (4th worst)
More on Benson:  Data

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Omaha

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Population: 5,421
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $136,769 (9th worst)
Median Income: $53,419 (9th worst)
More on Aksarben:  Data

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Omaha

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Population: 33,997
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $129,096 (8th worst)
Median Income: $36,715 (3rd worst)
More on Downtown:  Data

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Omaha

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Population: 4,917
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $127,689 (7th worst)
Median Income: $54,890 (10th worst)
More on Keystone:  Data

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Omaha

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Population: 50,085
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 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 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 2020?

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