The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Orlando For 2021


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

Orlando'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 Orlando.

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 Orlando. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.

So the question arises, which Orlando neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Orlando hoods need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Orlando area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Rose Isle ranks way above the rest.

We examined 104 of Orlando's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Orlando's reputation.

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Orlando for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Mercy Drive looks to be the worst neighborhood in Orlando.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Orlando 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 Orlando.

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Orlando For 2021

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Population: 1,836
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $33,800 (worst)
Median Income: $16,845 (worst)
More on Mercy Drive:  Data

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Population: 484
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $60,700 (8th worst)
Median Income: $26,509 (10th worst)
More on Roosevelt Park:  Data

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Population: 1,165
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $82,250 (22nd worst)
Median Income: $23,549 (3rd worst)
More on Malibu Groves:  Data

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Population: 408
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $87,300 (25th worst)
Median Income: $24,310 (4th worst)
More on New Malibu:  Data

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Population: 1,011
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $66,700 (11th worst)
Median Income: $28,281 (16th worst)
More on Johnson Village:  Data

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Population: 480
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $69,300 (15th worst)
Median Income: $26,401 (8th worst)
More on Lorna Doone:  Data

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3
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Population: 1,780
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $107,950 (37th worst)
Median Income: $34,276 (30th worst)
More on Signal Hill:  Data

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Population: 3,118
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $34,560 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $17,750 (2nd worst)
More on Holden-Parramore:  Data

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Population: 610
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $87,600 (26th worst)
Median Income: $25,699 (5th worst)
More on Lake Mann Gardens:  Data

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Population: 1,447
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $90,060 (29th worst)
Median Income: $42,770 (52nd worst)
More on West Colonial:  Data

How we determined the worst Orlando 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 Orlando:

  • 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 Orlando, Florida 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 Orlando.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Orlando to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 104 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 Orlando that are really hoods

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Orlando with Mercy Drive landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Orlando aren't all bad. Rose Isle takes the cake as the best place to live in Orlando.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Orlando For 2021?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Mercy Drive 1,836 $33,800 $16,845
2 Roosevelt Park 484 $60,700 $26,509
3 Malibu Groves 1,165 $82,250 $23,549
4 New Malibu 408 $87,300 $24,310
5 Johnson Village 1,011 $66,700 $28,281
6 Lorna Doone 480 $69,300 $26,401
7 Signal Hill 1,780 $107,950 $34,276
8 Holden-Parramore 3,118 $34,560 $17,750
9 Lake Mann Gardens 610 $87,600 $25,699
10 West Colonial 1,447 $90,060 $42,770
11 Clear Lake 1,257 $111,500 $27,179
12 Lake Sunset 1,268 $59,400 $26,068
13 Windhover 563 $171,700 $39,289
14 The Willows 236 $131,200 $32,924
15 Rosemont 8,857 $67,875 $29,968
16 Washington Shores 1,024 $91,400 $26,023
17 Catalina 1,284 $101,833 $27,478
18 Carver Shores 1,389 $75,500 $37,254
19 Richmond Heights 3,113 $68,100 $31,882
20 Rock Lake 1,065 $60,450 $35,830
21 Richmond Estates 1,234 $60,700 $26,509
22 Rio Grande Park 1,113 $119,400 $27,076
23 Lake Mann Estates 1,125 $77,950 $29,544
24 Pershing 252 $43,600 $31,731
25 Kirkman North 3,673 $88,650 $35,461
26 Camellia Gardens 2,053 $93,900 $26,898
27 Countryside 1,368 $79,000 $27,164
28 Kirkman South 3,315 $182,050 $43,330
29 33rd Saint Industrial 4,172 $66,967 $33,337
30 Hibiscus 394 $79,400 $31,542
31 South Semoran 5,584 $134,680 $40,316
32 Seaboard Industrial 1,293 $131,200 $32,924
33 Park Central 794 $103,200 $48,525
34 Lake Richmond 705 $66,100 $41,272
35 Rosemont North 1,745 $84,700 $35,628
36 Boggy Creek 2,221 $114,133 $48,875
37 Florida Center 5,736 $155,450 $51,356
38 South Division 688 $51,800 $40,178
39 Pineloch 682 $175,100 $42,352
40 Colonial Town Center 1,394 $172,760 $50,064
41 Dixie Belle 1,883 $117,400 $41,250
42 Lake Fairview 545 $146,100 $40,848
43 The Dovers 521 $154,600 $32,772
44 Princeton-Silver Star 3,534 $196,225 $57,299
45 Monterey 2,875 $120,150 $35,612
46 Wadeview Park 2,712 $93,833 $44,144
47 Southport 1,726 $118,600 $41,383
48 Lake Frendrica 6,401 $52,000 $30,871
49 Englewood Park 9,224 $93,760 $38,653
50 Millenia 9,044 $88,567 $39,021
51 Airport North 10,061 $95,366 $40,784
52 South Orange 1,430 $134,000 $46,021
53 Coytown 155 $145,500 $51,202
54 Dover Manor 1,046 $154,600 $32,772
55 Florida Center North 10,650 $80,600 $34,726
56 Vista Park 5,085 $157,000 $59,015
57 Mariners Village 2,354 $131,000 $46,034
58 Crescent Park 254 $160,300 $45,121
59 Eagles Nest 5,039 $70,800 $39,263
60 Palomar 294 $236,600 $61,510
61 Ventura 4,373 $85,300 $32,793
62 North Orange 986 $258,500 $60,448
63 East Central Park 1,002 $202,800 $38,290
64 Lake Holden 159 $173,400 $41,438
65 Dover Estates 1,673 $117,400 $41,250
66 Metro West 19,034 $145,750 $47,502
67 Lake Nona South 1,074 $333,300 $101,927
68 Vista East 7,623 $152,333 $57,896
69 Lake Shore Village 272 $236,600 $61,510
70 Lake Terrace 943 $181,200 $46,910
71 Lake Nona Central 609 $333,300 $101,927
72 Orlando International Airport 3,933 $225,950 $71,655
73 Colonicaltown South 1,094 $255,000 $43,296
74 Southern Oaks 547 $217,600 $50,355
75 Lake Cherokee 1,078 $244,500 $43,169
76 Dover Shores East 2,009 $159,500 $52,540
77 Colonicaltown North 2,674 $187,000 $49,922
78 Bryn Mawr 3,605 $144,600 $50,819
79 Lake Copeland 570 $192,550 $59,860
80 Bel Air 635 $194,800 $55,819
81 Wedgewood Groves 1,274 $158,800 $31,318
82 Lake Underhill 1,630 $191,400 $53,036
83 Dover Shores West 1,488 $186,900 $60,785
84 Lake Weldona 207 $296,500 $91,472
85 City Of Orlando-Goaa 586 $333,300 $101,927
86 Park Lake-Highland 1,058 $239,450 $86,912
87 Spring Lake 472 $382,700 $112,404
88 Thornton Park 680 $291,050 $91,478
89 Orwin Manor 508 $371,767 $101,626
90 Lake Nona Estates 397 $333,300 $101,927
91 Audubon Park 1,693 $194,700 $72,343
92 South Eola 1,811 $384,900 $65,350
93 Lake Eola Heights 2,186 $271,133 $63,260
94 Lake Davis-Greenwood 1,260 $330,300 $83,902
95 Lake Como 2,255 $202,575 $71,600
96 Lawsona-Fern Creek 2,153 $278,167 $73,302
97 College Park 11,293 $312,278 $74,653
98 Baldwin Park 7,578 $280,950 $98,644
99 Rowena Gardens 265 $386,200 $119,444
100 Delancy Park 1,007 $252,733 $75,675
101 Lake Formosa 798 $324,050 $76,762
102 Central Business District 3,942 $194,200 $56,448
103 Lancaster Park 339 $373,100 $107,303
104 Rose Isle 313 $472,700 $134,956