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 Lancaster Park ranks way above the rest.
We examined 105 of Orlando’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Orlando’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Orlando according to data:
- Mercy Drive
- Roosevelt Park
- Malibu Groves
- New Malibu
- Johnson Village
- Lorna Doone
- Signal Hill
- West Colonial
- Lake Mann Gardens
So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Orlando for 2019? 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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How we determined the worst Orlando hoods in 2019
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 105 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.
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $33,800 (1st worst)
Median Income: $16,845 (1st worst)
More on Mercy Drive: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $60,700 (8th worst)
Median Income: $26,509 (10th worst)
More on Roosevelt Park: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $82,250 (22nd worst)
Median Income: $23,549 (3rd worst)
More on Malibu Groves: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $87,300 (25th worst)
Median Income: $24,310 (4th worst)
More on New Malibu: Data
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $66,700 (11th worst)
Median Income: $28,281 (16th worst)
More on Johnson Village: Data
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $69,300 (15th worst)
Median Income: $26,401 (8th worst)
More on Lorna Doone: Data
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $34,560 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $17,750 (2nd worst)
More on Holden-Parramore: Data
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $107,950 (37th worst)
Median Income: $34,276 (30th worst)
More on Signal Hill: Data
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $90,060 (29th worst)
Median Income: $42,770 (52nd worst)
More on West Colonial: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $87,600 (26th worst)
Median Income: $25,699 (5th worst)
More on Lake Mann Gardens: Data
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. Lancaster Park 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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