These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Orlando For 2019


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 2019. 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 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:

  1. Mercy Drive
  2. Roosevelt Park
  3. Malibu Groves
  4. New Malibu
  5. Johnson Village
  6. Lorna Doone
  7. Holden-Parramore
  8. Signal Hill
  9. West Colonial
  10. 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.

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Population: 1,836
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $33,800 (1st worst)
Median Income: $16,845 (1st worst)
More on Mercy Drive:  Data

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Population: 484
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
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: 8 (Up 5)
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: 5 (Up 1)
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: 10 (Up 5)
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: 15 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $69,300 (15th worst)
Median Income: $26,401 (8th worst)
More on Lorna Doone:  Data

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Population: 3,118
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $34,560 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $17,750 (2nd worst)
More on Holden-Parramore:  Data

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Population: 1,780
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $107,950 (37th worst)
Median Income: $34,276 (30th worst)
More on Signal Hill:  Data

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Population: 1,447
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $90,060 (29th worst)
Median Income: $42,770 (52nd worst)
More on West Colonial:  Data

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Population: 610
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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Detailed List Of The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Orlando For 2019

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 Holden-Parramore 3,118 $34,560 $17,750
8 Signal Hill 1,780 $107,950 $34,276
9 West Colonial 1,447 $90,060 $42,770
10 Lake Mann Gardens 610 $87,600 $25,699
11 Lake Sunset 1,268 $59,400 $26,068
12 Clear Lake 1,257 $111,500 $27,179
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 Rock Lake 1,065 $60,450 $35,830
18 Catalina 1,284 $101,833 $27,478
19 Richmond Heights 3,113 $68,100 $31,882
20 Richmond Estates 1,234 $60,700 $26,509
21 Carver Shores 1,389 $75,500 $37,254
22 Lake Mann Estates 1,125 $77,950 $29,544
23 Pershing 252 $43,600 $31,731
24 Rio Grande Park 1,113 $119,400 $27,076
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 Seaboard Industrial 1,293 $131,200 $32,924
32 South Semoran 5,584 $134,680 $40,316
33 Park Central 794 $103,200 $48,525
34 Orlando Executive 783 $110,700 $43,889
35 Rosemont North 1,745 $84,700 $35,628
36 Lake Richmond 705 $66,100 $41,272
37 Florida Center 5,736 $155,450 $51,356
38 Boggy Creek 2,221 $114,133 $48,875
39 Colonial Town Center 1,394 $172,760 $50,064
40 South Division 688 $51,800 $40,178
41 Pineloch 682 $175,100 $42,352
42 Lake Fairview 545 $146,100 $40,848
43 The Dovers 521 $154,600 $32,772
44 Dixie Belle 1,883 $117,400 $41,250
45 Wadeview Park 2,712 $93,833 $44,144
46 Princeton-Silver Star 3,534 $196,225 $57,299
47 Englewood Park 9,224 $93,760 $38,653
48 Lake Frendrica 6,401 $52,000 $30,871
49 Southport 1,726 $118,600 $41,383
50 Monterey 2,875 $120,150 $35,612
51 Millenia 9,044 $88,567 $39,021
52 South Orange 1,430 $134,000 $46,021
53 Airport North 10,061 $95,366 $40,784
54 Coytown 155 $145,500 $51,202
55 Florida Center North 10,650 $80,600 $34,726
56 Dover Manor 1,046 $154,600 $32,772
57 Vista Park 5,085 $157,000 $59,015
58 Mariners Village 2,354 $131,000 $46,034
59 Crescent Park 254 $160,300 $45,121
60 Eagles Nest 5,039 $70,800 $39,263
61 Palomar 294 $236,600 $61,510
62 Ventura 4,373 $85,300 $32,793
63 North Orange 986 $258,500 $60,448
64 Lake Holden 159 $173,400 $41,438
65 East Central Park 1,002 $202,800 $38,290
66 Dover Estates 1,673 $117,400 $41,250
67 Metro West 19,034 $145,750 $47,502
68 Lake Nona South 1,074 $333,300 $101,927
69 Vista East 7,623 $152,333 $57,896
70 Lake Shore Village 272 $236,600 $61,510
71 Lake Terrace 943 $181,200 $46,910
72 Lake Nona Central 609 $333,300 $101,927
73 Orlando International Airport 3,933 $225,950 $71,655
74 Colonicaltown South 1,094 $255,000 $43,296
75 Lake Cherokee 1,078 $244,500 $43,169
76 Southern Oaks 547 $217,600 $50,355
77 Spring Lake 472 $382,700 $112,404
78 Dover Shores East 2,009 $159,500 $52,540
79 Colonicaltown North 2,674 $187,000 $49,922
80 Bel Air 635 $194,800 $55,819
81 Bryn Mawr 3,605 $144,600 $50,819
82 Lake Copeland 570 $192,550 $59,860
83 Wedgewood Groves 1,274 $158,800 $31,318
84 Dover Shores West 1,488 $186,900 $60,785
85 Lake Underhill 1,630 $191,400 $53,036
86 Lake Weldona 207 $296,500 $91,472
87 City Of Orlando-Goaa 586 $333,300 $101,927
88 Park Lake-Highland 1,058 $239,450 $86,912
89 Thornton Park 680 $291,050 $91,478
90 Orwin Manor 508 $371,767 $101,626
91 Lake Nona Estates 397 $333,300 $101,927
92 Audubon Park 1,693 $194,700 $72,343
93 Rowena Gardens 265 $386,200 $119,444
94 Lake Formosa 798 $324,050 $76,762
95 South Eola 1,811 $384,900 $65,350
96 Lake Eola Heights 2,186 $271,133 $63,260
97 Lake Como 2,255 $202,575 $71,600
98 Lawsona-Fern Creek 2,153 $278,167 $73,302
99 Lake Davis-Greenwood 1,260 $330,300 $83,902
100 College Park 11,293 $312,278 $74,653
101 Baldwin Park 7,578 $280,950 $98,644
102 Delancy Park 1,007 $252,733 $75,675
103 Central Business District 3,942 $194,200 $56,448
104 Rose Isle 313 $472,700 $134,956
105 Lancaster Park 339 $373,100 $107,303

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