These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Phoenix For 2018


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Phoenix that are the real pits.

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Phoenix’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 Phoenix.

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 Phoenix. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

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

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

We examined 15 of Phoenix’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Phoenix’s reputation:

  1. Central City
  2. Maryvale
  3. Estrella
  4. South Mountain
  5. Alahambra
  6. North Mountain
  7. Laveen
  8. Encanto
  9. New Village
  10. Deer Valley

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

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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How we determined the worst Phoenix hoods

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 Phoenix:

  • 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 Phoenix 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 Phoenix.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Phoenix to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 15 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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1. Central City

Population: 53,865
Median Income: $23,625
Median Home Value: $86,237

2. Maryvale

Population: 211,609
Median Income: $33,948
Median Home Value: $69,777

3. Estrella

Population: 84,229
Median Income: $37,337
Median Home Value: $80,451

4. South Mountain

Population: 115,225
Median Income: $41,201
Median Home Value: $96,300

5. Alahambra

Population: 131,584
Median Income: $41,563
Median Home Value: $125,731

6. North Mountain

Population: 164,463
Median Income: $48,344
Median Home Value: $126,694

7. Laveen

Population: 50,986
Median Income: $62,572
Median Home Value: $158,462

8. Encanto

Population: 53,559
Median Income: $43,273
Median Home Value: $147,559

9. New Village

Population: 5,615
Median Income: $84,160
Median Home Value: $196,075

10. Deer Valley

Population: 165,609
Median Income: $61,691
Median Home Value: $147,528

The ‘hoods around Phoenix that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Phoenix with Central City landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Phoenix aren’t all bad. Desert View takes the cake as the best place to live in Phoenix.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Phoenix Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Central City 1 53,865 $23,625 $86,237
Maryvale 2 211,609 $33,948 $69,777
Estrella 3 84,229 $37,337 $80,451
South Mountain 4 115,225 $41,201 $96,300
Alahambra 5 131,584 $41,563 $125,731
North Mountain 6 164,463 $48,344 $126,694
Laveen 7 50,986 $62,572 $158,462
Encanto 8 53,559 $43,273 $147,559
New Village 9 5,615 $84,160 $196,075
Deer Valley 10 165,609 $61,691 $147,528
Camelback East 11 136,706 $52,334 $226,153
Paradise Valley 12 175,020 $70,493 $231,544
North Gateway 13 15,539 $92,078 $238,312
Ahwatukee Foothills 14 77,349 $92,913 $273,545
Desert View 15 47,652 $97,488 $317,848

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