These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Providence For 2018


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

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Worst Neighborhoods In Providence

Providence’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 Providence.

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

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

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

We examined 24 of Providence’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Providence’s reputation.

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

  1. Lower South Providence
  2. Olneyville
  3. Elmwood
  4. Smith Hill
  5. Hartford
  6. Washington Park
  7. Silverlake
  8. Reservoir
  9. South Elmwood
  10. Wanskuck

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

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How we determined the worst Providence 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 Providence:

  • 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 Providence 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 Providence.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Providence to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 24 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.

1. Lower South Providence

Population: 5,770
Median Income: $24,953
Median Home Value: $112,943

2. Olneyville

Population: 6,873
Median Income: $22,094
Median Home Value: $122,000

3. Elmwood

Population: 10,446
Median Income: $24,362
Median Home Value: $109,133

4. Smith Hill

Population: 5,379
Median Income: $31,206
Median Home Value: $126,867

5. Hartford

Population: 6,957
Median Income: $34,575
Median Home Value: $132,050

6. Washington Park

Population: 7,012
Median Income: $35,698
Median Home Value: $166,271

7. Silverlake

Population: 11,751
Median Income: $36,603
Median Home Value: $128,438

8. Reservoir

Population: 3,022
Median Income: $48,204
Median Home Value: $149,333

9. South Elmwood

Population: 1,771
Median Income: $41,450
Median Home Value: $165,750

10. Wanskuck

Population: 12,096
Median Income: $33,909
Median Home Value: $143,225

The ‘hoods around Providence that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Providence with Lower South Providence landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Providence aren’t all bad. College Hill takes the cake as the best place to live in Providence.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Providence Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Lower South Providence 5,770 $24,953 $112,943
2 Olneyville 6,873 $22,094 $122,000
3 Elmwood 10,446 $24,362 $109,133
4 Smith Hill 5,379 $31,206 $126,867
5 Hartford 6,957 $34,575 $132,050
6 Washington Park 7,012 $35,698 $166,271
7 Silverlake 11,751 $36,603 $128,438
8 Reservoir 3,022 $48,204 $149,333
9 South Elmwood 1,771 $41,450 $165,750
10 Wanskuck 12,096 $33,909 $143,225
11 West End 16,449 $31,257 $162,386
12 Downtown 4,042 $31,334 $150,700
13 Charles 6,293 $42,734 $165,400
14 Valley 5,822 $41,659 $166,160
15 Manton 4,433 $47,073 $153,300
16 Mount Pleasant 10,625 $58,154 $158,727
17 Mount Hope 6,204 $49,791 $182,950
18 Federal Hill 7,546 $34,014 $204,314
19 Hope 2,789 $72,622 $298,550
20 Fox Point 3,257 $52,271 $321,020
21 Blackstone 6,475 $94,661 $430,925
22 Wayland 2,972 $49,078 $522,425
23 Elmhurst 10,809 $61,325 $180,591
24 College Hill 9,345 $73,024 $611,738

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