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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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 ten places don’t quite measure up to Providence’s reputation:

  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.

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 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.

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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

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

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