These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Raleigh For 2018


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

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Worst Neighborhoods In Raleigh

Raleigh’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 Raleigh.

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

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

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

We examined 18 of Raleigh’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Raleigh’s reputation.

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

  1. Southwest
  2. South
  3. Southeast
  4. South Central
  5. Northeast
  6. East Raleigh
  7. West
  8. Central
  9. North Central
  10. Falls Of Neuse

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

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How we determined the worst Raleigh 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 Raleigh:

  • 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 Raleigh 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 Raleigh.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Raleigh to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 18 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. Southwest

Population: 20,154
Median Income: $34,892
Median Home Value: $112,047

2. South

Population: 16,734
Median Income: $43,236
Median Home Value: $131,133

3. Southeast

Population: 27,371
Median Income: $44,506
Median Home Value: $124,477

4. South Central

Population: 7,878
Median Income: $26,093
Median Home Value: $122,138

5. Northeast

Population: 83,020
Median Income: $53,522
Median Home Value: $154,940

6. East Raleigh

Population: 11,242
Median Income: $42,586
Median Home Value: $165,412

7. West

Population: 36,268
Median Income: $46,477
Median Home Value: $157,354

8. Central

Population: 5,224
Median Income: $29,608
Median Home Value: $207,660

9. North Central

Population: 6,457
Median Income: $38,072
Median Home Value: $215,680

10. Falls Of Neuse

Population: 8,346
Median Income: $60,989
Median Home Value: $255,050

The ‘hoods around Raleigh that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Raleigh with Southwest landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Raleigh aren’t all bad. Five Points takes the cake as the best place to live in Raleigh.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Raleigh Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Southwest 20,154 $34,892 $112,047
2 South 16,734 $43,236 $131,133
3 Southeast 27,371 $44,506 $124,477
4 South Central 7,878 $26,093 $122,138
5 Northeast 83,020 $53,522 $154,940
6 East Raleigh 11,242 $42,586 $165,412
7 West 36,268 $46,477 $157,354
8 Central 5,224 $29,608 $207,660
9 North Central 6,457 $38,072 $215,680
10 Falls Of Neuse 8,346 $60,989 $255,050
11 Northwest 78,394 $74,703 $268,951
12 Mordecai 2,808 $50,990 $259,375
13 Hillsborough 13,041 $39,115 $245,436
14 North 75,773 $75,622 $259,204
15 Six Forks 10,277 $79,556 $340,350
16 Wade 9,282 $71,357 $421,620
17 Glenwood 7,630 $110,201 $601,057
18 Five Points 8,547 $102,516 $513,312

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