These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Richmond For 2018


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

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Worst Neighborhoods In Richmond

Richmond’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 Richmond.

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

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

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

We examined 139 of Richmond’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Richmond’s reputation.

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

  1. Oak Grove
  2. Broad Rock
  3. Hillside Court
  4. Oakwood
  5. Broad Rock Industrial Park
  6. Cofer
  7. Jeff Davis
  8. Hollywood Cemetery
  9. Elkhardt
  10. Pine Camp

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

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How we determined the worst Richmond 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 Richmond:

  • 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 Richmond 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 Richmond.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Richmond to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 139 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. Oak Grove

Population: 1,209
Median Income: $32,675
Median Home Value: $59,300

2. Broad Rock

Population: 607
Median Income: $28,938
Median Home Value: $72,550

3. Hillside Court

Population: 718
Median Income: $15,247
Median Home Value: $63,000

4. Oakwood

Population: 273
Median Income: $35,125
Median Home Value: $106,900

5. Broad Rock Industrial Park

Population: 1,179
Median Income: $33,241
Median Home Value: $51,433

6. Cofer

Population: 373
Median Income: $33,260
Median Home Value: $34,400

7. Jeff Davis

Population: 2,194
Median Income: $34,151
Median Home Value: $48,633

8. Hollywood Cemetery

Population: 552
Median Income: $23,125
Median Home Value: $120,300

9. Elkhardt

Population: 639
Median Income: $28,468
Median Home Value: $111,400

10. Pine Camp

Population: 460
Median Income: $28,036
Median Home Value: $123,900

The ‘hoods around Richmond that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Richmond with Oak Grove landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Richmond aren’t all bad. Laburnum Park takes the cake as the best place to live in Richmond.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Richmond Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Oak Grove 1,209 $32,675 $59,300
2 Broad Rock 607 $28,938 $72,550
3 Hillside Court 718 $15,247 $63,000
4 Oakwood 273 $35,125 $106,900
5 Broad Rock Industrial Park 1,179 $33,241 $51,433
6 Cofer 373 $33,260 $34,400
7 Jeff Davis 2,194 $34,151 $48,633
8 Hollywood Cemetery 552 $23,125 $120,300
9 Elkhardt 639 $28,468 $111,400
10 Pine Camp 460 $28,036 $123,900
11 Davee Gardens 38 $26,750 $58,300
12 Peter Paul 778 $19,553 $92,333
13 Bellemeade 2,913 $23,336 $85,133
14 Washington Park 613 $28,036 $123,900
15 Creighton 1,234 $10,620 $93,100
16 Woodville 936 $19,553 $92,333
17 Highland Terrace 786 $29,384 $93,400
18 Green Park 552 $33,638 $98,250
19 Biotech And Mcv District 476 $32,708 $118,650
20 Magnolia Industrial Center 546 $28,185 $114,000
21 Mosby 1,680 $11,910 $28,750
22 Fairfield 1,049 $12,329 $110,650
23 Oakwood Cemetery 1,155 $35,125 $106,900
24 Swansboro West 2,334 $14,706 $113,600
25 Old Town Manchester 1,185 $38,002 $120,050
26 Maymont 311 $25,964 $136,400
27 Whitcomb 2,265 $20,172 $96,100
28 Maury 765 $27,802 $71,900
29 Midlothian 3,371 $35,216 $110,712
30 Upper Shockoe Valley 1,473 $17,871 $106,675
31 Highland Park Southern Tip 1,500 $29,798 $110,975
32 Belmont Woods 534 $38,033 $174,500
33 Blackwell 1,364 $37,596 $125,867
34 Brookbury 540 $38,033 $174,500
35 Fairmount 1,016 $18,078 $64,033
36 Worthington 1,112 $38,641 $116,250
37 Mcguire 641 $35,444 $97,000
38 Eastview 1,014 $14,038 $128,200
39 Swansboro 2,119 $33,071 $153,429
40 Hioaks 1,441 $31,034 $76,000
41 Parnell Industrial Area 755 $43,278 $97,250
42 North Highland Park 2,922 $35,618 $104,267
43 Piney Knolls 3,194 $34,466 $146,500
44 Mcguire Manor 1,549 $40,500 $108,900
45 Chamberlayne Industrial Center 1,241 $37,154 $129,800
46 Providence Park 1,520 $32,710 $109,250
47 Woodhaven 1,820 $35,532 $111,700
48 Broad Rock Sports Complex 428 $43,327 $120,900
49 Belle And Mayo Islands 176 $30,341 $176,100
50 John Marshall 938 $31,798 $219,500
51 Fulton 4,244 $29,494 $126,375
52 Southern Barton Heights 780 $45,078 $143,300
53 Jahnke 2,679 $35,688 $121,100
54 Brauers 693 $20,929 $97,400
55 Belt Center 676 $47,686 $138,250
56 Pocoshock 416 $48,814 $121,100
57 Newtowne West 145 $32,578 $177,700
58 Museums 210 $32,578 $177,700
59 Deerbourne 616 $46,778 $124,100
60 Carver 2,345 $30,735 $150,300
61 Ginter Park Terrace 346 $42,163 $157,100
62 Church Hill North 2,535 $36,385 $129,480
63 Maymont Park 200 $49,219 $216,200
64 Warwick 627 $48,814 $121,100
65 Capitol District 237 $45,022 $275,850
66 Westover 2,569 $41,110 $144,900
67 City Center 387 $38,865 $263,000
68 Hickory Hill 1,487 $48,212 $121,300
69 Swanson 1,072 $48,814 $121,100
70 Vcu 3,919 $15,692 $279,900
71 Cullenwood 220 $46,417 $134,100
72 Brookland Park 1,836 $36,376 $150,567
73 British Camp Farms 1,693 $42,690 $124,350
74 Mcguire Veterans Hospital 376 $46,417 $134,100
75 Cottrell Farms 1,145 $41,060 $133,850
76 Virginia Union 1,563 $48,408 $155,525
77 South Garden 2,168 $43,327 $120,900
78 Walmsley 2,278 $43,834 $130,400
79 Westlake Hills 1,160 $43,267 $184,200
80 Beaufont 1,398 $42,462 $134,000
81 Powhite Park 269 $58,773 $193,900
82 Northern Barton Heights 2,652 $45,270 $155,720
83 Reedy Creek 1,300 $30,673 $160,200
84 Carillon 532 $62,084 $239,350
85 Byrd Park 1,349 $54,490 $221,500
86 Scott’S Addition 475 $39,324 $232,850
87 Randolph 2,877 $38,987 $168,300
88 Monroe Ward 1,705 $30,636 $275,850
89 Stadium 436 $48,854 $166,600
90 Chimborazo 1,572 $47,669 $184,033
91 Northrop 1,655 $28,146 $225,000
92 Oregon Hill 1,257 $48,980 $202,400
93 The Diamond 754 $54,498 $195,500
94 Jackson Ward 1,516 $32,708 $237,300
95 Union Hill 1,151 $39,001 $202,200
96 Brookhaven Farms 345 $60,625 $171,800
97 Woodland Heights 2,108 $49,242 $212,050
98 Shockoe Slip 137 $45,022 $551,700
99 Central Office 186 $45,022 $551,700
100 Forest View 797 $56,834 $211,900
101 Cedarhurst 2,151 $51,390 $177,800
102 Gravel Hill 613 $72,590 $232,700
103 Sherwood Park 858 $48,182 $290,500
104 Gambles Hill 261 $45,022 $551,700
105 Country Club Of Virginia 630 $133,125 $269,350
106 Willow Oaks 601 $63,304 $228,300
107 Stony Point 971 $84,787 $293,850
108 Fawnbrook 696 $60,625 $171,800
109 Chippenham Forest 1,003 $48,328 $268,800
110 Westover Hills West 675 $59,225 $190,100
111 Forest Hill Park 354 $66,294 $269,350
112 Southampton 368 $71,761 $247,100
113 Rosedale 605 $59,662 $246,650
114 Shockoe Bottom 2,254 $45,263 $260,650
115 Bryan Park 1,079 $42,907 $280,000
116 Edgewood 711 $55,444 $166,250
117 Forest Hill Terrace 1,241 $61,536 $218,750
118 Ginter Park 4,634 $49,375 $253,529
119 Stratford Hills 2,783 $85,989 $249,150
120 Church Hill 2,149 $59,996 $240,220
121 Forest Hill 1,043 $81,916 $244,250
122 Huguenot 3,489 $78,479 $280,750
123 Stonewall Court 892 $113,496 $456,800
124 Oxford 1,896 $78,289 $260,750
125 Bellevue 2,580 $60,210 $263,700
126 Carytown 2,242 $54,184 $268,050
127 Willow Lawn 874 $82,142 $301,833
128 Westover Hills 1,017 $63,854 $248,350
129 The Museum District 6,834 $52,257 $309,800
130 Sauer’S Gardens 996 $58,708 $279,350
131 The Fan 13,650 $46,014 $381,640
132 Wilton 744 $169,792 $854,300
133 Malvern Gardens 1,528 $70,560 $283,867
134 Windsor Farms 1,624 $176,338 $844,100
135 Monument Avenue Park 538 $71,346 $270,700
136 Colonial Place 2,043 $94,520 $344,075
137 Three Chopt 2,198 $100,134 $385,700
138 Mary Munford 1,445 $68,516 $359,000
139 Laburnum Park 837 $96,250 $347,400

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