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:
- Oak Grove
- Broad Rock
- Hillside Court
- Broad Rock Industrial Park
- Jeff Davis
- Hollywood Cemetery
- 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
Median Income: $32,675
Median Home Value: $59,300
2. Broad Rock
Median Income: $28,938
Median Home Value: $72,550
3. Hillside Court
Median Income: $15,247
Median Home Value: $63,000
Median Income: $35,125
Median Home Value: $106,900
5. Broad Rock Industrial Park
Median Income: $33,241
Median Home Value: $51,433
Median Income: $33,260
Median Home Value: $34,400
7. Jeff Davis
Median Income: $34,151
Median Home Value: $48,633
8. Hollywood Cemetery
Median Income: $23,125
Median Home Value: $120,300
Median Income: $28,468
Median Home Value: $111,400
10. Pine Camp
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
|5||Broad Rock Industrial Park||1,179|
|19||Biotech And Mcv District||476|
|20||Magnolia Industrial Center||546|
|25||Old Town Manchester||1,185|
|30||Upper Shockoe Valley||1,473|
|31||Highland Park Southern Tip||1,500|
|41||Parnell Industrial Area||755|
|42||North Highland Park||2,922|
|45||Chamberlayne Industrial Center||1,241|
|48||Broad Rock Sports Complex||428|
|49||Belle And Mayo Islands||176|
|52||Southern Barton Heights||780|
|61||Ginter Park Terrace||346|
|62||Church Hill North||2,535|
|73||British Camp Farms||1,693|
|74||Mcguire Veterans Hospital||376|
|82||Northern Barton Heights||2,652|
|105||Country Club Of Virginia||630|
|110||Westover Hills West||675|
|111||Forest Hill Park||354|
|117||Forest Hill Terrace||1,241|
|129||The Museum District||6,834|
|135||Monument Avenue Park||538|