These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Riverside For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Riverside.
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Riverside’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 Riverside.

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

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

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

We examined 28 of Riverside’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Riverside’s reputation.

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

  1. Hunter Industrial Park
  2. University
  3. Eastside
  4. Downtown
  5. Arlington
  6. Sycamore Canyon Park
  7. Casablanca
  8. Northside
  9. Canyon Springs
  10. La Sierra South

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Riverside for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Hunter Industrial Park looks to be the worst neighborhood in Riverside.

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

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How we determined the worst Riverside hoods in 2019

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 Riverside:

  • 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 Riverside, California 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 Riverside.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Riverside to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 28 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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4
/10

Population: 5,679
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $140,071 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $43,003 (2nd worst)
More on Hunter Industrial Park:  Data

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5
/10

Population: 18,761
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $137,785 (1st worst)
Median Income: $41,778 (1st worst)
More on University:  Data

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7
/10

Population: 15,851
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $194,519 (4th worst)
Median Income: $53,294 (9th worst)
More on Eastside:  Data

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6
/10

Population: 10,620
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $211,008 (7th worst)
Median Income: $51,283 (6th worst)
More on Downtown:  Data

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8
/10

Population: 12,300
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $196,489 (5th worst)
Median Income: $46,568 (3rd worst)
More on Arlington:  Data

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8
/10

Population: 244
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $153,550 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $59,818 (14th worst)
More on Sycamore Canyon Park:  Data

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7
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Population: 4,036
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $206,580 (6th worst)
Median Income: $47,177 (4th worst)
More on Casablanca:  Data

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8
/10

Population: 8,824
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $229,940 (13th worst)
Median Income: $62,907 (15th worst)
More on Northside:  Data

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8
/10

Population: 3,041
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $281,767 (18th worst)
Median Income: $94,038 (24th worst)
More on Canyon Springs:  Data

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6
/10

Population: 12,524
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $274,850 (17th worst)
Median Income: $71,682 (18th worst)
More on La Sierra South:  Data

The ‘hoods around Riverside that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Riverside with Hunter Industrial Park landing at the bottom of the pack.

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

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Riverside For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Hunter Industrial Park 5,679 $140,071 $43,003
2 University 18,761 $137,785 $41,778
3 Eastside 15,851 $194,519 $53,294
4 Downtown 10,620 $211,008 $51,283
5 Arlington 12,300 $196,489 $46,568
6 Sycamore Canyon Park 244 $153,550 $59,818
7 Casablanca 4,036 $206,580 $47,177
8 Northside 8,824 $229,940 $62,907
9 Canyon Springs 3,041 $281,767 $94,038
10 La Sierra South 12,524 $274,850 $71,682
11 La Sierra Acres 11,211 $225,038 $53,180
12 Magnolia Center 14,443 $240,823 $54,135
13 Arlington Heights 4,600 $330,957 $69,934
14 Grand 6,845 $264,300 $79,562
15 La Sierra 36,203 $226,343 $56,462
16 Arlington South 4,657 $296,050 $71,106
17 Arlanza 23,378 $212,180 $47,786
18 Airport 10,548 $222,071 $52,192
19 Ramona 26,130 $218,559 $57,952
20 La Sierra Hills 6,096 $294,300 $72,326
21 Presidential Park 5,172 $242,100 $56,316
22 Wood Streets 6,979 $308,125 $76,018
23 Canyon Crest 16,329 $375,300 $88,863
24 Mission Grove 10,116 $398,583 $121,652
25 Hawarden Hills 2,610 $569,125 $148,704
26 Alessandro Heights 3,412 $638,733 $166,143
27 Victoria 9,762 $328,322 $93,431
28 Orangecrest 18,304 $386,283 $108,689