These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Rochester For 2019


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Rochester 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 Rochester.
Worst Neighborhoods In Rochester

Rochester’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 Rochester.

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

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

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

We examined 32 of Rochester’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Rochester’s reputation.

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

  1. Best
  2. Edgerton
  3. Charles House
  4. Upper Falls
  5. Dutchtown
  6. Mayor’s Heights
  7. South Marketview Heights
  8. Lyell-Otis
  9. Susan B Anthony
  10. Plymouth-Exchange

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Rochester for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Best looks to be the worst neighborhood in Rochester.

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

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How we determined the worst Rochester 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 Rochester:

  • 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 Rochester, New York 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 Rochester.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Rochester to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 32 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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Population: 514
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $62,567 (11th worst)
Median Income: $18,122 (2nd worst)
More on Best:  Data

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Population: 7,051
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $23,855 (1st worst)
Median Income: $18,831 (3rd worst)
More on Edgerton:  Data

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Population: 2,575
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $55,550 (9th worst)
Median Income: $20,658 (8th worst)
More on Charles House:  Data

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Population: 6,838
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $27,756 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $16,813 (1st worst)
More on Upper Falls:  Data

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Population: 3,302
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $39,343 (4th worst)
Median Income: $21,620 (9th worst)
More on Dutchtown:  Data

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Population: 2,522
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $96,980 (21st worst)
Median Income: $18,939 (4th worst)
More on Mayor’s Heights:  Data

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Population: 3,378
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $46,800 (8th worst)
Median Income: $20,220 (7th worst)
More on South Marketview Heights:  Data

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Population: 9,016
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $39,692 (5th worst)
Median Income: $27,936 (12th worst)
More on Lyell-Otis:  Data

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Population: 755
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $147,750 (29th worst)
Median Income: $19,618 (6th worst)
More on Susan B Anthony:  Data

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Population: 3,471
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $41,380 (6th worst)
Median Income: $19,068 (5th worst)
More on Plymouth-Exchange:  Data

The ‘hoods around Rochester that are really hoods

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

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

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 Rochester For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Best 514 $62,567 $18,122
2 Edgerton 7,051 $23,855 $18,831
3 Charles House 2,575 $55,550 $20,658
4 Upper Falls 6,838 $27,756 $16,813
5 Dutchtown 3,302 $39,343 $21,620
6 Mayor’s Heights 2,522 $96,980 $18,939
7 South Marketview Heights 3,378 $46,800 $20,220
8 Lyell-Otis 9,016 $39,692 $27,936
9 Susan B Anthony 755 $147,750 $19,618
10 Plymouth-Exchange 3,471 $41,380 $19,068
11 Genesee-Jefferson 4,523 $43,871 $22,632
12 North Marketview Heights 4,924 $39,200 $22,091
13 Strong 4,446 $72,875 $48,747
14 Maplewood 17,663 $70,009 $34,491
15 Beechwood 8,913 $65,964 $30,428
16 Central Business District 4,457 $56,250 $35,651
17 Highland 5,792 $85,320 $37,308
18 Northland-Lyceum 4,774 $72,580 $34,388
19 Atlantic-University 1,762 $102,100 $39,538
20 South Wedge 3,406 $117,900 $36,400
21 Charlotte 6,806 $90,714 $36,917
22 Pearl-Meigs-Monroe 3,036 $91,433 $35,997
23 19th Ward 20,696 $69,691 $36,499
24 Swillburg 1,889 $99,420 $45,023
25 East Avenue 6,623 $134,240 $46,852
26 Culver-Winton 7,664 $99,225 $51,785
27 Ellwanger-Barry 3,991 $117,657 $49,988
28 Corn Hill 2,460 $165,533 $37,973
29 Browncroft 3,392 $123,550 $59,790
30 Cobbs Hill 1,495 $178,800 $83,062
31 Homestead Heights 4,022 $79,700 $52,330
32 Park Avenue 6,881 $159,055 $57,052