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 33 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:
- Charles House
- Upper Falls
- Mayor’s Heights
- North Marketview Heights
- Susan B Anthony
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
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 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 33 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.
Median Income: $19,090
Median Home Value: $46,700
Median Income: $17,927
Median Home Value: $68,745
3. Charles House
Median Income: $25,507
Median Home Value: $37,133
Median Income: $23,710
Median Home Value: $41,100
5. Upper Falls
Median Income: $18,081
Median Home Value: $43,900
Median Income: $20,119
Median Home Value: $50,200
7. Mayor’S Heights
Median Income: $19,089
Median Home Value: $66,600
8. North Marketview Heights
Median Income: $22,608
Median Home Value: $35,217
Median Income: $22,787
Median Home Value: $49,643
10. Susan B Anthony
Median Income: $21,181
Median Home Value: $80,600
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 Rochester Neighborhoods
|8||North Marketview Heights||4,977|
|10||Susan B Anthony||709|
|12||South Marketview Heights||3,532|
|13||Central Business District||4,186|
|30||Duran Eastman Park||14|