These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Rochester For 2018


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

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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 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:

  1. Best
  2. Edgerton
  3. Charles House
  4. Dutchtown
  5. Upper Falls
  6. Plymouth-Exchange
  7. Mayor’s Heights
  8. North Marketview Heights
  9. Genesee-Jefferson
  10. 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.

1. Best

Population: 511
Median Income: $19,090
Median Home Value: $46,700

2. Edgerton

Population: 7,063
Median Income: $17,927
Median Home Value: $68,745

3. Charles House

Population: 2,877
Median Income: $25,507
Median Home Value: $37,133

4. Dutchtown

Population: 3,260
Median Income: $23,710
Median Home Value: $41,100

5. Upper Falls

Population: 6,569
Median Income: $18,081
Median Home Value: $43,900

6. Plymouth-Exchange

Population: 3,886
Median Income: $20,119
Median Home Value: $50,200

7. Mayor’S Heights

Population: 2,234
Median Income: $19,089
Median Home Value: $66,600

8. North Marketview Heights

Population: 4,977
Median Income: $22,608
Median Home Value: $35,217

9. Genesee-Jefferson

Population: 4,642
Median Income: $22,787
Median Home Value: $49,643

10. Susan B Anthony

Population: 709
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

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Best 511 $19,090 $46,700
2 Edgerton 7,063 $17,927 $68,745
3 Charles House 2,877 $25,507 $37,133
4 Dutchtown 3,260 $23,710 $41,100
5 Upper Falls 6,569 $18,081 $43,900
6 Plymouth-Exchange 3,886 $20,119 $50,200
7 Mayor’S Heights 2,234 $19,089 $66,600
8 North Marketview Heights 4,977 $22,608 $35,217
9 Genesee-Jefferson 4,642 $22,787 $49,643
10 Susan B Anthony 709 $21,181 $80,600
11 Lyell-Otis 8,982 $28,567 $71,462
12 South Marketview Heights 3,532 $20,562 $89,120
13 Central Business District 4,186 $16,726 $52,225
14 Beechwood 9,627 $26,201 $63,091
15 Strong 4,847 $39,414 $67,450
16 Maplewood 16,299 $34,452 $84,204
17 Charlotte 7,035 $37,392 $87,529
18 Highland 5,445 $27,579 $79,320
19 Northland-Lyceum 4,959 $38,471 $79,171
20 19Th Ward 22,135 $35,422 $70,217
21 South Wedge 3,268 $33,360 $115,520
22 Swillburg 1,695 $40,186 $119,980
23 Atlantic-University 1,832 $51,814 $159,400
24 Homestead Heights 4,048 $47,811 $77,350
25 Pearl-Meigs-Monroe 3,015 $33,768 $91,633
26 Corn Hill 2,425 $37,588 $136,233
27 Browncroft 2,975 $58,158 $133,050
28 Ellwanger-Barry 4,121 $46,788 $132,200
29 Culver-Winton 8,082 $53,176 $100,075
30 Duran Eastman Park 14 $58,750 $129,200
31 Cobbs Hill 1,498 $83,224 $183,550
32 East Avenue 6,484 $45,774 $176,290
33 Park Avenue 6,568 $52,651 $196,564

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