These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Salt Lake City For 2018


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Salt Lake City that are the real pits.

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Worst Neighborhoods In Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City’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 Salt Lake City.

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 Salt Lake City. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

So the question arises, which Salt Lake City neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

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

We examined 19 of Salt Lake City’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Salt Lake City’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Salt Lake City according to data:

  1. Poplar Grove
  2. Glendale
  3. Westpointe
  4. Fairpark
  5. Rose Park
  6. People’s Freeway
  7. Downtown
  8. Central City
  9. Capitol Hill
  10. Central City-Liberty Welss

Read on to see how we determined the places around Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City:

  • 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 Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Salt Lake City to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 19 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. Poplar Grove

Population: 14,382
Median Income: $38,776
Median Home Value: $121,315

2. Glendale

Population: 12,870
Median Income: $39,852
Median Home Value: $146,538

3. Westpointe

Population: 8,833
Median Income: $41,686
Median Home Value: $163,450

4. Fairpark

Population: 7,082
Median Income: $39,247
Median Home Value: $137,488

5. Rose Park

Population: 9,835
Median Income: $42,166
Median Home Value: $142,600

6. People’S Freeway

Population: 6,128
Median Income: $26,965
Median Home Value: $171,950

7. Downtown

Population: 3,166
Median Income: $43,431
Median Home Value: $218,375

8. Central City

Population: 10,111
Median Income: $34,045
Median Home Value: $193,081

9. Capitol Hill

Population: 7,528
Median Income: $47,365
Median Home Value: $217,073

10. Central City-Liberty Welss

Population: 2,923
Median Income: $43,916
Median Home Value: $219,983

The ‘hoods around Salt Lake City that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Salt Lake City with Poplar Grove landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Salt Lake City aren’t all bad. Wasatch Hollow takes the cake as the best place to live in Salt Lake City.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Salt Lake City Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Poplar Grove 14,382 $38,776 $121,315
2 Glendale 12,870 $39,852 $146,538
3 Westpointe 8,833 $41,686 $163,450
4 Fairpark 7,082 $39,247 $137,488
5 Rose Park 9,835 $42,166 $142,600
6 People’S Freeway 6,128 $26,965 $171,950
7 Downtown 3,166 $43,431 $218,375
8 Central City 10,111 $34,045 $193,081
9 Capitol Hill 7,528 $47,365 $217,073
10 Central City-Liberty Welss 2,923 $43,916 $219,983
11 Liberty Wells 8,638 $46,337 $203,060
12 Greater Avenues 15,303 $89,302 $370,531
13 Sugar House 31,192 $66,587 $301,749
14 East Central 20,682 $48,759 $282,130
15 East Bench 8,492 $109,074 $369,210
16 Arcadia Heights 673 $86,875 $440,300
17 Yalecrest 3,809 $85,737 $388,660
18 Bonneville Hills 3,502 $90,761 $447,580
19 Wasatch Hollow 3,309 $92,019 $421,314

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