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San Antonio'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 San Antonio.
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 San Antonio. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.
So the question arises, which San Antonio neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we'll use science and data to determine which San Antonio hoods need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the San Antonio area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Elm Creek ranks way above the rest.
We examined 310 of San Antonio's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to San Antonio's reputation.
So what's the worst neighborhood to live in San Antonio for 2022? According to the most recent census data, Villa De San Antonio looks to be the worst neighborhood in San Antonio.
Read on to see how we determined the places around San Antonio 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 San Antonio.
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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In San Antonio For 2022
In case your Spanish is a bit rusty, Villa De San Antonio means "San Antonio town." Not the most original name.
A small triangular neighborhood in the western part of the city, Villa De San Antonio centers around the intersection of San Judas and San Pablo Pl. The area is almost completely residential, meaning residents have to venture out of the neighborhood to get almost anything. That's just the start of the problems. Residents of Villa De San Antonio also struggle with an unemployment rate of 8.4% and a median income of $27,250.
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $42,500 (worst)
Median Income: $27,250 (13th worst)
More on Villa De San Antonio: Data
Hein-Orchard gets its name from an intersection that makes up the southwest corner of the rectangular neighborhood, the crossing of Hein Road and Orchard Road. Meanwhile, the northern boundary is formed by Martin Luther King Dr., just across from Martin Luther King Park.
This is another spot that has little commercial real estate, forcing residents to search elsewhere for anything they want to buy. That means they also have to search elsewhere for somewhere to work. And, as it turns out, they might need to look even further to find any real jobs. The unemployment rate in Hein-Orchard reaches 9.8%. while the median income come in at $22,448.
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $73,300 (35th worst)
Median Income: $22,448 (3rd worst)
More on Hein-Orchard: Data
Just outside Skyline, you'll find the Red Berry Estate, a giant mansion, complete with a casino, ballroom, chateau, manicured lawns, and a gated fence. Notice we said it was just outside of Skyline. The neighborhood itself is basically the opposite of that. It's got the tiny Skyline Park, but otherwise, no hint of the Red Berry lifestyle.
Instead, this neighborhood in the eastern part of town comes with a 6.3% unemployment rate and a $21,532 median income. It also comes with a lack of amenities. Except for a strip of businesses along WW White Road, you won't find much commercial activity in the area.
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $73,700 (37th worst)
Median Income: $21,532 (2nd worst)
More on Skyline Park: Data
This list has some dominant themes. Many of the neighborhoods ranked worst in the city are small enclaves, lacking commercial areas, with serious economic troubles.
Given that profile, it's no surprise that Dellcrest Forrest ends up as the number 4 worst place in San Antonio for 2022. It fills most of those unfortunate requirements.
Small? Yep, this section of eastern San Antonio is home to just 143 people. Few amenities? Yes, apart from a strip along WW White Road, the neighborhood is almost completely residential. Serious economic troubles? 'Fraid so. Just look at the $25,791 median income and the 8.4% unemployment rate.
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $81,400 (58th worst)
Median Income: $25,791 (8th worst)
More on Dellcrest Forrest: Data
Located in western San Antonio, Cable-Westwood is nearly bisected by Pinn Road. At the same time, it has a string of fast food and chain restaurants on Military Drive, along its western border. In the northeast corner of the neighborhood, you can also find a portion of the Leon Creek Greenway.
So far, things are looking up compared to some of the other areas on this list. There are some other points of optimism. Mainly, the economy is slightly better than many of the other places that rank among San Antonio's worst.
Now, we said better...not good. Cable-Westwood still suffers from a shaky financial situation. The unemployment rate stands at 6.3%, while the median income touches $32,447.
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $73,520 (36th worst)
Median Income: $32,447 (36th worst)
More on Cable-Westwood: Data
So basketball fans are going to jump to a conclusion here and get disappointed. No, the Arena District doesn't house the AT&T Center, home of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. That's located a bit to the northeast. But the Arena District does have its share of draws. This includes St. Philip's College, a local community college.
However, like so many spots on this list, economic troubles drag the neighborhood down. As a result, the Arena District ends up as the number 6 worst location in San Antonio for 2022. Need some proof? Just look at the median income of $26,842 and an unemployment rate of 6.4%.
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $62,040 (19th worst)
Median Income: $26,842 (11th worst)
More on Arena District: Data
We know. Not much of a name. We don't get to choose these things. Maybe San Antonio should sponsor a naming contest to get this area a better moniker than "United Homeowners." But, as it stands, we have to work with what we've got.
Unlike most of the bland urban environments we've seen so far, United Homeowners comes with its share of green. You've got the Salado Creek Greenway and Pletz County Park. You even have a large campground/cabin village at the San Antonio/Alamo KOA Holiday.
But the economic issues typical to this list persist here. The median income only reaches $29,808 and the unemployment rate sits at 6.7%.
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $88,900 (70th worst)
Median Income: $29,808 (24th worst)
More on United Homeowners: Data
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 13)
Median Home Value: $58,767 (16th worst)
Median Income: $30,351 (27th worst)
More on Wheatley Heights: Data
You've probably guessed that Eastgate stands near the eastern edge of the city. The area tucks into the intersection of I-410 and I-10. If you don't like the traffic noise and fumes to the north and west, you can head to the southeast corner of the neighborhood. That's where you'll find Meadowlawn Cemetery.
Interstates and graveyards. That about sums it up.
You won't find much else in this tiny neighborhood. The lack of retail space forces locals to jump on one of the Interstates to buy most of the things they need. At the same time, the economy in Eastgate is weak...if you're not a mortician, that is.
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $88,100 (67th worst)
Median Income: $34,625 (44th worst)
More on Eastgate: Data
Rank Last Year: 36 (Up 26)
Median Home Value: $82,500 (60th worst)
Median Income: $41,932 (85th worst)
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Methodology: How we determined the worst San Antonio neighborhoods in 2022
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 San Antonio:
- 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 San Antonio, Texas 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 San Antonio.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around San Antonio to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 310 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.
Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around San Antonio
Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in San Antonio with Villa De San Antonio landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in San Antonio aren't all bad. Elm Creek takes the cake as the best place to live in San Antonio.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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