San Diego’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 Diego.
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 Diego. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which San Diego neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which San Diego hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the San Diego area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Marina ranks way above the rest.
We examined 86 of San Diego’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to San Diego’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in San Diego according to data:
- San Ysidro
- Mount Hope
- Palm City
- Tijuana River Valley
- Emerald Hills
- Bario Logan
- Mountain View
- Egger Highlands
Read on to see how we determined the places around San Diego 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 Diego.
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How we determined the worst San Diego 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 San Diego:
- 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 Diego 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 Diego.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around San Diego to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 86 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. San Ysidro
Median Income: $42,956
Median Home Value: $199,794
Median Income: $53,097
Median Home Value: $181,867
3. Mount Hope
Median Income: $37,857
Median Home Value: $250,880
4. Palm City
Median Income: $59,131
Median Home Value: $183,720
5. Tijuana River Valley
Median Income: $55,500
Median Home Value: $267,250
Median Income: $27,644
Median Home Value: $238,364
7. Emerald Hills
Median Income: $42,021
Median Home Value: $219,060
8. Bario Logan
Median Income: $28,429
Median Home Value: $178,175
9. Mountain View
Median Income: $29,547
Median Home Value: $251,850
10. Egger Highlands
Median Income: $52,382
Median Home Value: $230,980
The ‘hoods around San Diego that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in San Diego with San Ysidro landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in San Diego aren’t all bad. Marina takes the cake as the best place to live in San Diego.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Worst San Diego Neighborhoods
|5||Tijuana River Valley||2,803|
|11||City Heights East||38,231|
|20||City Heights West||31,511|
|47||La Jolla Village||6,202|
|57||West University Heights||9,247|
|84||Del Mar Heights||6,885|