The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In San Jose For 2021

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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in San Jose.
Worst Neighborhoods In San Jose

San Jose'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 Jose.

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 Jose. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.

So the question arises, which San Jose neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which San Jose hoods need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the San Jose area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although West San Jose ranks way above the rest.

We examined 18 of San Jose's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to San Jose's reputation.

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in San Jose for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Buena Vista looks to be the worst neighborhood in San Jose.

Read on to see how we determined the places around San Jose 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 Jose.

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In San Jose For 2021