These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Scottsdale For 2018


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

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Scottsdale’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 Scottsdale.

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 Scottsdale. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

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

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

We examined 10 of Scottsdale’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Scottsdale’s reputation:

  1. East Shea
  2. Mccormick Ranch
  3. Resort Corridor
  4. Via Linda Corridor
  5. Downtown
  6. Indian Bend
  7. Sonoran Regional Core
  8. West Cactus
  9. Monterey Arcadia
  10. Airpark

Read on to see how we determined the places around Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale:

  • 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 Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Scottsdale to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 10 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.

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1. East Shea

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Scottsdale

Population: 4,542
Median Income: $103,339
Median Home Value: $602,794

2. Mccormick Ranch

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Scottsdale

Population: 15,572
Median Income: $93,496
Median Home Value: $444,853

3. Resort Corridor

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Scottsdale

Population: 4,133
Median Income: $95,047
Median Home Value: $377,981

4. Via Linda Corridor

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Scottsdale

Population: 7,609
Median Income: $84,623
Median Home Value: $602,794

5. Downtown

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Scottsdale

Population: 3,235
Median Income: $74,871
Median Home Value: $499,157

6. Indian Bend

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Scottsdale

Population: 54,912
Median Income: $59,712
Median Home Value: $254,493

7. Sonoran Regional Core

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Scottsdale

Population: 3,921
Median Income: $128,895
Median Home Value: $672,914

8. West Cactus

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Scottsdale

Population: 8,039
Median Income: $104,811
Median Home Value: $768,685

9. Monterey Arcadia

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Scottsdale

Population: 23,972
Median Income: $72,681
Median Home Value: $708,552

10. Airpark

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Scottsdale

Population: 2,352
Median Income: $118,978
Median Home Value: $733,439

The ‘hoods around Scottsdale that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Scottsdale with East Shea landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Scottsdale aren’t all bad. Airpark takes the cake as the best place to live in Scottsdale.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Scottsdale Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
East Shea 1 4,542 $103,339 $602,794
Mccormick Ranch 2 15,572 $93,496 $444,853
Resort Corridor 3 4,133 $95,047 $377,981
Via Linda Corridor 4 7,609 $84,623 $602,794
Downtown 5 3,235 $74,871 $499,157
Indian Bend 6 54,912 $59,712 $254,493
Sonoran Regional Core 7 3,921 $128,895 $672,914
West Cactus 8 8,039 $104,811 $768,685
Monterey Arcadia 9 23,972 $72,681 $708,552
Airpark 10 2,352 $118,978 $733,439

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