Spokane’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 Spokane.
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 Spokane. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Spokane neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Spokane hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Spokane area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Manitocannon Hill ranks way above the rest.
We examined 27 of Spokane’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Spokane’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Spokane according to data:
- Chief Garry Park
- West Central
- East Central
Read on to see how we determined the places around Spokane 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 Spokane 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 Spokane:
- 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 Spokane 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 Spokane.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Spokane to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 27 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. Chief Garry Park
Median Income: $31,284
Median Home Value: $109,425
Median Income: $36,402
Median Home Value: $109,400
3. West Central
Median Income: $27,042
Median Home Value: $117,550
Median Income: $31,119
Median Home Value: $125,325
Median Income: $32,739
Median Home Value: $111,710
Median Income: $32,220
Median Home Value: $107,800
Median Income: $30,265
Median Home Value: $108,983
Median Income: $36,896
Median Home Value: $121,175
9. East Central
Median Income: $39,588
Median Home Value: $134,312
Median Income: $47,764
Median Home Value: $150,800
The ‘hoods around Spokane that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Spokane with Chief Garry Park landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Spokane aren’t all bad. Manitocannon Hill takes the cake as the best place to live in Spokane.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Worst Spokane Neighborhoods
|1||Chief Garry Park||5,794|
|16||Balboasouth Indian Trail||5,729|
|23||North Indian Trail||6,732|