These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In St. Paul For 2019


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in St. Paul 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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in St. Paul.
Worst Neighborhoods In St. Paul

St. Paul’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 St. Paul.

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 St. Paul. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

So the question arises, which St. Paul neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

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

We examined 15 of St. Paul’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to St. Paul’s reputation.

Here are the 5 worst neighborhoods in St. Paul according to data:

  1. Brady Arts District
  2. Downtown
  3. Uptown
  4. Southern Hills
  5. North Tulsa

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in St. Paul for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Brady Arts District looks to be the worst neighborhood in St. Paul.

Read on to see how we determined the places around St. Paul 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 St. Paul.

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How we determined the worst St. Paul hoods in 2019

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 St. Paul:

  • 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 St. Paul, Minnesota 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 St. Paul.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around St. Paul to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 15 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. Brady Arts District

#1 Worst Neighborhood In St. Paul

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Population: 181
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $84,502 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $37,813 (4th worst)

2. Downtown

#2 Worst Neighborhood In St. Paul

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6
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Population: 3,279
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $99,227 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $31,905 (1st worst)

3. Uptown

#3 Worst Neighborhood In St. Paul

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 318
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $271,375 (12th worst)
Median Income: $32,826 (2nd worst)

4. Southern Hills

#4 Worst Neighborhood In St. Paul

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 911
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $375,336 (13th worst)
Median Income: $94,934 (13th worst)

5. North Tulsa

#5 Worst Neighborhood In St. Paul

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 63,592
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $81,020 (1st worst)
Median Income: $36,327 (3rd worst)

The ‘hoods around St. Paul that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in St. Paul with Brady Arts District landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in St. Paul aren’t all bad. Cherry Street takes the cake as the best place to live in St. Paul.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In St. Paul For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Brady Arts District 181 $84,502 $37,813
2 Downtown 3,279 $99,227 $31,905
3 Uptown 318 $271,375 $32,826
4 Southern Hills 911 $375,336 $94,934
5 North Tulsa 63,592 $81,020 $36,327
6 South Tulsa 34,782 $235,754 $53,207
7 71 Street Corridor 1,966 $182,005 $57,713
8 Expo Square 289 $112,552 $53,962
9 West Tulsa 15,152 $174,026 $41,704
10 Utica Square 90 $829,351 $169,792
11 Terwilliger Heights 1,141 $829,351 $141,396
12 East Tulsa 33,252 $126,233 $43,840
13 Midtown 93,629 $191,452 $53,389
14 Burning Tree Housing Addition 4,188 $160,146 $42,148
15 Cherry Street 145 $207,253 $59,327

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