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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 Utica Square 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.
So what's the worst neighborhood to live in St. Paul for 2021? 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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The 5 Worst Neighborhoods In St. Paul For 2021
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $84,502 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $37,813 (4th worst)
More on Brady Arts District: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $99,227 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $31,905 (worst)
More on Downtown: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $81,020 (worst)
Median Income: $36,327 (3rd worst)
More on North Tulsa: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $174,026 (7th worst)
Median Income: $41,704 (5th worst)
More on West Tulsa: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $126,233 (5th worst)
Median Income: $43,840 (7th worst)
More on East Tulsa: Data
How we determined the worst St. Paul hoods in 2021
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.
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. Utica Square 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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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In St. Paul For 2021?
|1||Brady Arts District||181|
|8||Burning Tree Housing Addition||4,188|
|9||71 Street Corridor||1,966|