These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Syracuse For 2018


Syracuse’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.

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

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Worst Neighborhoods In Syracuse

Syracuse’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 Syracuse.

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

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

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

We examined 25 of Syracuse’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Syracuse’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Syracuse according to data:

  1. Southwest
  2. Westside
  3. Near Westside
  4. Near Eastside
  5. Skunk City
  6. Lakefront
  7. Brighton
  8. Washington Square
  9. Elmwood
  10. Outer Comstock

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

  • 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 Syracuse 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 Syracuse.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Syracuse to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 25 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. Southwest

Population: 4,997
Median Income: $18,183
Median Home Value: $45,686

2. Westside

Population: 3,007
Median Income: $21,917
Median Home Value: $63,633

3. Near Westside

Population: 6,273
Median Income: $22,702
Median Home Value: $60,571

4. Near Eastside

Population: 2,897
Median Income: $16,086
Median Home Value: $85,820

5. Skunk City

Population: 2,451
Median Income: $25,196
Median Home Value: $63,300

6. Lakefront

Population: 533
Median Income: $36,480
Median Home Value: $63,150

7. Brighton

Population: 11,039
Median Income: $27,161
Median Home Value: $75,473

8. Washington Square

Population: 13,840
Median Income: $27,248
Median Home Value: $61,858

9. Elmwood

Population: 1,750
Median Income: $38,318
Median Home Value: $68,450

10. Outer Comstock

Population: 4,761
Median Income: $36,036
Median Home Value: $57,840

The ‘hoods around Syracuse that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Syracuse with Southwest landing at the bottom of the pack.

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

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Syracuse Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Southwest 4,997 $18,183 $45,686
2 Westside 3,007 $21,917 $63,633
3 Near Westside 6,273 $22,702 $60,571
4 Near Eastside 2,897 $16,086 $85,820
5 Skunk City 2,451 $25,196 $63,300
6 Lakefront 533 $36,480 $63,150
7 Brighton 11,039 $27,161 $75,473
8 Washington Square 13,840 $27,248 $61,858
9 Elmwood 1,750 $38,318 $68,450
10 Outer Comstock 4,761 $36,036 $57,840
11 Salt Springs 4,640 $39,204 $81,167
12 Near Northeast 9,982 $22,579 $95,180
13 North Valley 5,705 $29,948 $61,560
14 Skytop-South Campus 3,678 $13,304 $135,400
15 Lincoln Park 2,073 $28,641 $116,200
16 Northside 7,953 $37,815 $75,733
17 Wescott 3,147 $24,293 $124,560
18 South Valley 4,989 $51,920 $101,560
19 Far West-Side 6,529 $42,731 $86,062
20 Downtown 2,090 $27,841 $113,400
21 Strathmore 6,702 $50,100 $103,588
22 Eastwood 13,209 $41,037 $87,020
23 Meadowbrook 5,142 $70,587 $140,083
24 University 4,596 $48,345 $159,260
25 Sedgewick 2,146 $89,269 $196,750

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