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:
- Near Westside
- Near Eastside
- Skunk City
- Washington Square
- 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.
Median Income: $18,183
Median Home Value: $45,686
Median Income: $21,917
Median Home Value: $63,633
3. Near Westside
Median Income: $22,702
Median Home Value: $60,571
4. Near Eastside
Median Income: $16,086
Median Home Value: $85,820
5. Skunk City
Median Income: $25,196
Median Home Value: $63,300
Median Income: $36,480
Median Home Value: $63,150
Median Income: $27,161
Median Home Value: $75,473
8. Washington Square
Median Income: $27,248
Median Home Value: $61,858
Median Income: $38,318
Median Home Value: $68,450
10. Outer Comstock
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