The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Syracuse, NY

The most dangerous and worst Syracuse neighborhoods are Near Westside and Southwest for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Worst Neighborhoods In Syracuse
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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 New York thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Syracuse. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.

So the question arises, which Syracuse neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science 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 23 of Syracuse’s neighborhoods to find out the most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Syracuse’s reputation.

Table Of Contents: Top 10 | Methodology | Summary | Table

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Syracuse For 2024

  1. Near Westside
  2. Southwest
  3. Westside
  4. Brighton
  5. Near Eastside
  6. Elmwood
  7. Salt Springs
  8. Lakefront
  9. North Valley
  10. Washington Square

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Syracuse for 2024? According to the most recent census data, Near Westside looks to be the worst neighborhood in Syracuse.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Syracuse that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Syracuse For 2024

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 6,228
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,948
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,026
Median Home Value: $66,829 (5th worst)
Median Income: $27,170 (3rd worst)
More on Near Westside:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 5,082
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,040
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,836
Median Home Value: $64,867 (4th worst)
Median Income: $19,981 (2nd worst)
More on Southwest:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,594
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 668
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,243
Median Home Value: $62,450 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $29,010 (4th worst)
More on Westside:  Data

Brighton Syracuse, NY

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 8,794
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,361
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,325
Median Home Value: $58,542 (worst)
Median Income: $30,302 (6th worst)
More on Brighton:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,727
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,095
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,489
Median Home Value: $105,020 (15th worst)
Median Income: $35,847 (9th worst)
More on Near Eastside:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 1,719
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 733
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,876
Median Home Value: $69,933 (6th worst)
Median Income: $45,367 (14th worst)
More on Elmwood:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 5,199
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 665
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,962
Median Home Value: $91,929 (12th worst)
Median Income: $42,440 (11th worst)
More on Salt Springs:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 913
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 928
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,121
Median Home Value: $136,267 (17th worst)
Median Income: $49,131 (15th worst)
More on Lakefront:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 5,355
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 477
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,461
Median Home Value: $70,075 (7th worst)
Median Income: $34,589 (8th worst)
More on North Valley:  Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 13,088
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,096
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,852
Median Home Value: $76,371 (8th worst)
Median Income: $31,744 (7th worst)
More on Washington Square:  Data

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Syracuse neighborhoods in 2024

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 plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Syracuse:

  • High crime (Estimated)
  • 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)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Syracuse, New York for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criterion into a “Worst Score.”

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Syracuse.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2024. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Syracuse.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 23 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Syracuse

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

The worst neighborhoods in Syracuse are Near Westside, Southwest, Westside, Brighton, Near Eastside, Elmwood, Salt Springs, Lakefront, North Valley, and Washington Square.

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

The best neighborhoods in Syracuse are Sedgewick, Eastwood, Meadowbrook, University, and South Valley.

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

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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Syracuse For 2024?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Near Westside 6,228 $66,829 $27,170
2 Southwest 5,082 $64,867 $19,981
3 Westside 2,594 $62,450 $29,010
4 Brighton 8,794 $58,542 $30,302
5 Near Eastside 2,727 $105,020 $35,847
6 Elmwood 1,719 $69,933 $45,367
7 Salt Springs 5,199 $91,929 $42,440
8 Lakefront 913 $136,267 $49,131
9 North Valley 5,355 $70,075 $34,589
10 Washington Square 13,088 $76,371 $31,744
11 Near Northeast 9,327 $82,343 $39,879
12 Skunk City 2,257 $60,550 $29,846
13 University Hill 8,566 $156,300 $12,277
14 Lincoln Park 2,012 $162,800 $97,531
15 Wescott 2,892 $129,267 $44,748
16 Strathmore 6,277 $83,714 $61,697
17 Far West-Side 5,954 $92,417 $54,356
18 Northside 9,055 $84,880 $54,301
19 South Valley 5,019 $234,267 $52,706
20 University 4,373 $180,300 $52,506
21 Meadowbrook 4,632 $172,367 $75,346
22 Eastwood 13,236 $99,475 $45,204
23 Sedgewick 2,136 $196,850 $106,808
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

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