THE 10 WORST Neighborhoods In Tacoma For 2020


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Tacoma 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 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Tacoma.
Worst Neighborhoods In Tacoma

Tacoma’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 Tacoma.

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

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

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

We examined 31 of Tacoma’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Tacoma’s reputation.

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

  1. Larchmont
  2. Lower Portland Avenue
  3. Fern Hill
  4. P.L.U.
  5. South End
  6. South Tacoma
  7. New Tacoma
  8. Ketcham Knoll
  9. Hillsdale
  10. Mckinley Hill

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Tacoma for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Larchmont looks to be the worst neighborhood in Tacoma.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Tacoma 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 Tacoma.

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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Tacoma For 2020

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 3,650
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $180,007 (10th worst)
Median Income: $42,987 (3rd worst)
More on Larchmont:  Data

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 511
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $165,471 (5th worst)
Median Income: $45,801 (8th worst)
More on Lower Portland Avenue:  Data

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 2,258
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $160,124 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $45,748 (7th worst)
More on Fern Hill:  Data

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 11,825
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $171,925 (6th worst)
Median Income: $51,598 (14th worst)
More on P.l.u.:  Data

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 38,944
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $173,275 (7th worst)
Median Income: $45,707 (6th worst)
More on South End:  Data

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 30,118
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $153,172 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $48,589 (10th worst)
More on South Tacoma:  Data

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 11,912
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $240,798 (14th worst)
Median Income: $42,067 (2nd worst)
More on New Tacoma:  Data

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 3,333
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $266,042 (16th worst)
Median Income: $49,612 (11th worst)
More on Ketcham Knoll:  Data

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 7,889
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $183,075 (11th worst)
Median Income: $52,361 (17th worst)
More on Hillsdale:  Data

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 26,840
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $176,655 (9th worst)
Median Income: $51,707 (15th worst)
More on Mckinley Hill:  Data

How we determined the worst Tacoma hoods in 2020

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 Tacoma:

  • 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 Tacoma, Washington 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 Tacoma.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Tacoma to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 31 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 Tacoma that are really hoods

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

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

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

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Tacoma For 2020?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Larchmont 3,650 $180,007 $42,987
2 Lower Portland Avenue 511 $165,471 $45,801
3 Fern Hill 2,258 $160,124 $45,748
4 P.l.u. 11,825 $171,925 $51,598
5 South End 38,944 $173,275 $45,707
6 South Tacoma 30,118 $153,172 $48,589
7 New Tacoma 11,912 $240,798 $42,067
8 Ketcham Knoll 3,333 $266,042 $49,612
9 Hillsdale 7,889 $183,075 $52,361
10 Mckinley Hill 26,840 $176,655 $51,707
11 North Fort Lewis 6,234 $269,106 $63,411
12 Manitou 3,550 $165,122 $57,387
13 Eastside 57,761 $176,342 $51,083
14 Madrona 3,100 $329,742 $46,517
15 Firecrest 5,524 $276,432 $57,061
16 Lincoln 4,622 $151,419 $43,165
17 Central 21,959 $198,128 $51,128
18 Sunset Beach 3,730 $476,132 $73,410
19 Midland 4,665 $282,018 $52,164
20 University Place 11,185 $496,830 $61,301
21 Dash Point 11,494 $304,116 $83,392
22 Roman Ridge 4,603 $273,291 $56,067
23 Salishan 4,010 $315,172 $59,147
24 West End 26,434 $290,958 $61,168
25 6th Avenue 654 $245,628 $67,467
26 Stadium 323 $432,098 $43,979
27 North End 26,704 $292,910 $72,196
28 Old Town 5,308 $390,336 $70,474
29 Upper Tacoma District 9,486 $202,659 $61,040
30 Theatre District 5,891 $47,679,497 $40,064
31 Proctor 209 $313,634 $82,791