These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Tacoma For 2018


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Tacoma that are the real pits.

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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 6Th Avenue 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. Manitou
  2. South End
  3. Larchmont
  4. West End
  5. Dash Point
  6. Lincoln
  7. Firecrest
  8. Midland
  9. New Tacoma
  10. South 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.

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How we determined the worst Tacoma 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 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 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.

1. Manitou

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

Population: 3,550
Median Income: $57,387
Median Home Value: $165,122

2. South End

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

Population: 38,944
Median Income: $45,707
Median Home Value: $173,275

3. Larchmont

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

Population: 3,650
Median Income: $42,987
Median Home Value: $180,007

4. West End

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

Population: 26,434
Median Income: $61,168
Median Home Value: $290,958

5. Dash Point

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

Population: 11,494
Median Income: $83,392
Median Home Value: $304,116

6. Lincoln

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

Population: 4,622
Median Income: $43,165
Median Home Value: $151,419

7. Firecrest

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

Population: 5,524
Median Income: $57,061
Median Home Value: $276,432

8. Midland

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

Population: 4,665
Median Income: $52,164
Median Home Value: $282,018

9. New Tacoma

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

Population: 11,912
Median Income: $42,067
Median Home Value: $240,798

10. South Tacoma

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

Population: 30,118
Median Income: $48,589
Median Home Value: $153,172

The ‘hoods around Tacoma that are really hoods

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Tacoma aren’t all bad. 6Th Avenue 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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Detailed List Of The Worst Tacoma Neighborhoods

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

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