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 ten places don’t quite measure up to Tacoma’s reputation:

  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.

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    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

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

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