These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Tacoma For 2019


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 2019. 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 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

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Tacoma for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Manitou 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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How we determined the worst Tacoma hoods in 2019

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.

1. Manitou

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 3,550
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $165,122 (4th worst)
Median Income: $57,387 (20th worst)

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 38,944
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $173,275 (7th worst)
Median Income: $45,707 (6th worst)
More on South End:  Data

3. Larchmont

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 26,434
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $290,958 (21st worst)
Median Income: $61,168 (23rd worst)
More on West End:  Data

5. Dash Point

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 11,494
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $304,116 (23rd worst)
Median Income: $83,392 (31st worst)

6. Lincoln

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 4,622
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $151,419 (1st worst)
Median Income: $43,165 (4th worst)

7. Firecrest

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 5,524
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $276,432 (19th worst)
Median Income: $57,061 (19th worst)

8. Midland

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 4,665
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $282,018 (20th worst)
Median Income: $52,164 (16th worst)

9. New Tacoma

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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Population: 11,912
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $240,798 (14th worst)
Median Income: $42,067 (2nd worst)

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Tacoma

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

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 Neighborhoods To Live In Tacoma For 2019

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