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:
- South End
- West End
- Dash Point
- New Tacoma
- 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.
Median Income: $57,387
Median Home Value: $165,122
2. South End
Median Income: $45,707
Median Home Value: $173,275
Median Income: $42,987
Median Home Value: $180,007
4. West End
Median Income: $61,168
Median Home Value: $290,958
5. Dash Point
Median Income: $83,392
Median Home Value: $304,116
Median Income: $43,165
Median Home Value: $151,419
Median Income: $57,061
Median Home Value: $276,432
Median Income: $52,164
Median Home Value: $282,018
9. New Tacoma
Median Income: $42,067
Median Home Value: $240,798
10. South Tacoma
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
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