THE 10 WORST Neighborhoods In Tallahassee For 2020


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Tallahassee 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 Tallahassee.
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Tallahassee’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 Tallahassee.

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

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

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

We examined 47 of Tallahassee’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Tallahassee’s reputation.

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

  1. The Gardens at Westlake
  2. East Tallahassee
  3. El Destinado
  4. Perkins
  5. Saint Peter
  6. Falls Chase
  7. Terrance Heights
  8. Oak Ridge
  9. Evening Rose Village Center
  10. Woodgate

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Tallahassee for 2020? According to the most recent census data, The Gardens At Westlake looks to be the worst neighborhood in Tallahassee.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Tallahassee 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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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Tallahassee For 2020

1. The Gardens At Westlake

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Tallahassee

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Population: 47
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $80,000 (1st worst)
Median Income: $25,259 (2nd worst)

2. East Tallahassee

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Tallahassee

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Population: 34,794
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $195,427 (22nd worst)
Median Income: $52,965 (34th worst)

3. El Destinado

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Tallahassee

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Population: 590
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $216,366 (33rd worst)
Median Income: $85,519 (45th worst)

4. Perkins

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Tallahassee

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Population: 1,114
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $199,700 (26th worst)
Median Income: $44,495 (18th worst)

5. Saint Peter

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Tallahassee

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Population: 1,994
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $199,965 (29th worst)
Median Income: $45,227 (20th worst)

6. Falls Chase

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Tallahassee

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Population: 719
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $199,700 (26th worst)
Median Income: $44,495 (18th worst)

7. Terrance Heights

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Tallahassee

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Population: 1,560
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $120,457 (6th worst)
Median Income: $43,157 (16th worst)

8. Oak Ridge

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Tallahassee

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Population: 10,524
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $127,906 (8th worst)
Median Income: $36,981 (9th worst)

9. Evening Rose Village Center

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Tallahassee

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Population: 71
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $166,174 (16th worst)
Median Income: $38,697 (12th worst)

10. Woodgate

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Tallahassee

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Population: 3,068
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $184,852 (19th worst)
Median Income: $68,993 (41st worst)

How we determined the worst Tallahassee 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 Tallahassee:

  • 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 Tallahassee, Florida 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 Tallahassee.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Tallahassee to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 47 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 Tallahassee that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Tallahassee with The Gardens At Westlake landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Tallahassee aren’t all bad. Delta Office Park takes the cake as the best place to live in Tallahassee.

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

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

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 The Gardens At Westlake 47 $80,000 $25,259
2 East Tallahassee 34,794 $195,427 $52,965
3 El Destinado 590 $216,366 $85,519
4 Perkins 1,114 $199,700 $44,495
5 Saint Peter 1,994 $199,965 $45,227
6 Falls Chase 719 $199,700 $44,495
7 Terrance Heights 1,560 $120,457 $43,157
8 Oak Ridge 10,524 $127,906 $36,981
9 Evening Rose Village Center 71 $166,174 $38,697
10 Woodgate 3,068 $184,852 $68,993
11 Velda Oaks Plantation 15 $285,103 $75,962
12 Northeast Tallahassee 42,598 $208,653 $59,857
13 Windsor Trace 3 $319,329 $99,792
14 Holly Hills 1,170 $159,973 $46,101
15 Eastwood Office Plaza 98 $166,469 $51,045
16 Miccosukee Hills 2,326 $199,576 $47,086
17 Lafayette Park 4,376 $166,167 $64,629
18 Eastgate 1,531 $201,567 $49,285
19 Forest Heights 10,204 $157,947 $46,254
20 Northwest Tallahassee 30,464 $197,682 $50,350
21 Betton Hills 1,010 $224,254 $72,259
22 Kleman Plaza 8 $227,432 $52,596
23 Springwood 33 $1,258,629 $40,000
24 Greater Frenchtown 10,504 $82,565 $30,594
25 Frenchtown 4,727 $82,324 $30,594
26 Eastwood 1,953 $166,376 $50,374
27 Providence 769 $113,491 $15,306
28 South Monroe 10,230 $132,201 $37,605
29 Zion Hill 2,014 $121,894 $44,178
30 Georgia Street 8 $227,432 $50,603
31 North Tallahassee 12,507 $208,460 $53,196
32 All Saints 244 $227,432 $38,889
33 Central District 52,012 $134,444 $39,568
34 Capitol Cascades 18,424 $151,581 $31,973
35 Lucern At Woodlands 31 $657,209 $66,912
36 Cottages Of Miccosukee Hills 121 $199,700 $33,770
37 The Hermitage 514 $242,226 $79,950
38 Metropolitan 75 $658,179 $66,912
39 Sunnyland 1,886 $165,088 $48,562
40 Macon 361 $255,591 $59,285
41 Hidden Pond 353 $489,404 $126,853
42 Gramercy Place 21 $199,700 $35,288
43 Governor’s Square 799 $224,357 $46,394
44 Magnolia Heights 1,729 $101,911 $31,201
45 Hillcrest Office Park 147 $190,397 $50,033
46 Southwest Tallahassee 51,496 $396,181 $37,218
47 Delta Office Park 56 $190,397 $46,595