These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Tampa For 2019


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

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

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

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

We examined 72 of Tampa’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Tampa’s reputation.

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

  1. Orient Park
  2. Highland Pines
  3. Woodland Terrace
  4. College Hill
  5. Live Oaks Square
  6. Northview Hills
  7. Northeast
  8. East Ybor
  9. Drew Park
  10. Florence

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Tampa for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Orient Park looks to be the worst neighborhood in Tampa.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Tampa 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 Tampa.

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How we determined the worst Tampa 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 Tampa:

  • 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 Tampa, 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 Tampa.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Tampa to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 72 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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Population: 720
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $49,367 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $23,805 (4th worst)
More on Orient Park:  Data

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Population: 1,170
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $62,100 (5th worst)
Median Income: $28,848 (16th worst)
More on Highland Pines:  Data

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Population: 1,437
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $98,067 (24th worst)
Median Income: $25,805 (9th worst)
More on Woodland Terrace:  Data

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Population: 1,225
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $69,333 (8th worst)
Median Income: $25,735 (8th worst)
More on College Hill:  Data

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Population: 3,060
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $84,425 (15th worst)
Median Income: $17,948 (1st worst)
More on Live Oaks Square:  Data

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Population: 1,896
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $43,620 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $26,859 (13th worst)
More on Northview Hills:  Data

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Population: 2,256
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $87,100 (18th worst)
Median Income: $24,771 (5th worst)
More on Northeast:  Data

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Population: 1,145
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $85,633 (16th worst)
Median Income: $23,582 (3rd worst)
More on East Ybor:  Data

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Population: 1,613
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $94,540 (22nd worst)
Median Income: $28,344 (15th worst)
More on Drew Park:  Data

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Population: 584
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $63,500 (6th worst)
Median Income: $26,806 (12th worst)
More on Florence:  Data

The ‘hoods around Tampa that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Tampa with Orient Park landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Tampa aren’t all bad. Parkland Estates takes the cake as the best place to live in Tampa.

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 Tampa For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Orient Park 720 $49,367 $23,805
2 Highland Pines 1,170 $62,100 $28,848
3 Woodland Terrace 1,437 $98,067 $25,805
4 College Hill 1,225 $69,333 $25,735
5 Live Oaks Square 3,060 $84,425 $17,948
6 Northview Hills 1,896 $43,620 $26,859
7 Northeast 2,256 $87,100 $24,771
8 East Ybor 1,145 $85,633 $23,582
9 Drew Park 1,613 $94,540 $28,344
10 Florence 584 $63,500 $26,806
11 Beasley 292 $77,100 $26,007
12 West Riverfront 1,515 $21,625 $22,667
13 Grant Park 1,303 $80,100 $26,924
14 North Tampa 7,465 $63,738 $24,792
15 Sulphur Springs 11,408 $71,192 $31,421
16 Palmetto Beach 1,940 $86,125 $29,998
17 Downtown 1,897 $122,140 $30,119
18 Ybor City 5,216 $82,486 $26,792
19 Temple Park 12,569 $87,375 $25,494
20 Carver City 3,187 $102,100 $45,796
21 East Tampa 21,044 $80,783 $30,418
22 University Square 7,120 $57,150 $33,567
23 Historic Ybor 1,999 $141,700 $39,158
24 Old West Tampa 5,943 $73,390 $28,904
25 Tampa Heights 6,548 $119,817 $37,011
26 Northeast Macfarlane 8,612 $92,590 $35,937
27 Plaza Terrace 7,420 $115,812 $31,637
28 River Grove 2,523 $92,100 $35,906
29 Temple Crest 8,485 $100,100 $30,518
30 Old Seminol Heights 7,487 $123,331 $43,396
31 West Shore Palms 1,273 $190,700 $49,959
32 Forest Hills 7,882 $98,023 $44,221
33 Wellswood 6,899 $131,140 $34,884
34 Tampa International Airport Area 2,291 $164,500 $61,907
35 Lowry Park Central 14,235 $119,727 $38,960
36 Riverside 5,182 $115,417 $36,274
37 Port Tampa City 4,512 $118,940 $55,133
38 Bon Air North 932 $166,350 $51,793
39 Seminol Heights 6,280 $131,633 $44,243
40 Rattlesnake 2,084 $117,640 $49,875
41 Interbay 2,958 $152,080 $40,860
42 Oakford Park 3,912 $154,514 $35,818
43 New Tampa 2,178 $244,500 $62,074
44 South Seminol Heights 4,510 $153,117 $49,576
45 West Meadows 10,690 $258,322 $89,702
46 Gandy-Sun Bay South 14,906 $139,428 $57,714
47 Fairoaks 4,354 $208,340 $52,138
48 Riverside Heights 2,958 $151,350 $60,344
49 Cory Lake Isles 4,484 $335,400 $99,862
50 Tampa Palms 16,608 $254,647 $75,022
51 Channelside 3,154 $288,175 $78,576
52 Courier City 3,426 $249,750 $57,064
53 Palma Ceia West 1,486 $288,100 $96,251
54 North Hyde Park 10,888 $254,353 $74,292
55 Ridgewood Park 556 $203,600 $50,750
56 Bayside West 5,110 $178,486 $52,413
57 Hunters Green 6,409 $361,617 $97,597
58 Swann Estates 1,851 $445,033 $73,527
59 Golf View 1,427 $517,400 $115,844
60 Davis Island 3,796 $503,200 $96,298
61 Tampa-Bayshore Gardens 1,308 $150,950 $65,210
62 Beach Park 3,781 $523,414 $113,685
63 Culbreath 1,712 $508,020 $139,733
64 Virginia Park 5,484 $361,625 $99,392
65 Bon Air 2,764 $296,467 $88,854
66 Ballast Point 5,721 $317,267 $73,914
67 Sunset Park 3,394 $561,050 $135,728
68 Belmar Gardens 1,578 $375,650 $106,292
69 Palma Ceia 4,502 $409,775 $112,029
70 Bayshore Beautiful 6,623 $377,222 $95,240
71 Harbour Island 3,273 $322,600 $96,380
72 Parkland Estates 2,674 $646,375 $142,082

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