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:
- Orient Park
- Highland Pines
- Woodland Terrace
- College Hill
- Live Oaks Square
- Northview Hills
- East Ybor
- Drew Park
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.
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $49,367 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $23,805 (4th worst)
More on Orient Park: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $62,100 (5th worst)
Median Income: $28,848 (16th worst)
More on Highland Pines: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $98,067 (24th worst)
Median Income: $25,805 (9th worst)
More on Woodland Terrace: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $69,333 (8th worst)
Median Income: $25,735 (8th worst)
More on College Hill: Data
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
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $43,620 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $26,859 (13th worst)
More on Northview Hills: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $87,100 (18th worst)
Median Income: $24,771 (5th worst)
More on Northeast: Data
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $85,633 (16th worst)
Median Income: $23,582 (3rd worst)
More on East Ybor: Data
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $94,540 (22nd worst)
Median Income: $28,344 (15th worst)
More on Drew Park: Data
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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