The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Tampa, FL

The most dangerous and worst Tampa neighborhoods are Orient Park and East Ybor for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Worst Neighborhoods 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 Florida thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Tampa. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.

So the question arises, which Tampa neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science 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 Bayshore Beautiful ranks way above the rest.

We examined 70 of Tampa’s neighborhoods to find out the most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Tampa’s reputation.

Table Of Contents: Top 10 | Methodology | Summary | Table

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Tampa For 2024

  1. Orient Park
  2. East Ybor
  3. Highland Pines
  4. Florence
  5. Northeast
  6. College Hill
  7. Temple Park
  8. Grant Park
  9. Beasley
  10. Northview Hills

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Tampa for 2024? 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.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Tampa For 2024

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Population: 720
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 832
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,184
Median Home Value: $49,367 (worst)
Median Income: $23,805 (2nd worst)
More on Orient Park:  Data

Don’t look for too much green space in Orient Park. That “park” part is a bit of hype. Sure, you’ve got a few spots, like Bypass Canal Park. But this isn’t a natural haven in the middle of the city. Rather, the neighborhood gets its name from a street – Orient Road, which runs through the middle of the area.

You’ll have trouble finding a job in Orient Park. The unemployment rate sits at 11.6%. Even if you land a gig, you might not be able to pay all your bills. The median income comes in at a just $23,805.

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Population: 1,216
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,667
Property Crime Per 100k: 6,096
Median Home Value: $121,000 (10th worst)
Median Income: $34,166 (13th worst)
More on East Ybor:  Data

Unlike most of the neighborhoods on this list, at least East Ybor sits near the water. You can get to the Florida Aquarium in less than 10 minutes. At the same time, you can head a little west to find the Ybor City Historic District, with its collection of shops and restaurants.

Not a bad location, all things considered. Still, the daily grind poses a problem. The jobless rate sits at a relatively healthy 5.7%. But the available jobs don’t pay well. The median income reaches $34,166. And here’s how the location can hurt: the median home value of $121,000 sits outside of what many neighborhood residents can afford.

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Population: 1,234
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,189
Property Crime Per 100k: 4,737
Median Home Value: $178,250 (26th worst)
Median Income: $21,048 (worst)
More on Highland Pines:  Data

Located in the eastern part of the city, Highland Park centers around Melbourne Blvd. On the far northern end, you have the Tampa Garden of Memories cemetery. On the far southern end, you have the Skatepark of Tampa. Circle of life.

In between? Well, the journey of life in Highland Park comes with its share of struggle. That’s probably true anywhere. But, in this case, a rough economy complicates matters. You’ll find an unemployment rate of 7.8%. At the same time, the neighborhood’s median income reaches just $21,048.

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Population: 548
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,856
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,724
Median Home Value: $70,000 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $24,167 (4th worst)
More on Florence:  Data

Florence, or Florence Villa as it’s sometimes known, centers around a stretch of I-4, which cuts through the heart of the neighborhood. The northern part of the area is dominated by the ADESA Tampa auto auction. So, it’s a good place for cars. But what about humans? Well, not so good.

As we’ve seen so many times on this list, Florence ranks as the number 4 worst location in Tampa for 2024 as a result of economic troubles. Few jobs. Low salaries. The same old story. Just to give you the details, the unemployment rate equals 5.4% and the median income tracks at $24,167.

At least the houses are cheap. The median home value comes in at $70,000.

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Population: 2,313
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,441
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,943
Median Home Value: $123,300 (11th worst)
Median Income: $29,749 (7th worst)
More on Northeast:  Data

We’re not going to spend a lot of time detailing where you can find Northeast Tampa. The name says it all. Instead, to give you a feel for the place, we’re going to talk about the surrounding areas. See, Northeast Tampa represents part of a cluster. It’s one of a group of neighborhoods located between the Hillsborough River and E. Hillsborough Ave. that wind up on this list. Guess there’s a trend.

Adjacent to both Woodland Terrace and Live Oaks Square, Northeast Tampa suffers many of the same traumas that afflict those low-income neighborhoods. Poverty runs rampant here too. The median income stands at just $29,749. At the same time, the jobless rate runs 4.1%.

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Population: 1,274
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,126
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,849
Median Home Value: $96,333 (4th worst)
Median Income: $38,488 (2worst)
More on College Hill:  Data

No, despite its name, kids do not flock to College Hill for an education. Kids don’t really flock here at all…that’s what the beaches are for. You’ll find a couple magnet schools a little west down E. Lake Ave. But for College Hill itself, the “college” part is distinctly missing.

That’s not the only crucial element absent in the neighborhood. You’ll have trouble locating jobs as well. Just look at the unemployment rate, which sits at a frightening 10.0%. Check out the skimpy local wages as well, with a median annual figure of $38,488.

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Population: 12,569
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 400
Property Crime Per 100k: 949
Median Home Value: $87,375 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $25,494 (5th worst)
More on Temple Park:  Data

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Population: 1,558
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,436
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,770
Median Home Value: $113,550 (7th worst)
Median Income: $24,167 (4th worst)
More on Grant Park:  Data

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Population: 227
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,012
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,230
Median Home Value: $120,900 (9th worst)
Median Income: $35,054 (17th worst)
More on Beasley:  Data

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Population: 3,604
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 987
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,833
Median Home Value: $136,475 (17th worst)
Median Income: $32,559 (11th worst)
More on Northview Hills:  Data

Just like the name suggests, you can probably get a good view northward in Northview Hills. But the neighborhood comes with another view: the Myrtle Hill Memorial Park cemetery. Not exactly the vista you’d have in mind if you’re picking out a house. Well, at least the area comes with some green space. Otherwise, things in Northview Hills are really dreary.

Yeah, walking through a cemetery could count as less dreary than everyday life in Northview Hills. Why? Well, at least the stroll will take your mind off your financial problems. Because if you live in Northview Hills, you’re probably having trouble making ends meet. After all, you’ll have to deal with an unemployment rate of 3.4% and a median income of $32,559.

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Tampa neighborhoods in 2024

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 plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Tampa:

  • High crime (Estimated)
  • 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)

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 criterion into a “Worst Score.”

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Tampa.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2024. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Tampa.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 70 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Tampa

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

The worst neighborhoods in Tampa are Orient Park, East Ybor, Highland Pines, Florence, Northeast, College Hill, Temple Park, Grant Park, Beasley, and Northview Hills.

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

The best neighborhoods in Tampa are Bayshore Beautiful, Parkland Estates, Belmar Gardens, Palma Ceia, and Harbour Island.

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

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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Tampa For 2024?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Orient Park 720 $49,367 $23,805
2 East Ybor 1,216 $121,000 $34,166
3 Highland Pines 1,234 $178,250 $21,048
4 Florence 548 $70,000 $24,167
5 Northeast 2,313 $123,300 $29,749
6 College Hill 1,274 $96,333 $38,488
7 Temple Park 12,569 $87,375 $25,494
8 Grant Park 1,558 $113,550 $24,167
9 Beasley 227 $120,900 $35,054
10 Northview Hills 3,604 $136,475 $32,559
11 Sulphur Springs 7,486 $103,267 $29,270
12 Old Seminol Heights 7,487 $123,331 $43,396
13 North Tampa 8,913 $126,125 $31,590
14 Palmetto Beach 2,094 $160,550 $45,313
15 East Tampa 21,443 $149,050 $34,862
16 Woodland Terrace 1,965 $165,950 $41,392
17 West Riverfront 2,012 $215,467 $44,616
18 Drew Park 1,457 $152,800 $47,461
19 Riverside 5,182 $115,417 $36,274
20 University Square 7,564 $101,975 $31,271
21 Historic Ybor 2,168 $221,917 $49,757
22 Temple Crest 8,825 $131,350 $33,010
23 Ridgewood Park 450 $381,300 $34,948
24 Live Oaks Square 3,375 $129,125 $36,882
25 Ybor City 4,307 $168,338 $31,053
26 Tampa Heights 7,661 $255,812 $37,499
27 Old West Tampa 3,777 $200,700 $34,775
28 Seminol Heights 6,280 $131,633 $44,243
29 Plaza Terrace 8,655 $193,917 $39,104
30 West Shore Palms 1,406 $245,867 $58,834
31 Lowry Park Central 14,314 $180,100 $44,964
32 River Grove 2,836 $161,400 $45,024
33 Carver City 4,988 $177,967 $63,770
34 South Seminol Heights 4,510 $153,117 $49,576
35 Downtown 3,504 $316,267 $57,709
36 Wellswood 7,618 $184,900 $46,188
37 Forest Hills 8,646 $217,778 $56,581
38 Northeast Macfarlane 8,727 $196,133 $47,509
39 Interbay 3,092 $236,780 $53,648
40 Tampa International Airport Area 2,661 $372,150 $70,868
41 Port Tampa City 4,977 $237,700 $71,402
42 Bon Air North 1,214 $276,450 $57,962
43 West Meadows 12,372 $286,900 $93,494
44 Oakford Park 3,938 $309,071 $60,661
45 Gandy-Sun Bay South 15,879 $268,086 $58,887
46 Tampa Palms 17,731 $326,938 $98,343
47 Rattlesnake 3,071 $308,983 $69,658
48 Channelside 3,154 $288,175 $78,576
49 New Tampa 10,119 $297,917 $107,109
50 Fairoaks 5,052 $300,780 $56,084
51 Cory Lake Isles 2,820 $412,333 $125,637
52 Hunters Green 5,897 $330,175 $106,218
53 Courier City 4,655 $372,320 $107,288
54 Riverside Heights 3,333 $249,700 $65,054
55 Bayside West 5,692 $226,280 $52,391
56 North Hyde Park 13,590 $394,010 $90,817
57 Bon Air 2,324 $360,225 $88,254
58 Golf View 1,357 $314,900 $150,513
59 Palma Ceia West 1,752 $406,800 $127,640
60 Culbreath 1,472 $406,800 $166,729
61 Davis Island 5,130 $636,833 $103,501
62 Beach Park 4,553 $413,225 $142,447
63 Ballast Point 5,664 $407,620 $97,886
64 Tampa-Bayshore Gardens 1,869 $463,600 $73,195
65 Virginia Park 6,253 $504,500 $121,734
66 Harbour Island 3,631 $473,150 $91,611
67 Palma Ceia 4,879 $540,380 $133,176
68 Belmar Gardens 2,045 $398,200 $148,644
69 Parkland Estates 2,977 $734,150 $159,386
70 Bayshore Beautiful 6,863 $588,267 $140,228
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.