These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Tampa For 2018


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Tampa that are the real pits.

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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 ten places don’t quite measure up to Tampa’s reputation:

  1. Orient Park
  2. Beasley
  3. Northview Hills
  4. Northeast
  5. Grant Park
  6. West Riverfront
  7. Highland Pines
  8. Florence
  9. College Hill
  10. Woodland Terrace

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.

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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How we determined the worst Tampa 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 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 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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1. Orient Park

Population: 1,235
Median Income: $17,412
Median Home Value: $52,500

2. Beasley

Population: 249
Median Income: $20,142
Median Home Value: $80,900

3. Northview Hills

Population: 2,030
Median Income: $26,314
Median Home Value: $63,240

4. Northeast

Population: 1,997
Median Income: $23,622
Median Home Value: $78,500

5. Grant Park

Population: 1,311
Median Income: $28,572
Median Home Value: $74,950

6. West Riverfront

Population: 1,612
Median Income: $19,299
Median Home Value: $21,550

7. Highland Pines

Population: 1,322
Median Income: $34,238
Median Home Value: $77,650

8. Florence

Population: 526
Median Income: $31,964
Median Home Value: $66,800

9. College Hill

Population: 1,050
Median Income: $33,692
Median Home Value: $78,133

10. Woodland Terrace

Population: 1,555
Median Income: $25,654
Median Home Value: $93,733

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 Tampa Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Orient Park 1 1,235 $17,412 $52,500
Beasley 2 249 $20,142 $80,900
Northview Hills 3 2,030 $26,314 $63,240
Northeast 4 1,997 $23,622 $78,500
Grant Park 5 1,311 $28,572 $74,950
West Riverfront 6 1,612 $19,299 $21,550
Highland Pines 7 1,322 $34,238 $77,650
Florence 8 526 $31,964 $66,800
College Hill 9 1,050 $33,692 $78,133
Woodland Terrace 10 1,555 $25,654 $93,733
Live Oaks Square 11 3,043 $19,149 $92,200
East Ybor 12 1,209 $19,132 $134,875
Sulphur Springs 13 10,830 $30,400 $68,958
North Tampa 14 7,304 $24,557 $74,912
Palmetto Beach 15 1,931 $29,272 $87,825
University Square 16 6,788 $33,464 $57,767
Drew Park 17 1,806 $34,254 $87,940
Ybor City 18 4,708 $24,465 $82,871
East Tampa 19 20,706 $29,927 $87,290
River Grove 20 2,543 $34,699 $104,500
Carver City 21 2,462 $42,284 $93,100
Temple Park 22 11,472 $30,470 $118,762
Old West Tampa 23 6,778 $30,270 $78,340
Temple Crest 24 8,434 $26,811 $98,029
Northeast Macfarlane 25 9,533 $35,904 $90,000
Historic Ybor 26 2,130 $37,348 $119,000
Tampa Heights 27 6,269 $29,461 $131,892
Forest Hills 28 7,405 $47,059 $115,300
Old Seminol Heights 29 7,443 $42,809 $115,538
Port Tampa City 30 4,199 $54,356 $113,320
Plaza Terrace 31 7,874 $30,379 $131,488
Lowry Park Central 32 12,989 $38,513 $104,660
Downtown 33 1,611 $31,132 $170,620
Wellswood 34 7,323 $32,998 $119,230
Riverside 35 5,491 $33,696 $99,433
West Shore Palms 36 1,282 $46,259 $125,133
Rattlesnake 37 2,233 $43,726 $134,500
Bon Air North 38 1,152 $44,250 $119,250
Seminol Heights 39 6,701 $44,872 $139,367
Interbay 40 3,312 $39,727 $180,860
New Tampa 41 2,032 $77,759 $198,867
Oakford Park 42 3,787 $46,220 $138,443
West Meadows 43 9,721 $81,868 $249,133
Tampa International Airport Area 44 2,137 $85,432 $152,460
Riverside Heights 45 2,988 $42,700 $142,525
Fairoaks 46 4,159 $48,245 $162,560
Tampa Palms 47 15,639 $82,480 $249,693
South Seminol Heights 48 4,549 $55,750 $141,717
Gandy-Sun Bay South 49 14,109 $52,581 $140,183
Ridgewood Park 50 426 $54,821 $150,000
Tampa-Bayshore Gardens 51 1,258 $50,804 $127,775
Bayside West 52 4,693 $50,324 $161,943
Hunters Green 53 6,180 $95,562 $315,567
Cory Lake Isles 54 4,568 $113,646 $305,967
Palma Ceia West 55 1,562 $79,726 $278,533
North Hyde Park 56 10,618 $53,027 $251,473
Channelside 57 2,592 $83,445 $240,750
Bon Air 58 2,279 $58,050 $233,433
Virginia Park 59 5,234 $93,632 $320,488
Beach Park 60 4,040 $112,831 $465,843
Ballast Point 61 5,304 $73,478 $252,083
Davis Island 62 3,707 $90,660 $467,017
Courier City 63 3,339 $52,904 $214,125
Golf View 64 1,374 $106,958 $492,625
Belmar Gardens 65 1,397 $86,890 $299,950
Culbreath 66 1,478 $126,237 $481,420
Swann Estates 67 1,724 $86,705 $400,567
Bayshore Beautiful 68 6,117 $80,766 $350,633
Palma Ceia 69 4,165 $89,148 $345,175
Sunset Park 70 3,287 $135,963 $542,933
Harbour Island 71 2,821 $92,878 $307,450
Parkland Estates 72 2,608 $140,223 $577,000

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