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 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. 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.

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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.

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

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

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