These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Tempe For 2019


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Tempe 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 Tempe.
Worst Neighborhoods In Tempe

Tempe’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 Tempe.

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

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

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

We examined 58 of Tempe’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Tempe’s reputation.

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

  1. Knoell Gardens
  2. University Heights
  3. Escalante
  4. Hudson Manor
  5. Mitchell Park West
  6. Marilyn Ann
  7. Maple-Ash
  8. Bell De Mar Crossing
  9. Clark Park
  10. Pepperwood

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Tempe for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Knoell Gardens looks to be the worst neighborhood in Tempe.

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

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How we determined the worst Tempe 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 Tempe:

  • 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 Tempe, Arizona 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 Tempe.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Tempe to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 58 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: 284
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $83,100 (1st worst)
Median Income: $42,286 (12th worst)
More on Knoell Gardens:  Data

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4
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Population: 561
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $159,800 (8th worst)
Median Income: $19,850 (2nd worst)
More on University Heights:  Data

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Population: 2,335
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $117,233 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $32,763 (6th worst)
More on Escalante:  Data

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5
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Population: 838
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $187,500 (16th worst)
Median Income: $23,309 (4th worst)
More on Hudson Manor:  Data

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6
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Population: 852
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $198,100 (24th worst)
Median Income: $42,156 (10th worst)
More on Mitchell Park West:  Data

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6
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Population: 738
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $198,100 (24th worst)
Median Income: $42,156 (10th worst)
More on Marilyn Ann:  Data

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6
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Population: 965
Rank Last Year: 35 (Up 28)
Median Home Value: $367,367 (49th worst)
Median Income: $47,372 (18th worst)
More on Maple-Ash:  Data

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6
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Population: 463
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $204,000 (28th worst)
Median Income: $59,900 (29th worst)
More on Bell De Mar Crossing:  Data

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6
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Population: 510
Rank Last Year: 31 (Up 22)
Median Home Value: $200,600 (27th worst)
Median Income: $37,895 (9th worst)
More on Clark Park:  Data

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Population: 3,156
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $153,350 (7th worst)
Median Income: $49,605 (19th worst)
More on Pepperwood:  Data

The ‘hoods around Tempe that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Tempe with Knoell Gardens landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Tempe aren’t all bad. Alta Mira takes the cake as the best place to live in Tempe.

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 Tempe For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Knoell Gardens 284 $83,100 $42,286
2 University Heights 561 $159,800 $19,850
3 Escalante 2,335 $117,233 $32,763
4 Hudson Manor 838 $187,500 $23,309
5 Mitchell Park West 852 $198,100 $42,156
6 Marilyn Ann 738 $198,100 $42,156
7 Maple-Ash 965 $367,367 $47,372
8 Bell De Mar Crossing 463 $204,000 $59,900
9 Clark Park 510 $200,600 $37,895
10 Pepperwood 3,156 $153,350 $49,605
11 Superstition 338 $192,200 $93,516
12 Kiwanis Park 1,874 $163,500 $53,920
13 Holdeman 2,018 $192,500 $37,640
14 Mitchell Park East 652 $198,950 $52,110
15 Wood Park 4,260 $134,400 $44,277
16 Riverside 1,763 $266,300 $28,919
17 Ntna-Cavalier Hills 657 $229,500 $44,412
18 Hughes Acres 1,054 $192,750 $51,310
19 Ntna-West Rio 778 $229,500 $44,412
20 Tempe Gardens 779 $197,400 $80,647
21 Gililland 2,035 $192,500 $37,640
22 Meyer Park 4,026 $160,700 $44,950
23 Rural-Geneva 1,078 $192,750 $51,310
24 Evergreen 1,223 $221,800 $65,312
25 Cyprus Southwest 1,972 $174,100 $50,680
26 University Estates 289 $294,300 $78,125
27 Alameda-Campus 495 $240,500 $76,500
28 Estate La Colina 586 $327,400 $83,304
29 Ntna-College 2,884 $161,900 $43,822
30 Alegre Community 1,790 $137,500 $20,854
31 University Park 2,069 $395,300 $16,875
32 Baseline-Hardy 5,619 $128,166 $50,023
33 Brentwood-Cavalier 492 $240,500 $76,500
34 Ntna-Indian Bend 1,988 $167,200 $56,129
35 Mcclintock 1,112 $190,900 $74,833
36 Daley Park 495 $294,300 $78,125
37 Ntna-Canal Park 768 $220,600 $61,250
38 Mach 8 1,825 $175,800 $57,459
39 Kyrene-Superstition 1,456 $143,600 $52,838
40 Duskfire Ii 362 $286,800 $86,932
41 Shalimar 633 $225,000 $68,125
42 Optimist Park Nw 1,150 $206,450 $64,094
43 Optimist Park Ne 1,308 $220,550 $74,281
44 Optimist Park Sw 1,122 $217,400 $67,821
45 Optimist Park Se 985 $245,600 $88,194
46 Tempe Royal Estates 3,827 $208,050 $61,256
47 Mission Ridge 195 $565,200 $138,571
48 Corona Del Sol 237 $565,200 $138,571
49 Sunburst Farms 512 $601,200 $153,250
50 Tally Ho Farms 583 $463,700 $141,518
51 Dava-Lakeshore 1,124 $173,500 $80,292
52 Raintree 437 $579,500 $160,833
53 Warner Estates 508 $601,200 $153,250
54 Camelot Village 1,544 $324,200 $71,100
55 Tally Ho Farms North 490 $579,500 $160,833
56 Broadmor 1,229 $335,900 $81,341
57 Sandahl 861 $375,400 $126,957
58 Alta Mira 1,433 $341,650 $105,512