These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Tempe For 2018


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

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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 Sandahl ranks way above the rest.

We examined 60 of Tempe’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Tempe’s reputation:

  1. Knoell Gardens
  2. Escalante
  3. East Rio
  4. University Heights
  5. Marilyn Ann
  6. Mitchell Park West
  7. Holdeman
  8. Gililland
  9. Tempe Gardens
  10. Wood Park

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.

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 Tempe 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 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 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 60 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. Knoell Gardens

Population: 268
Median Income: $47,295
Median Home Value: $88,300

2. Escalante

Population: 2,080
Median Income: $25,440
Median Home Value: $111,133

3. East Rio

Population: 297
Median Income: $27,216
Median Home Value: $187,100

4. University Heights

Population: 805
Median Income: $25,139
Median Home Value: $148,400

5. Marilyn Ann

Population: 629
Median Income: $38,892
Median Home Value: $160,900

6. Mitchell Park West

Population: 726
Median Income: $38,892
Median Home Value: $160,900

7. Holdeman

Population: 1,948
Median Income: $33,656
Median Home Value: $168,650

8. Gililland

Population: 2,033
Median Income: $33,656
Median Home Value: $168,650

9. Tempe Gardens

Population: 993
Median Income: $52,458
Median Home Value: $144,700

10. Wood Park

Population: 3,805
Median Income: $42,694
Median Home Value: $131,500

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. Sandahl 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 Tempe Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Knoell Gardens 1 268 $47,295 $88,300
Escalante 2 2,080 $25,440 $111,133
East Rio 3 297 $27,216 $187,100
University Heights 4 805 $25,139 $148,400
Marilyn Ann 5 629 $38,892 $160,900
Mitchell Park West 6 726 $38,892 $160,900
Holdeman 7 1,948 $33,656 $168,650
Gililland 8 2,033 $33,656 $168,650
Tempe Gardens 9 993 $52,458 $144,700
Wood Park 10 3,805 $42,694 $131,500
Mitchell Park East 11 622 $50,127 $190,800
Kiwanis Park 12 1,484 $52,257 $153,200
Superstition 13 616 $43,500 $170,300
Hudson Manor 14 880 $34,180 $71,400
Alegre Community 15 2,003 $25,203 $158,000
Sunset 16 2,901 $37,415 $81,300
Meyer Park 17 3,444 $46,226 $145,700
Baseline-Hardy 18 5,434 $46,157 $125,933
Bell De Mar Crossing 19 423 $59,519 $167,700
Ntna-College 20 2,761 $41,441 $144,200
Pepperwood 21 3,922 $43,028 $126,050
Ntna-Canal Park 22 702 $86,406 $183,900
Ntna-Cavalier Hills 23 705 $53,447 $149,600
Hughes Acres 24 1,096 $47,254 $171,550
Riverside 25 1,614 $30,676 $257,900
Ntna-West Rio 26 835 $53,447 $149,600
Dava-Lakeshore 27 1,659 $63,398 $157,500
Rural-Geneva 28 1,121 $47,254 $171,550
Optimist Park Nw 29 1,064 $65,816 $188,350
Evergreen 30 1,151 $69,838 $214,200
Clark Park 31 551 $30,125 $183,900
Optimist Park Ne 32 1,275 $71,203 $204,350
Kyrene-Superstition 33 1,549 $51,018 $142,750
Mach 8 34 1,232 $55,391 $171,100
Maple-Ash 35 1,029 $55,824 $315,433
Brentwood-Cavalier 36 533 $85,478 $241,200
Alameda-Campus 37 536 $85,478 $241,200
University Estates 38 251 $87,667 $258,700
Optimist Park Sw 39 1,027 $71,477 $202,700
Optimist Park Se 40 977 $82,250 $234,700
Daley Park 41 429 $87,667 $258,700
Tempe Royal Estates 42 3,185 $56,327 $181,500
University Park 43 2,720 $28,375 $398,300
Cyprus Southwest 44 2,025 $48,395 $177,700
Shalimar 45 713 $74,926 $222,500
Ntna-Indian Bend 46 1,483 $57,311 $163,600
Mcclintock 47 1,235 $72,216 $194,000
Mission Ridge 48 250 $108,533 $376,100
Corona Del Sol 49 198 $130,972 $501,000
Camelot Village 50 1,493 $66,708 $323,300
Estate La Colina 51 551 $84,205 $292,000
Tally Ho Farms 52 475 $123,064 $396,500
Duskfire Ii 53 471 $101,483 $303,300
Alta Mira 54 1,324 $108,190 $321,300
Warner Estates 55 512 $149,076 $557,400
Raintree 56 414 $163,828 $573,100
Sunburst Farms 57 517 $149,076 $557,400
Tally Ho Farms North 58 465 $163,828 $573,100
Broadmor 59 1,678 $73,177 $302,900
Sandahl 60 793 $109,375 $336,400

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