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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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 Sandahl ranks way above the rest.

We examined 60 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. 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.

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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.

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

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

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