These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Tucson For 2018


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

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Tucson’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 Tucson.

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

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

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

We examined 129 of Tucson’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Tucson’s reputation.

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

  1. Fairgrounds
  2. San Ignacio Yaqui
  3. Las Vistas
  4. Alvernon Heights
  5. Sunset Villa
  6. Drexel Park
  7. Roberts
  8. Amphi
  9. Balboa Heights
  10. El Rio Acres

Read on to see how we determined the places around Tucson 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 Tucson 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 Tucson:

  • 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 Tucson 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 Tucson.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Tucson to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 129 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. Fairgrounds

Population: 2,074
Median Income: $24,366
Median Home Value: $85,920

2. San Ignacio Yaqui

Population: 667
Median Income: $18,963
Median Home Value: $74,050

3. Las Vistas

Population: 4,661
Median Income: $28,222
Median Home Value: $84,543

4. Alvernon Heights

Population: 1,764
Median Income: $22,322
Median Home Value: $48,200

5. Sunset Villa

Population: 369
Median Income: $29,152
Median Home Value: $124,700

6. Drexel Park

Population: 1,966
Median Income: $23,314
Median Home Value: $44,750

7. Roberts

Population: 2,516
Median Income: $22,905
Median Home Value: $68,767

8. Amphi

Population: 6,572
Median Income: $19,754
Median Home Value: $70,220

9. Balboa Heights

Population: 1,235
Median Income: $11,464
Median Home Value: $82,500

10. El Rio Acres

Population: 2,241
Median Income: $29,522
Median Home Value: $88,750

The ‘hoods around Tucson that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Tucson with Fairgrounds landing at the bottom of the pack.

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

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Tucson Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Fairgrounds 2,074 $24,366 $85,920
2 San Ignacio Yaqui 667 $18,963 $74,050
3 Las Vistas 4,661 $28,222 $84,543
4 Alvernon Heights 1,764 $22,322 $48,200
5 Sunset Villa 369 $29,152 $124,700
6 Drexel Park 1,966 $23,314 $44,750
7 Roberts 2,516 $22,905 $68,767
8 Amphi 6,572 $19,754 $70,220
9 Balboa Heights 1,235 $11,464 $82,500
10 El Rio Acres 2,241 $29,522 $88,750
11 Santa Cruz Southwest 2,827 $29,285 $63,860
12 Parkway Terrace 114 $35,824 $104,900
13 Rancho Buena 2,241 $31,962 $84,700
14 Myers 4,343 $23,017 $52,450
15 Keeling 4,803 $22,867 $90,960
16 Bravo Park Lane 2,565 $33,998 $89,867
17 Silvercroft 400 $33,699 $96,900
18 Sunnyside 13,924 $30,246 $80,150
19 North Dodge 2,134 $22,242 $69,300
20 Barrio Centro 1,268 $37,360 $98,800
21 Barrio Blue Moon 587 $24,124 $99,700
22 Santa Rita Park 556 $27,666 $101,550
23 Wakefield 4,695 $25,518 $84,857
24 Cherry Avenue 9,621 $34,001 $69,162
25 South Park 2,855 $34,296 $113,833
26 Rose 1,990 $32,485 $84,950
27 Elvira 7,985 $37,444 $82,240
28 Arroyo Chico 1,835 $29,289 $113,100
29 Doolen-Fruitvale 1,116 $32,311 $87,800
30 Naylor 664 $29,214 $97,400
31 Mortimore 275 $36,833 $88,400
32 El Presidio 873 $28,526 $107,050
33 Barrio Hollywood 2,788 $29,800 $103,900
34 Dodge Flower 2,528 $24,084 $61,100
35 Barrio Anita 315 $35,667 $131,900
36 Western Hills 966 $33,636 $74,500
37 El Cortez 396 $28,944 $98,700
38 Toumey Park 2,260 $19,998 $113,800
39 Julia Keen 4,201 $34,850 $71,367
40 Desert Aire-Loma Linda 991 $35,316 $60,200
41 Feldman’S 1,823 $18,730 $198,000
42 Corbett 6,602 $33,632 $101,820
43 Swan Way Park 908 $25,146 $149,950
44 Ocotillo Oracle 1,090 $22,710 $156,400
45 Miles East West 859 $21,631 $136,850
46 Dunbar Spring 863 $23,773 $185,133
47 A Mountain 3,080 $39,504 $117,900
48 Midvale Park 16,904 $38,608 $98,030
49 Dietz 7,336 $42,737 $92,083
50 Flowing Wells 10,429 $40,883 $99,133
51 Miracle Manor 2,922 $25,706 $103,267
52 Northwest 1,487 $19,780 $170,600
53 Wilshire Heights 512 $60,291 $149,600
54 Avondale 1,619 $25,790 $146,600
55 Menlo Park 5,838 $30,875 $133,450
56 Enchanted Hills 2,110 $36,984 $100,500
57 Udall Park 328 $62,105 $146,900
58 Campus Farm 5,424 $28,640 $125,757
59 San Gabriel 952 $46,172 $153,433
60 Tucson Park West 3,536 $18,583 $125,400
61 Pie Allen 1,536 $19,183 $238,450
62 Midtown 8,126 $30,002 $131,400
63 Rincon Heights 2,426 $26,008 $168,317
64 Country Glenn 998 $35,168 $171,050
65 Groves Lincoln Park 5,181 $46,809 $107,480
66 Cabrini 1,984 $31,540 $114,400
67 Prince Tucson 1,655 $32,090 $180,200
68 Colonia Del Valle 2,003 $50,713 $136,667
69 Stella Mann 7,451 $36,618 $104,375
70 Rillito 1,539 $38,688 $137,000
71 Vista Del Monte 2,073 $29,616 $152,950
72 West University 3,558 $21,501 $254,520
73 Palo Verde 5,309 $34,088 $135,012
74 Samos 1,195 $38,508 $183,775
75 Hedrick Acres 3,581 $22,736 $128,067
76 Barrio Santa Rosa 957 $30,271 $162,267
77 Ironwood Ridge 255 $52,941 $155,000
78 Terra Del Sol 5,100 $41,742 $97,517
79 Mountain First Avenue 1,299 $34,309 $178,533
80 Saint Cyrils 2,071 $36,354 $98,000
81 Miramonte 4,393 $29,359 $165,380
82 Mountain View 1,164 $35,456 $105,150
83 Westside Development 4,160 $64,072 $130,675
84 Campbell-Grant 920 $40,083 $186,550
85 Richland Heights East 1,230 $42,272 $192,800
86 Lakeside Park 5,120 $41,307 $118,825
87 North University 1,731 $20,772 $304,000
88 La Madera 1,389 $35,356 $165,067
89 Iron Horse 307 $32,992 $264,200
90 Limberlost 3,483 $32,093 $128,900
91 South Harrison 5,915 $55,661 $151,200
92 Harlan Heights 1,386 $40,412 $144,350
93 Jefferson Park 3,110 $30,010 $204,060
94 Barrio San Antonio 279 $43,447 $196,150
95 Shaheen Estates 1,191 $47,339 $199,400
96 Armory Park 1,218 $30,892 $234,475
97 Oak Flower 1,350 $31,548 $126,750
98 Rosemont West 1,442 $50,656 $141,900
99 Millville 653 $43,447 $196,150
100 San Clemente 763 $57,180 $181,950
101 Broadway-Northeast 1,180 $61,696 $158,600
102 Mitman 1,249 $41,250 $168,150
103 El Gheko 2,107 $56,551 $176,950
104 Mesquite Ranch 858 $72,849 $219,300
105 Rita Ranch 15,418 $83,096 $181,000
106 El Montevideo 65 $85,536 $401,700
107 Sewell 1,725 $22,421 $275,600
108 Civano 2,293 $72,849 $219,300
109 Bear Canyon 1,560 $66,543 $297,600
110 Starr Pass 687 $77,330 $214,050
111 Peter Howell 2,063 $55,460 $194,050
112 Glenn Heights 761 $57,167 $171,700
113 Barrio Viejo 623 $41,633 $218,850
114 Thunderbird Heights-Wilmot Desert 826 $46,424 $178,600
115 Rosemont East 483 $52,024 $185,900
116 Harrison East-South 2,897 $65,367 $155,950
117 Highland Vista Cinco Via 706 $62,512 $188,850
118 Old Fort Lowell 2,716 $66,544 $200,500
119 Houghton 2,499 $77,847 $285,900
120 Poets Square 1,189 $67,883 $182,500
121 Catalina Vista-Blenman-Elm 1,033 $59,170 $318,900
122 Desert Palms Park 916 $79,395 $201,100
123 Saguaro Miraflores 677 $76,304 $231,800
124 Richland Heights West 673 $41,513 $221,300
125 Blenman-Elm 3,443 $49,383 $263,057
126 El Conquistador 362 $75,278 $383,700
127 Broadmoor-Broadway 1,455 $54,106 $282,500
128 Sam Hughes 4,590 $48,940 $340,662
129 Eastside 4,224 $71,094 $214,700

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