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 ten places don’t quite measure up to Tucson’s reputation:

  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.

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 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.

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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

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

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