These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Tucson For 2019


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Tucson 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 Tucson.
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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 Desert Palms Park 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. El Presidio
  3. Alvernon Heights
  4. Parkway Terrace
  5. Santa Rita Park
  6. Roberts
  7. Sunset Villa
  8. South Park
  9. Balboa Heights
  10. Myers

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

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 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 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, 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 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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Population: 2,142
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $71,300 (16th worst)
Median Income: $25,005 (19th worst)
More on Fairgrounds:  Data

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2
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Population: 672
Rank Last Year: 32 (Up 30)
Median Home Value: $66,200 (9th worst)
Median Income: $25,976 (24th worst)
More on El Presidio:  Data

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3
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Population: 1,314
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $47,800 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $19,452 (4th worst)
More on Alvernon Heights:  Data

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2
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Population: 81
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $97,600 (42nd worst)
Median Income: $44,922 (92nd worst)
More on Parkway Terrace:  Data

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3
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Population: 586
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $88,850 (32nd worst)
Median Income: $30,286 (38th worst)
More on Santa Rita Park:  Data

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3
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Population: 2,156
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $67,300 (11th worst)
Median Income: $19,452 (4th worst)
More on Roberts:  Data

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3
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Population: 338
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $107,200 (53rd worst)
Median Income: $31,458 (43rd worst)
More on Sunset Villa:  Data

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3
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Population: 3,131
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $96,667 (38th worst)
Median Income: $28,574 (32nd worst)
More on South Park:  Data

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3
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Population: 1,355
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $85,300 (28th worst)
Median Income: $12,854 (1st worst)
More on Balboa Heights:  Data

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3
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Population: 5,159
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $48,150 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $25,509 (20th worst)
More on Myers:  Data

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. Desert Palms Park 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 Neighborhoods To Live In Tucson For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Fairgrounds 2,142 $71,300 $25,005
2 El Presidio 672 $66,200 $25,976
3 Alvernon Heights 1,314 $47,800 $19,452
4 Parkway Terrace 81 $97,600 $44,922
5 Santa Rita Park 586 $88,850 $30,286
6 Roberts 2,156 $67,300 $19,452
7 Sunset Villa 338 $107,200 $31,458
8 South Park 3,131 $96,667 $28,574
9 Balboa Heights 1,355 $85,300 $12,854
10 Myers 5,159 $48,150 $25,509
11 San Ignacio Yaqui 676 $71,450 $19,844
12 North Dodge 2,258 $60,450 $24,251
13 Dodge Flower 3,106 $62,950 $24,580
14 Avondale 1,329 $66,600 $24,456
15 Bravo Park Lane 2,917 $88,933 $29,495
16 Rose 1,881 $83,200 $25,698
17 Amphi 7,389 $79,540 $20,269
18 Keeling 5,018 $88,420 $21,261
19 Naylor 604 $97,200 $27,861
20 Las Vistas 4,631 $84,743 $31,826
21 El Rio Acres 2,413 $84,850 $32,632
22 Santa Cruz Southwest 2,826 $58,240 $27,962
23 Feldman’s 1,974 $167,260 $23,128
24 Ocotillo Oracle 1,180 $157,625 $20,694
25 Barrio Hollywood 2,631 $98,550 $27,950
26 Barrio Anita 278 $132,400 $37,269
27 Dunbar Spring 874 $184,167 $25,779
28 Wakefield 4,657 $70,714 $28,200
29 Doolen-Fruitvale 1,404 $93,267 $36,038
30 Pie Allen 889 $188,600 $17,456
31 Miramonte 3,835 $142,400 $27,899
32 Mountain View 1,238 $143,900 $36,620
33 Barrio Blue Moon 501 $97,650 $23,499
34 Silvercroft 351 $89,700 $35,303
35 Arroyo Chico 1,984 $78,800 $37,537
36 Menlo Park 5,448 $145,383 $29,858
37 Barrio Centro 949 $97,350 $46,230
38 Drexel Park 2,048 $46,850 $24,952
39 Elvira 8,254 $85,480 $36,931
40 Flowing Wells 11,466 $83,992 $39,991
41 Miracle Manor 2,583 $64,400 $22,053
42 West University 3,900 $229,620 $20,605
43 Mortimore 327 $92,200 $48,352
44 Rancho Buena 2,352 $78,800 $34,750
45 San Gabriel 931 $163,567 $31,206
46 Palo Verde 4,587 $145,112 $30,461
47 Saint Cyrils 2,346 $85,600 $30,441
48 Rincon Heights 2,443 $116,183 $25,657
49 Miles East West 967 $60,250 $31,489
50 Udall Park 198 $157,800 $56,875
51 Campus Farm 5,209 $112,700 $32,027
52 Swan Way Park 895 $71,000 $32,944
53 Barrio Santa Rosa 1,019 $140,900 $32,396
54 A Mountain 3,075 $116,100 $32,821
55 El Cortez 530 $97,400 $30,931
56 Sunnyside 13,801 $82,260 $32,113
57 Wilshire Heights 423 $153,800 $63,511
58 Millville 673 $186,450 $36,460
59 Limberlost 2,988 $111,900 $29,124
60 Midtown 6,862 $109,883 $34,518
61 Barrio San Antonio 255 $186,450 $36,460
62 Hedrick Acres 3,641 $159,000 $25,980
63 Northwest 1,625 $157,200 $28,450
64 Starr Pass 717 $211,400 $61,698
65 Julia Keen 4,315 $73,883 $42,510
66 Cherry Avenue 9,191 $68,825 $35,309
67 Corbett 6,292 $100,200 $34,805
68 Broadway-Northeast 944 $172,800 $55,127
69 Mitman 1,032 $153,700 $37,630
70 Western Hills 1,172 $81,500 $31,838
71 Stella Mann 7,732 $107,050 $37,098
72 Desert Aire-Loma Linda 978 $69,950 $38,159
73 Colonia Del Valle 1,776 $142,200 $54,839
74 Cabrini 1,906 $116,600 $34,580
75 Oak Flower 2,082 $104,400 $22,976
76 Groves Lincoln Park 5,319 $107,140 $49,612
77 Iron Horse 269 $250,850 $28,903
78 San Clemente 768 $197,550 $40,067
79 Midvale Park 17,271 $101,560 $38,634
80 Westside Development 3,401 $128,300 $62,475
81 Jefferson Park 3,094 $132,840 $34,103
82 Peter Howell 2,180 $192,550 $47,262
83 Terra Del Sol 5,241 $94,167 $44,142
84 Campbell-Grant 965 $183,000 $38,164
85 El Montevideo 72 $341,200 $79,464
86 Prince Tucson 1,703 $175,650 $35,822
87 Dietz 7,533 $100,867 $40,835
88 Country Glenn 787 $103,650 $50,934
89 Rillito 1,209 $137,100 $41,625
90 Ironwood Ridge 275 $165,800 $50,652
91 Toumey Park 2,354 $112,700 $41,346
92 La Madera 1,228 $163,167 $48,269
93 Barrio Viejo 580 $220,450 $42,584
94 Armory Park 1,194 $243,550 $35,231
95 Vista Del Monte 2,060 $125,500 $54,378
96 Shaheen Estates 962 $205,300 $39,268
97 Richland Heights East 1,081 $195,900 $35,446
98 Glenn Heights 669 $168,200 $51,845
99 Thunderbird Heights-Wilmot Desert 886 $150,700 $39,635
100 Lakeside Park 5,124 $115,675 $44,417
101 El Gheko 2,453 $186,150 $48,534
102 North University 2,062 $238,200 $32,647
103 Samos 1,286 $191,775 $36,803
104 Mountain First Avenue 1,485 $186,733 $36,169
105 Sewell 2,022 $273,550 $17,408
106 Enchanted Hills 1,663 $98,400 $40,114
107 Harlan Heights 2,058 $138,550 $37,409
108 Tucson Park West 3,752 $152,700 $29,854
109 Rosemont West 1,765 $144,650 $53,629
110 Blenman-Elm 3,458 $287,443 $53,350
111 Richland Heights West 622 $179,500 $37,212
112 El Conquistador 329 $369,800 $58,295
113 Catalina Vista-Blenman-Elm 969 $319,300 $55,920
114 South Harrison 5,444 $143,660 $57,424
115 Bear Canyon 1,569 $300,600 $60,736
116 Old Fort Lowell 2,798 $188,833 $60,202
117 Highland Vista Cinco Via 724 $197,650 $72,098
118 Rita Ranch 15,378 $184,900 $80,100
119 Sam Hughes 4,745 $312,312 $51,092
120 Rosemont East 430 $203,700 $69,375
121 Mesquite Ranch 945 $229,700 $82,886
122 Broadmoor-Broadway 1,520 $281,650 $53,963
123 Civano 2,525 $229,700 $82,886
124 Saguaro Miraflores 615 $213,500 $74,054
125 Harrison East-South 3,045 $154,700 $57,993
126 Houghton 2,646 $273,400 $87,860
127 Poets Square 1,146 $191,833 $60,578
128 Eastside 4,072 $206,300 $78,316
129 Desert Palms Park 861 $208,300 $76,875