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:
- San Ignacio Yaqui
- Las Vistas
- Alvernon Heights
- Sunset Villa
- Drexel Park
- Balboa Heights
- 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.
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.
Median Income: $24,366
Median Home Value: $85,920
2. San Ignacio Yaqui
Median Income: $18,963
Median Home Value: $74,050
3. Las Vistas
Median Income: $28,222
Median Home Value: $84,543
4. Alvernon Heights
Median Income: $22,322
Median Home Value: $48,200
5. Sunset Villa
Median Income: $29,152
Median Home Value: $124,700
6. Drexel Park
Median Income: $23,314
Median Home Value: $44,750
Median Income: $22,905
Median Home Value: $68,767
Median Income: $19,754
Median Home Value: $70,220
9. Balboa Heights
Median Income: $11,464
Median Home Value: $82,500
10. El Rio Acres
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
|San Ignacio Yaqui||2||667|
|El Rio Acres||10||2,241|
|Santa Cruz Southwest||11||2,827|
|Bravo Park Lane||16||2,565|
|Barrio Blue Moon||21||587|
|Santa Rita Park||22||556|
|Desert Aire-Loma Linda||40||991|
|Swan Way Park||43||908|
|Miles East West||45||859|
|Tucson Park West||60||3,536|
|Groves Lincoln Park||65||5,181|
|Colonia Del Valle||68||2,003|
|Vista Del Monte||71||2,073|
|Barrio Santa Rosa||76||957|
|Terra Del Sol||78||5,100|
|Mountain First Avenue||79||1,299|
|Richland Heights East||85||1,230|
|Barrio San Antonio||94||279|
|Thunderbird Heights-Wilmot Desert||114||826|
|Highland Vista Cinco Via||117||706|
|Old Fort Lowell||118||2,716|
|Desert Palms Park||122||916|
|Richland Heights West||124||673|