These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Tulsa For 2018


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

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Tulsa’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 Tulsa.

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

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

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

We examined 15 of Tulsa’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Tulsa’s reputation:

  1. Brady Arts District
  2. Downtown
  3. Uptown
  4. Southern Hills
  5. North Tulsa
  6. South Tulsa
  7. 71 Street Corridor
  8. Expo Square
  9. West Tulsa
  10. Utica Square

Read on to see how we determined the places around Tulsa 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.

Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Tulsa.

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How we determined the worst Tulsa 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 Tulsa:

  • 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 Tulsa 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 Tulsa.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Tulsa to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 15 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. Brady Arts District

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Tulsa

Population: 181
Median Income: $37,813
Median Home Value: $84,502

2. Downtown

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Tulsa

Population: 3,279
Median Income: $31,905
Median Home Value: $99,227

3. Uptown

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Tulsa

Population: 318
Median Income: $32,826
Median Home Value: $271,375

4. Southern Hills

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Tulsa

Population: 911
Median Income: $94,934
Median Home Value: $375,336

5. North Tulsa

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Tulsa

Population: 63,592
Median Income: $36,327
Median Home Value: $81,020

6. South Tulsa

#6 Worst Neighborhood In Tulsa

Population: 34,782
Median Income: $53,207
Median Home Value: $235,754

7. 71 Street Corridor

#7 Worst Neighborhood In Tulsa

Population: 1,966
Median Income: $57,713
Median Home Value: $182,005

8. Expo Square

#8 Worst Neighborhood In Tulsa

Population: 289
Median Income: $53,962
Median Home Value: $112,552

9. West Tulsa

#9 Worst Neighborhood In Tulsa

Population: 15,152
Median Income: $41,704
Median Home Value: $174,026

10. Utica Square

#10 Worst Neighborhood In Tulsa

Population: 90
Median Income: $169,792
Median Home Value: $829,351

The ‘hoods around Tulsa that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Tulsa with Brady Arts District landing at the bottom of the pack.

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

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Tulsa Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Brady Arts District 1 181 $37,813 $84,502
Downtown 2 3,279 $31,905 $99,227
Uptown 3 318 $32,826 $271,375
Southern Hills 4 911 $94,934 $375,336
North Tulsa 5 63,592 $36,327 $81,020
South Tulsa 6 34,782 $53,207 $235,754
71 Street Corridor 7 1,966 $57,713 $182,005
Expo Square 8 289 $53,962 $112,552
West Tulsa 9 15,152 $41,704 $174,026
Utica Square 10 90 $169,792 $829,351
Terwilliger Heights 11 1,141 $141,396 $829,351
East Tulsa 12 33,252 $43,840 $126,233
Midtown 13 93,629 $53,389 $191,452
Burning Tree Housing Addition 14 4,188 $42,148 $160,146
Cherry Street 15 145 $59,327 $207,253