THE 10 WORST Neighborhoods In Tulsa For 2020


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

Join RoadSnacks
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 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Tulsa.
Worst Neighborhoods In Tulsa

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 Utica Square ranks way above the rest.

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

Here are the 5 worst neighborhoods in Tulsa according to data:

  1. Brady Arts District
  2. Downtown
  3. North Tulsa
  4. West Tulsa
  5. East Tulsa

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Tulsa for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Brady Arts District looks to be the worst neighborhood in Tulsa.

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.

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

The 5 Worst Neighborhoods In Tulsa For 2020

#1 Worst Neighborhood In Tulsa

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 181
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $84,502 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $37,813 (4th worst)
More on Brady Arts District:  Data

#2 Worst Neighborhood In Tulsa

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 3,279
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $99,227 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $31,905 (1st worst)
More on Downtown:  Data

#3 Worst Neighborhood In Tulsa

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 63,592
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $81,020 (1st worst)
Median Income: $36,327 (3rd worst)
More on North Tulsa:  Data

#4 Worst Neighborhood In Tulsa

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 15,152
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $174,026 (7th worst)
Median Income: $41,704 (5th worst)
More on West Tulsa:  Data

#5 Worst Neighborhood In Tulsa

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 33,252
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $126,233 (5th worst)
Median Income: $43,840 (7th worst)
More on East Tulsa:  Data

How we determined the worst Tulsa hoods in 2020

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, Oklahoma 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.

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. Utica Square takes the cake as the best place to live in Tulsa.

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

For more Oklahoma reading, check out:

Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Tulsa For 2020?

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