Vancouver’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 Vancouver.
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 Vancouver. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Vancouver neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Vancouver hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Vancouver area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Village At Fishers Landing ranks way above the rest.
We examined 60 of Vancouver’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Vancouver’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Vancouver according to data:
- Fruit Valley
- Bagley Downs
- Van Mall
- Meadow Homes
- Central Park
- North Hearthwood
- Columbia Way
- Rose Village
So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Vancouver for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Fruit Valley looks to be the worst neighborhood in Vancouver.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Vancouver 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 Vancouver.
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How we determined the worst Vancouver 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 Vancouver:
- 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 Vancouver, Washington 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 Vancouver.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Vancouver to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 60 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.
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $83,900 (1st worst)
Median Income: $34,370 (1st worst)
More on Fruit Valley: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $163,940 (8th worst)
Median Income: $42,672 (10th worst)
More on Ogden: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $144,575 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $37,977 (5th worst)
More on Bagley Downs: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $136,443 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $46,867 (16th worst)
More on Van Mall: Data
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $208,300 (24th worst)
Median Income: $47,289 (17th worst)
More on Arnada: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $174,180 (11th worst)
Median Income: $44,950 (14th worst)
More on Meadow Homes: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $155,700 (6th worst)
Median Income: $35,410 (2nd worst)
More on Central Park: Data
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 21)
Median Home Value: $320,750 (53rd worst)
Median Income: $54,222 (25th worst)
More on North Hearthwood: Data
Rank Last Year: 35 (Up 26)
Median Home Value: $225,500 (35th worst)
Median Income: $47,986 (19th worst)
More on Columbia Way: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $154,950 (5th worst)
Median Income: $42,148 (8th worst)
More on Rose Village: Data
The ‘hoods around Vancouver that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Vancouver with Fruit Valley landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Vancouver aren’t all bad. Village At Fishers Landing takes the cake as the best place to live in Vancouver.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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