The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Washington For 2022


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

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Washington'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 Washington.

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 Washington. Some neighborhoods aren't as great as others.

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

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

We examined 34 of Washington's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Washington's reputation.

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Washington for 2022? According to the most recent census data, Brentwood looks to be the worst neighborhood in Washington.

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

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Worst Neighborhoods In Washington
Source: Public domain

The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Washington For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 28,660
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $375,268 (4th worst)
Median Income: $57,873 (3rd worst)
More on Brentwood:  Data

Brentwood Washington, DC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 29,798
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $221,083 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $41,869 (2nd worst)
More on Deanwood:  Data

Deanwood Washington, DC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 117,488
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $204,972 (worst)
Median Income: $38,135 (worst)
More on Anacostia:  Data

Anacostia Washington, DC

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 21,142
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $383,542 (7th worst)
Median Income: $67,389 (5th worst)
More on Stadium-Armory:  Data

Stadium-Armory Washington, DC

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,100
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $376,320 (5th worst)
Median Income: $73,812 (7th worst)
More on South West:  Data

South West Washington, DC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,132
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $376,550 (6th worst)
Median Income: $96,571 (15th worst)
More on Downtown:  Data

Downtown Washington, DC

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 24,123
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $409,893 (8th worst)
Median Income: $69,793 (6th worst)
More on Fort Totten-Upper Northeast:  Data

Fort Totten-Upper Northeast Washington, DC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 57,481
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $437,657 (9th worst)
Median Income: $77,486 (8th worst)
More on Catholic University-Brookland:  Data

Catholic University-Brookland Washington, DC

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 55,592
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $587,596 (17th worst)
Median Income: $102,238 (19th worst)
More on Capitol Hill:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 34,835
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $549,242 (13th worst)
Median Income: $79,273 (9th worst)
More on Columbia Heights:  Data

Methodology: How we determined the worst Washington neighborhoods in 2022

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 Washington:

  • 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 Washington, Washington Dc 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 Washington.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Washington to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 34 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.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Washington

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Washington with Brentwood landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Washington aren't all bad. Au-Tenleytown takes the cake as the best place to live in Washington.

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

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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Washington For 2022?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Brentwood 28,660 $375,268 $57,873
2 Deanwood 29,798 $221,083 $41,869
3 Anacostia 117,488 $204,972 $38,135
4 Stadium-Armory 21,142 $383,542 $67,389
5 South West 11,100 $376,320 $73,812
6 Downtown 8,132 $376,550 $96,571
7 Fort Totten-Upper Northeast 24,123 $409,893 $69,793
8 Catholic University-Brookland 57,481 $437,657 $77,486
9 Capitol Hill 55,592 $587,596 $102,238
10 Columbia Heights 34,835 $549,242 $79,273
11 Mount Vernon Square 6,077 $551,333 $86,024
12 Brightwood 16,318 $600,254 $81,113
13 Foggy Bottom 16,297 $364,920 $66,121
14 Shaw 13,782 $652,492 $88,444
15 Ledroit Park 11,683 $599,300 $94,929
16 Petworth 11,886 $716,475 $102,992
17 U Street Corridor 10,104 $669,883 $107,136
18 Takoma Park 5,302 $751,983 $154,600
19 Mount Pleasant 12,696 $552,782 $91,084
20 Dupont Circle 13,633 $522,360 $98,703
21 Adams Morgan 17,154 $529,538 $101,976
22 Friendship Heights 3,065 $828,100 $147,242
23 Logan Circle 13,768 $538,670 $100,118
24 Foxhall Village 912 $944,350 $115,365
25 Georgetown 14,118 $1,056,531 $150,426
26 Berkley 2,252 $1,083,560 $156,869
27 Glover Park 12,937 $573,173 $115,917
28 Kalorama 2,608 $1,335,200 $134,859
29 Woodley Park 7,667 $948,260 $140,259
30 Barnaby Woods 9,436 $1,017,370 $176,403
31 Chevy Chase 18,506 $919,342 $142,356
32 The Palisades 3,598 $1,188,500 $166,149
33 Cleveland Park 11,732 $759,100 $138,234
34 Au-Tenleytown 18,855 $973,793 $178,534

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 2022. This is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Washington.

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.