These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Wichita For 2018


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

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Wichita’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 Wichita.

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

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

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

We examined 72 of Wichita’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Wichita’s reputation:

  1. New Salem
  2. The Elm
  3. Power
  4. Murdock
  5. Central 2000
  6. North Central
  7. Northeast Millair
  8. Mcadams
  9. Matlock Heights
  10. Jones Park

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

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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How we determined the worst Wichita 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 Wichita:

  • 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 Wichita 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 Wichita.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Wichita to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 72 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. New Salem

Population: 589
Median Income: $20,550
Median Home Value: $42,600

2. The Elm

Population: 531
Median Income: $21,916
Median Home Value: $44,500

3. Power

Population: 1,343
Median Income: $20,177
Median Home Value: $37,533

4. Murdock

Population: 1,052
Median Income: $21,916
Median Home Value: $44,500

5. Central 2000

Population: 244
Median Income: $30,658
Median Home Value: $54,700

6. North Central

Population: 1,919
Median Income: $19,117
Median Home Value: $40,533

7. Northeast Millair

Population: 1,563
Median Income: $25,256
Median Home Value: $46,850

8. Mcadams

Population: 671
Median Income: $30,658
Median Home Value: $54,700

9. Matlock Heights

Population: 1,797
Median Income: $22,270
Median Home Value: $53,800

10. Jones Park

Population: 590
Median Income: $29,006
Median Home Value: $54,000

The ‘hoods around Wichita that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Wichita with New Salem landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Wichita aren’t all bad. Crown Heights takes the cake as the best place to live in Wichita.

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

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Detailed List Of The Worst Wichita Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
New Salem 1 589 $20,550 $42,600
The Elm 2 531 $21,916 $44,500
Power 3 1,343 $20,177 $37,533
Murdock 4 1,052 $21,916 $44,500
Central 2000 5 244 $30,658 $54,700
North Central 6 1,919 $19,117 $40,533
Northeast Millair 7 1,563 $25,256 $46,850
Mcadams 8 671 $30,658 $54,700
Matlock Heights 9 1,797 $22,270 $53,800
Jones Park 10 590 $29,006 $54,000
Fairmount 11 1,097 $18,102 $65,633
Oakview 12 1,822 $21,250 $25,700
Stanley-Aley 13 3,510 $28,145 $59,840
Hilltop 14 1,987 $25,281 $21,800
Planeview United 15 4,218 $20,956 $44,250
Linwood 16 1,066 $28,974 $51,400
Orchard Breeze 17 2,744 $30,848 $73,367
Riverside 18 6,180 $38,216 $72,000
Ken-Mar 19 1,855 $30,338 $56,150
Mccormick 20 2,978 $29,146 $60,829
South Central Improvemen 21 8,837 $25,347 $54,208
Kellogg School 22 2,435 $28,030 $68,750
South City Community 23 7,427 $32,190 $60,689
South Area 24 6,496 $45,986 $67,943
Country Overlook 25 1,666 $40,741 $69,900
Delano 26 6,119 $35,616 $72,800
Fabrique 27 2,556 $37,348 $69,600
Schweiter East 28 853 $33,944 $89,400
Sunflower 29 5,937 $32,800 $70,050
Historic Midtown 30 8,156 $31,941 $70,830
East Front 31 1,019 $35,808 $84,733
Schweiter 32 919 $34,944 $82,900
Pueblo 33 6,179 $31,094 $63,917
Macdonald 34 826 $29,486 $88,550
East Mt Vernon Na 35 1,712 $39,917 $71,367
Eastridge 36 4,747 $31,080 $90,000
Northeast Heights 37 2,649 $37,032 $92,400
Southwest 38 13,218 $39,056 $78,913
Sunnyside 39 1,269 $38,128 $75,500
Southwest Village 40 6,458 $43,642 $73,583
Meadowlark 41 984 $41,733 $92,550
K-15 42 2,158 $38,688 $80,400
Grandview Heights 43 1,470 $40,152 $82,950
Mead 44 3,259 $35,025 $77,775
Pleasant Valley 45 949 $62,805 $114,100
Uptown 46 1,276 $42,153 $94,500
La Placita Park 47 2,528 $42,495 $90,920
Northwest Big River 48 1,801 $44,286 $103,800
Sherwood Glen 49 1,481 $62,805 $114,100
Benjamin Hills 50 4,525 $45,247 $113,783
Sleepy Hollow 51 477 $64,526 $116,333
Brookhollow 52 461 $55,323 $201,300
Indian Hills 53 2,143 $38,636 $92,867
North Riverside 54 4,280 $46,953 $97,129
Delano Township 55 1,208 $91,832 $303,650
Park Meadows 56 178 $61,771 $140,500
Harrison Park Rk 57 473 $61,771 $140,500
Westlink 58 738 $45,321 $110,400
Cottonwood Village 59 566 $55,083 $131,400
Orchard Park 60 3,785 $55,581 $99,360
Courtland 61 535 $50,641 $128,700
Chisholm Creek 62 13,938 $50,893 $100,011
Longview 63 589 $59,106 $107,950
Comotara Mainsgate Villa 64 694 $53,958 $130,900
Hilltop-Jefferson 65 1,984 $53,399 $132,400
Village 66 687 $50,641 $128,700
Lambsdale 67 249 $62,973 $133,900
Rockhurst 68 122 $68,750 $172,900
Crown Heights South 69 653 $44,551 $120,400
Indian Hills Riverbend 70 2,435 $57,708 $120,500
College Hill 71 4,575 $63,943 $155,588
Crown Heights 72 1,421 $66,705 $150,500

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