These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Wichita For 2019


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

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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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Wichita.
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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 places don’t quite measure up to Wichita’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Wichita according to data:

  1. Power
  2. New Salem
  3. North Central
  4. Central 2000
  5. The Elm
  6. Oakview
  7. Matlock Heights
  8. Stanley-Aley
  9. McAdams
  10. Hilltop

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Wichita for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Power looks to be the worst neighborhood in Wichita.

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.

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How we determined the worst Wichita 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 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, Kansas 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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Population: 1,102
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $37,967 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $20,881 (2nd worst)
More on Power:  Data

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Population: 544
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $47,600 (10th worst)
Median Income: $21,324 (3rd worst)
More on New Salem:  Data

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Population: 1,822
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $42,867 (6th worst)
Median Income: $19,294 (1st worst)
More on North Central:  Data

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Population: 307
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $75,600 (32nd worst)
Median Income: $26,964 (16th worst)
More on Central 2000:  Data

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Population: 642
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $46,400 (8th worst)
Median Income: $21,478 (4th worst)
More on The Elm:  Data

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Population: 1,529
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $23,800 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $25,379 (9th worst)
More on Oakview:  Data

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Population: 1,871
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $41,200 (4th worst)
Median Income: $24,633 (8th worst)
More on Matlock Heights:  Data

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Population: 3,860
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $62,540 (15th worst)
Median Income: $30,948 (19th worst)
More on Stanley-Aley:  Data

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Population: 844
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $75,600 (32nd worst)
Median Income: $26,964 (16th worst)
More on Mcadams:  Data

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Population: 1,507
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $22,800 (1st worst)
Median Income: $24,344 (6th worst)
More on Hilltop:  Data

The ‘hoods around Wichita that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Wichita with Power 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 Neighborhoods To Live In Wichita For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Power 1,102 $37,967 $20,881
2 New Salem 544 $47,600 $21,324
3 North Central 1,822 $42,867 $19,294
4 Central 2000 307 $75,600 $26,964
5 The Elm 642 $46,400 $21,478
6 Oakview 1,529 $23,800 $25,379
7 Matlock Heights 1,871 $41,200 $24,633
8 Stanley-Aley 3,860 $62,540 $30,948
9 Mcadams 844 $75,600 $26,964
10 Hilltop 1,507 $22,800 $24,344
11 Fairmount 1,207 $63,300 $24,449
12 Murdock 1,157 $46,400 $21,478
13 Linwood 1,109 $44,400 $26,776
14 Kellogg School 2,519 $64,800 $26,458
15 Orchard Breeze 2,523 $75,933 $31,459
16 South Central Improvemen 8,132 $48,792 $26,141
17 Mccormick 3,194 $58,457 $29,426
18 Northeast Millair 1,995 $58,650 $26,068
19 Jones Park 455 $73,200 $27,944
20 Planeview United 3,956 $42,725 $25,484
21 South Area 5,666 $68,129 $47,537
22 Sunflower 6,253 $72,525 $34,133
23 Country Overlook 1,789 $74,167 $46,895
24 Delano 5,771 $78,244 $35,434
25 South City Community 7,076 $62,922 $37,900
26 Ken-Mar 1,904 $59,650 $32,532
27 Schweiter East 795 $86,850 $33,949
28 Sunnyside 1,407 $73,100 $34,372
29 Riverside 7,195 $75,429 $45,546
30 Eastridge 4,731 $88,100 $34,793
31 East Front 961 $90,867 $36,970
32 Historic Midtown 7,705 $71,770 $32,732
33 Pueblo 6,339 $67,583 $35,903
34 Schweiter 1,023 $80,600 $40,740
35 East Mt Vernon Na 2,001 $72,133 $37,105
36 Southwest 13,618 $77,953 $39,696
37 Grandview Heights 1,542 $84,650 $39,314
38 Fabrique 2,562 $74,467 $38,434
39 Northwest Big River 1,706 $103,300 $55,744
40 Meadowlark 1,126 $93,150 $51,366
41 Uptown 1,232 $104,800 $36,816
42 Southwest Village 6,911 $74,950 $44,776
43 Park Meadows 163 $139,300 $68,378
44 Sleepy Hollow 491 $114,633 $64,435
45 Hilltop-Jefferson 1,960 $121,800 $57,773
46 Mead 3,208 $75,125 $37,226
47 La Placita Park 2,264 $89,020 $40,072
48 Macdonald 824 $73,950 $41,569
49 Harrison Park Rk 432 $139,300 $68,378
50 Benjamin Hills 4,160 $112,417 $49,287
51 Brookhollow 437 $208,700 $62,772
52 Indian Hills 2,128 $94,033 $40,408
53 K-15 2,063 $77,300 $44,097
54 Cottonwood Village 605 $126,400 $51,346
55 Orchard Park 3,662 $98,880 $51,379
56 North Riverside 4,131 $94,786 $48,513
57 Northeast Heights 2,892 $105,700 $36,164
58 Comotara Mainsgate Villa 643 $132,200 $54,668
59 Village 709 $143,200 $59,375
60 Pleasant Valley 1,009 $120,100 $66,148
61 Courtland 560 $143,200 $59,375
62 Crown Heights South 702 $136,900 $53,636
63 Chisholm Creek 14,253 $99,944 $50,640
64 Delano Township 1,088 $309,250 $95,739
65 Rockhurst 132 $181,700 $72,153
66 Lambsdale 261 $142,700 $56,771
67 Sherwood Glen 1,574 $120,100 $66,148
68 Longview 656 $114,750 $59,710
69 Westlink 833 $116,600 $43,547
70 College Hill 4,586 $160,325 $65,231
71 Indian Hills Riverbend 2,403 $127,800 $53,966
72 Crown Heights 1,213 $143,200 $69,798

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