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 places don’t quite measure up to Wichita’s reputation.

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

  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.

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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.

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

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

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