The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Wichita For 2022


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 70 of Wichita's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Wichita's reputation.

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Wichita for 2022? 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. Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Wichita.

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Worst Neighborhoods In Wichita

The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Wichita For 2022

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2
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Population: 1,102
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
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: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $47,600 (10th worst)
Median Income: $21,324 (3rd worst)
More on New Salem:  Data

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Population: 1,871
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $41,200 (4th worst)
Median Income: $24,633 (8th worst)
More on Matlock Heights:  Data

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2
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Population: 844
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $75,600 (32nd worst)
Median Income: $26,964 (16th worst)
More on Mcadams:  Data

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Population: 1,822
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $42,867 (6th worst)
Median Income: $19,294 (worst)
More on North Central:  Data

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

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3
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Population: 1,157
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $46,400 (8th worst)
Median Income: $21,478 (4th worst)
More on Murdock:  Data

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1
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Population: 307
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $75,600 (32nd worst)
Median Income: $26,964 (16th worst)
More on Central 2000:  Data

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3
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Population: 1,529
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $23,800 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $25,379 (9th worst)
More on Oakview:  Data

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4
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Population: 1,507
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $22,800 (worst)
Median Income: $24,344 (6th worst)
More on Hilltop:  Data

Methodology: How we determined the worst Wichita 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 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 70 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 Wichita

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

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

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 Wichita.

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.