It’s not all peace, love, and harmony in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia has its fair share of sketch neighborhoods, too.
Just how bad are these neighborhoods? Well, you’re going to have to take a look below at RoadSnacks’ list of the worst neighborhoods in Philadelphia for 2020 to see where the crime is high, the average income is low, and the locals are in constant survival mode. We call this the perfect ‘thunder’-storm.
But in order to determine Philadelphia’s worst neighborhoods, we had to give each neighborhood an actual concrete score: we call this a neighborhood’s overall ‘Snackability’. To get this score, we looked at the latest census data on income levels, unemployment rates, crime, and home prices for 56 Philadelphia neighborhoods with over 2,000 residents. Incidentally, this is our fifth time ranking Philly’s worst neighborhoods, so trust us when we say that these are the worst of the worst.
Folks, the kind of places that we are talking about are the kind of places that you’ll want to invest in a security system or a guard dog. And in all honesty, if you find that one of Philadelphia’s worst neighborhoods is all that you can afford, you might want to think about renting: save yourself the headache.
And because the glass is always half full here a RoadSnacks, we think that if you do get stuck in one of Philly’s worst neighborhoods, it might not be all bad. Heck, you could find yourself front and center to a real life Live PD episode in Frankford and if you choose Elmwood the pure entertainment of people watching is not only free, it’s five star! .
So, want to know where Philadelphia’s worst neighborhoods are located? Keep reading.
It’s definitely not lost on us that many of Philadelphia’s worst neighborhoods are also some of the city’s cheapest. Philadelphia’s worst neighborhoods house many locals without jobs; and for most of these people, government subsidized housing is the only option. As a result, places like Strawberry Mansion that were once coveted are now starting to see the negative effects.
So, what’s the worst neighborhood in Philadelphia for 2020? The worst neighborhood in Philadelphia would be Tioga-Nicetown according to the most recent data.
To see how the rest of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods faired, take a look at the list below; and if you don’t see what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Philadelphia For 2020
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $58,569 (5th worst)
Median Income: $24,935 (6th worst)
More on Tioga-Nicetown: Data
Nicetown-Tioga is a neighborhood in the North Philadelphia section of the city of Philadelphia, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It comprises two smaller, older neighborhoods, Nicetown and Tioga, although the distinction between the two is rarely emphasized today. The name “Nicetown” is often simply used to refer to any part of Nicetown-Tioga.
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $57,200 (4th worst)
Median Income: $23,587 (3rd worst)
More on Hunting Park: Data
Hunting Park is a neighborhood in the North Philadelphia section of the United States city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In 2005, the 19140 zip code, which roughly consists of Hunting Park and Nicetown-Tioga, had a median home sale price of $39,650.
The Clara Barton School, Alexander K. McClure School, and Bayard Taylor School are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $71,938 (8th worst)
Median Income: $31,085 (13th worst)
More on Strawberry Mansion: Data
Strawberry Mansion is a neighborhood in the United States city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, located east of Fairmount Park in North Philadelphia. The neighborhood is bounded by 33rd Street to the west, 29th Street to the east, Lehigh Avenue to the north, and Oxford Street to the south. As of the 2000 census, the neighborhood had a population of 22,562. It is often associated with the historic house of the same name, Historic Strawberry Mansion, located adjacent to the neighborhood and generally thought to be the source of the community’s name.
In 2005, the 19121 zip code, which contains Strawberry Mansion, had a median home sale price of $47,900. This was an 85% increase, the largest of any zip code in Philadelphia, from the 2004 median sale price.
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $51,578 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $19,698 (1st worst)
More on Fairhill: Data
Fairhill is a neighborhood on the east side of the North Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Fairhill is bordered by Front Street to the east, Germantown Avenue to the west, Allegheny Avenue to the north, and Cumberland Street to the south. The neighborhood serves as the center of the Hispanic community of Philadelphia, and is known for its “El Centro de Oro” commercial strip along North 5th Street. The neighborhood is also the center of the Philadelphia Badlands. Fairhill is adjacent to Harrowgate and West Kensington to the east, Hartranft to the south, Glenwood to the west, and Hunting Park to the north.
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $48,477 (1st worst)
Median Income: $25,196 (7th worst)
More on Alleghany West: Data
Allegheny West is a neighborhood in the North Philadelphia section of Philadelphia. It is named after an association formed by Pep Boys and Tasty Baking Company, among others, and the community bordering East Falls, Strawberry Mansion and Tioga-Nicetown. Its location in the vicinity of Allegheny Avenue on the western side of Broad Street.
Like many neighborhoods in North Philadelphia, Allegheny West is primarily a poor African-American enclave that has suffered post-industrial decline and disinvestment. It faced one of the largest population losses of any neighborhood in Philadelphia between the 1990 and 2000 census. Vacant industrial sites, such as those once used to build commuter rail trains by Budd Steel, have in recent years been used in film productions. The former Tasty Baking Co. food production facility is undergoing renovation as a mixed-use site; The former headquarters has been leveled to make way for a 75000 sq. ft grocery-anchored outlet mall.
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $48,963 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $23,871 (4th worst)
More on Harrowgate: Data
Harrowgate is a neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States located immediately northeast of Kensington adjacent to Kensington Avenue. It is bordered by Feltonville, Juniata and Frankford to the north, Fairhill to the west, West Kensington and Kensington to the south, and Port Richmond and Bridesburg to the east.
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $68,396 (7th worst)
Median Income: $28,706 (10th worst)
More on Haddington-Carroll Park: Data
Carroll Park is a neighborhood in West Philadelphia. Its boundaries are Lansdowne Avenue to the north, West Girard Avenue to the south, North 63rd Street to the west, and North 52nd Street to the east. Along major streets of the neighborhood, the Carroll Park Community Council, Inc. has placed banners that say “Carroll Park: Where our neighbors become friends.” The 10 trolley runs along Lansdowne Avenue and the 15 trolley runs along Girard Avenue. There is a park by the name of Carroll Park between North 59th and North 58th Streets and West Thompson Street and West Girard Avenue. Carroll Park’s residents are primarily working-class and lower-income African-Americans.
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $90,648 (13th worst)
Median Income: $36,424 (20th worst)
More on Elmwood: Data
Elmwood Park, also known simply as Elmwood, is a neighborhood in the Southwest section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It borders the city line with Delaware County at Cobbs Creek, and extends to the Schuylkill River. The Eastwick neighborhood borders it to the southwest, and Kingsessing borders it on the northeast.
Poles and Irish Americans had long been the majority in the neighborhood, organized around Catholic parishes established throughout the early to mid 20th century.
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $94,038 (16th worst)
Median Income: $33,217 (15th worst)
More on Frankford: Data
Frankford is a neighborhood in the Northeast section of Philadelphia situated about six miles Northeast of Center City. Although its borders are vaguely defined, the neighborhood is bounded roughly by the original course of Frankford Creek, now roughly Adams to Aramingo Avenues, Roosevelt Boulevard, and Cheltenham Avenue. Adjacent neighborhoods are Bridesburg, Kensington, Juniata, Oxford Circle, Summerdale, and Wissinoming. Historically, Frankford had an unofficial division separating Frankford from East Frankford encompassing the area east of Frankford Avenue. The division divided the community first along racial lines, with African Americans on the east of Frankford Avenue and Caucasians to the west. As the community has become less homogeneous, the division is more of a vestige of the past.
In 2005, the 19124 ZIP code, which roughly contains Frankford and Juniata, had a median home sale price of $81,075, an increase of 22% over 2004.
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $87,376 (12th worst)
Median Income: $25,297 (8th worst)
More on North Central: Data
How we determined the worst Philadelphia hoods in 2020
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 Philadelphia:
- 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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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 Philadelphia.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Philadelphia to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 56 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.
The ‘hoods around Philadelphia that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Philadelphia with Tioga-Nicetown landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Philadelphia aren’t all bad. Manayunk takes the cake as the best place to live in Philadelphia.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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