THE 10 WORST Neighborhoods In Philadelphia For 2020


We used science and data to determine which Philadelphia neighborhoods 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 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Philadelphia.
Worst Neighborhoods In Philadelphia

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

Tioga-Nicetown Philadelphia, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 17,382
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.

Hunting Park Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 22,735
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.

Strawberry Mansion Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 19,690
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.

Fairhill Philadelphia, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 27,298
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.

Alleghany West Philadelphia, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 18,676
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.

Harrowgate Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 17,456
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.

Haddington-Carroll Park Philadelphia, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 35,068
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.

Elmwood Philadelphia, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 24,891
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.

Frankford Philadelphia, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 39,792
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.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 21,880
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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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Philadelphia For 2020?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Tioga-Nicetown 17,382 $58,569 $24,935
2 Hunting Park 22,735 $57,200 $23,587
3 Strawberry Mansion 19,690 $71,938 $31,085
4 Fairhill 27,298 $51,578 $19,698
5 Alleghany West 18,676 $48,477 $25,196
6 Harrowgate 17,456 $48,963 $23,871
7 Haddington-Carroll Park 35,068 $68,396 $28,706
8 Elmwood 24,891 $90,648 $36,424
9 Frankford 39,792 $94,038 $33,217
10 North Central 21,880 $87,376 $25,297
11 Hartranft 13,891 $68,225 $20,096
12 Germantown 66,915 $99,031 $29,642
13 Logan-Fern Rock 23,813 $80,772 $30,568
14 Richmond 43,954 $92,369 $41,396
15 Grays Ferry 15,779 $96,181 $27,936
16 Belmont 33,995 $87,051 $24,652
17 Eastwick 10,284 $107,470 $39,122
18 Wynnefield 29,641 $127,688 $35,258
19 Kensington 24,869 $142,231 $42,035
20 Juniata Park-Feltonville 34,014 $78,023 $31,888
21 Poplar-Ludlow-Yorktowne 18,907 $184,789 $35,486
22 Brewerytown 10,658 $139,156 $37,606
23 Summerdale 43,627 $120,962 $39,667
24 Olney 37,133 $93,675 $35,306
25 Wissanoning 27,190 $108,379 $44,320
26 Morris Park 26,860 $118,371 $42,528
27 Mayfield 32,474 $139,232 $48,968
28 Cobbs Creek 79,231 $143,715 $33,677
29 Marconi Plaza-Packer Park 5,804 $105,150 $69,608
30 Oak Lane 42,412 $135,242 $42,352
31 Point Breeze 22,832 $138,209 $37,960
32 Pennsport-Whitman-Queen 31,306 $218,266 $54,536
33 Holmesburry-Torresdale 25,247 $130,835 $46,772
34 Cedar Brook 26,401 $157,534 $46,862
35 Oxford Circle 61,090 $128,062 $41,115
36 East Falls 9,728 $215,870 $55,225
37 Mount Airy 32,467 $233,451 $58,968
38 Riverfront 2,325 $366,800 $94,738
39 Fishtown 18,272 $254,839 $66,975
40 Rhawnhurst 30,805 $193,578 $50,959
41 Girard Estates 22,301 $166,633 $48,702
42 Fox Chase 23,450 $209,314 $60,624
43 Torresdale 30,358 $192,714 $60,598
44 Byberry 16,442 $219,346 $63,343
45 Somerton 30,102 $229,220 $49,918
46 South Philadelphia 24,829 $171,795 $45,300
47 Roxborough 31,063 $229,678 $69,711
48 Academy Gardens 27,044 $206,228 $60,948
49 Bustleton 31,993 $235,589 $59,747
50 City Center East 26,784 $481,058 $76,360
51 Chestnut Hill 11,011 $432,092 $100,099
52 Schuylkill Southwest 13,322 $305,539 $71,943
53 City Center West 32,463 $446,456 $74,773
54 Fairmount-Spring Garden 23,809 $320,109 $72,884
55 Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista 29,357 $268,021 $56,818
56 Manayunk 12,005 $244,671 $67,074

15 thoughts on “THE 10 WORST Neighborhoods In Philadelphia For 2020

  1. Who did this study. Must be going by zip codes again. And kensington and feltonville are higher than Richmond. Guess there counting shootings and crack heads.

    1. You get trouble in every area I’m from Dublin one off the most visted city’s in the world and it’s as hard a place you will ever find gun shootings on the rise but it’s in every Neighbourhood

  2. If your ranking has places like Port Richmond listed as worse than Kensington, you know your ranking went wrong somewhere.

  3. This is hilarious. Where did you get this information? This must be a road map for your investor friends. You can really tell you have no idea about Philadelphia or how to read a map? What made you put multiple communities together that are not together at all and closer / neighboring to other communities that you do not even mention? Where are you getting you research? Your intentions are not good.

  4. I don’t understand this article I think it was flawed .They didn’t name the areas of the Cities properly and how was the study based and done on what crime income home value doesn’t mean it’s the worst or best what about Tacony ? Philadelphia in general is going down there’s trash everywhere and it’s not addressed I was outside of a dollar store and two children with adults came out and threw their candy wrappers on the ground along with the bag and I said by the way there’s a trash can right behind you and I was giving the middle finger sad sad sad. I am the renter and I care every year I plant flowers in the front of the house and keep the area very nice when I walk out my door and cross the street to a new Charter School there’s glass all over and trash and glass and trash in the park across the street in park….. I wish there was a way to stop the trash!!!! That alone would improve the neighborhoods

  5. Where’s Mayfield ? Tacony, Northwood ? I’ve lived in the Fairhill section of North Philly most of my life (60+ yrs), there was never anything called West Kensington. Never heard of a section called Glenwood. Back in the day there were something called Phone Books, and in them there were maps of all the zip codes and their individual smaller neighborhoods. Now we have to listen to our local News Stations with newer reporters coming to town steadily, and they haven’t a clue where their reporting from, and they get it wrong, or even worse; they make it up, and the name sticks, even though it never existed before.

  6. South Philly is a section of the city which is made up of neighborhoods. Pennsport Whitman , grays Ferry, point Breeze, Bella Vista and packer Park are all different neighborhoods that are on the South Side and make up South Philly. So South Philly can’t be on your list at 46 and Bella Vista ranked 55 because Bella Vista is in South Philly.

  7. Your photo of an AMC theater at N Broad Street and W Oxford St. is not in Harrowgate. You apparently don’t know jack about what you are talking about.

  8. I’m not particularly proud of where I’ve lived throughout Philly, but i have to say i honestly think this list is way off. Being of immigrant parents, we moved constantly, from Kensington, to Frankford, to 25th and Cecil B Moore, then to Trenton and Camden Nj which was disgusting, I’d take any part of philly over Jersey anyday, just my personal preference..
    From my own personal experience, unless something has changed in the last 3 years, frankford and Port Richmond are not worse than Kensington. Neither is Germantown.. i don’t know where they got the data to make this list, but yeah…

  9. I grew up in the first block north of Market on 56 in West Philadelphia in the 60s and 70s. The closest designation I saw was Haddington/Carroll Park? So much of the city outside of Center City and Society Hill is struggling financially. West Philly had Penn and the immediate surrounding area for student and staff housing, bit once you came up into the mid 40s, the quality dropped off dramatically. I’m told 56 was undergoing a real estate surge now that they spruced up the elevated train stop, but it’s hard to see evidence.

  10. Although I have not currently lived in the Philadelphia very long, I have spent much of my time within the various neighborhoods of the city as I lived nearby. First off, your picture for the Harrowgate neighborhood is actually of the Temple University neighborhood. Second off, of all the areas I have been to, having Kensington not even rank in the top 10 is frankly insulting. There were also neighborhoods listed as bordering each other which are far off from that. Not to sound rude, but I would definitely look over this article and do some more research if I were you.

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