Philadelphia’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 Philadelphia.
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 Philadelphia. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Philadelphia neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Philadelphia hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Philadelphia area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although City Center West ranks way above the rest.
We examined 56 of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Philadelphia’s reputation:
- Strawberry Mansion
- Hunting Park
- Alleghany West
- Grays Ferry
Read on to see how we determined the places around Philadelphia 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.
How we determined the worst Philadelphia 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 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 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.
Population: 19,511 Median Income: $25,462
Median Home Value: $60,212
Population: 26,224 Median Income: $16,378
Median Home Value: $52,100
3. Strawberry Mansion
Population: 21,399 Median Income: $26,826
Median Home Value: $87,481
4. Hunting Park
Population: 21,592 Median Income: $20,881
Median Home Value: $55,913
5. Alleghany West
Population: 19,411 Median Income: $24,305
Median Home Value: $52,228
Population: 12,998 Median Income: $16,811
Median Home Value: $67,344
Population: 17,925 Median Income: $20,734
Median Home Value: $63,458
Population: 38,763 Median Income: $30,405
Median Home Value: $89,992
9. Grays Ferry
Population: 16,484 Median Income: $27,734
Median Home Value: $89,019
Population: 40,359 Median Income: $31,730
Median Home Value: $98,100
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. City Center West 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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Detailed List Of Philadelphia Neighborhoods
|Marconi Plaza-Packer Park||40|
|City Center East||55|
|City Center West||56|