These Are The 10 Worst Philadelphia Neighborhoods


We used science and data to determine which Philadelphia neighborhoods are the real pits.

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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:

  1. Tioga-Nicetown
  2. Fairhill
  3. Strawberry Mansion
  4. Hunting Park
  5. Alleghany West
  6. Hartranft
  7. Harrowgate
  8. Frankford
  9. Grays Ferry
  10. Richmond

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.

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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)
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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.

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1. Tioga-Nicetown

Tioga-Nicetown, Philadelphia, PA

Source: Google Maps

Population: 19,511
Median Income: $25,462
Median Home Value: $60,212

2. Fairhill

Fairhill, Philadelphia, PA

Source: Google Maps

Population: 26,224
Median Income: $16,378
Median Home Value: $52,100

3. Strawberry Mansion

Strawberry Mansion, Philadelphia, PA

Source: Google Maps

Population: 21,399
Median Income: $26,826
Median Home Value: $87,481

4. Hunting Park

Hunting Park, Philadelphia, PA

Source: Google Maps

Population: 21,592
Median Income: $20,881
Median Home Value: $55,913

5. Alleghany West

Alleghany West, Philadelphia, PA

Source: Google Maps

Population: 19,411
Median Income: $24,305
Median Home Value: $52,228

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6. Hartranft

Hartranft, Philadelphia, PA

Source: Google Maps

Population: 12,998
Median Income: $16,811
Median Home Value: $67,344

7. Harrowgate

Harrowgate, Philadelphia, PA

Source: Google Maps

Population: 17,925
Median Income: $20,734
Median Home Value: $63,458

8. Frankford

Frankford, Philadelphia, PA

Source: Google Maps

Population: 38,763
Median Income: $30,405
Median Home Value: $89,992

9. Grays Ferry

Grays Ferry, Philadelphia, PA

Source: Google Maps

Population: 16,484
Median Income: $27,734
Median Home Value: $89,019

10. Richmond

Richmond, Philadelphia, PA

Source: Google Maps

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

Place Rank Population Median Income Median Home Value
Tioga-Nicetown 1 19,511 $25,462 $60,212
Fairhill 2 26,224 $16,378 $52,100
Strawberry Mansion 3 21,399 $26,826 $87,481
Hunting Park 4 21,592 $20,881 $55,913
Alleghany West 5 19,411 $24,305 $52,228
Hartranft 6 12,998 $16,811 $67,344
Harrowgate 7 17,925 $20,734 $63,458
Frankford 8 38,763 $30,405 $89,992
Grays Ferry 9 16,484 $27,734 $89,019
Richmond 10 40,359 $31,730 $98,100
Haddington-Carroll Park 11 35,114 $24,126 $75,647
Juniata Park-Feltonville 12 32,717 $28,432 $91,346
Kensington 13 22,912 $29,622 $111,400
Logan-Fern Rock 14 23,009 $31,259 $92,888
North Central 15 21,997 $22,404 $104,478
Belmont 16 30,154 $23,517 $110,255
Elmwood 17 24,745 $32,681 $99,800
Germantown 18 71,875 $30,371 $104,518
Wissanoning 19 28,787 $40,035 $119,083
Olney 20 36,255 $33,859 $94,944
Summerdale 21 37,535 $37,846 $125,327
Brewerytown 22 10,060 $30,962 $140,619
Eastwick 23 10,209 $43,100 $141,988
Wynnefield 24 30,135 $34,808 $139,983
Point Breeze 25 21,575 $28,394 $108,531
Mayfield 26 32,248 $47,048 $149,242
Holmesburry-Torresdale 27 30,088 $45,897 $151,105
Poplar-Ludlow-Yorktowne 28 16,995 $33,591 $196,050
Morris Park 29 26,264 $36,985 $120,560
Oxford Circle 30 58,978 $41,973 $137,590
Oak Lane 31 41,839 $43,520 $140,284
Academy Gardens 32 27,122 $57,786 $212,722
Rhawnhurst 33 28,889 $54,097 $209,161
Cedar Brook 34 24,770 $45,688 $146,679
Cobbs Creek 35 81,817 $30,851 $169,885
Fox Chase 36 23,781 $56,172 $216,852
Girard Estates 37 22,025 $46,154 $166,909
Byberry 38 16,789 $63,138 $223,715
Fishtown 39 15,557 $53,793 $202,133
Marconi Plaza-Packer Park 40 5,040 $55,681 $263,800
South Philadelphia 41 22,586 $38,487 $160,900
Torresdale 42 31,122 $61,634 $212,600
East Falls 43 10,251 $55,629 $235,456
Mount Airy 44 32,910 $57,067 $229,564
Roxborough 45 29,246 $62,236 $241,656
Bustleton 46 32,035 $62,541 $244,637
Somerton 47 29,573 $54,980 $247,293
Pennsport-Whitman-Queen 48 28,721 $45,857 $220,643
Chestnut Hill 49 9,817 $88,787 $408,875
Schuylkill Southwest 50 12,568 $46,379 $260,722
Manayunk 51 10,745 $58,101 $218,621
Riverfront 52 1,852 $93,251 $369,233
Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista 53 25,188 $43,394 $246,118
Fairmount-Spring Garden 54 21,588 $62,975 $353,935
City Center East 55 24,010 $68,972 $460,746
City Center West 56 29,969 $64,726 $473,083

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4 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Philadelphia Neighborhoods

  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 whores

  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.

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