These Are The 10 Worst Philadelphia Neighborhoods For 2018


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. Hunting Park
  3. Alleghany West
  4. Fairhill
  5. Strawberry Mansion
  6. Harrowgate
  7. Hartranft
  8. Haddington-Carroll Park
  9. Elmwood
  10. Frankford

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.

Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Philadelphia.

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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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)

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

Population: 18,230
Median Income: $24,201
Median Home Value: $59,538

2. Hunting Park

Population: 23,038
Median Income: $21,390
Median Home Value: $58,558

3. Alleghany West

Population: 19,321
Median Income: $23,878
Median Home Value: $46,204

4. Fairhill

Population: 27,912
Median Income: $17,283
Median Home Value: $52,850

5. Strawberry Mansion

Population: 19,989
Median Income: $31,073
Median Home Value: $71,428

6. Harrowgate

Population: 18,485
Median Income: $20,985
Median Home Value: $53,158

7. Hartranft

Population: 13,133
Median Income: $18,040
Median Home Value: $66,569

8. Haddington-Carroll Park

Population: 33,687
Median Income: $24,228
Median Home Value: $75,415

9. Elmwood

Population: 24,576
Median Income: $30,947
Median Home Value: $96,341

10. Frankford

Population: 38,061
Median Income: $31,978
Median Home Value: $85,968

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 The Worst Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Tioga-Nicetown 1 18,230 $24,201 $59,538
Hunting Park 2 23,038 $21,390 $58,558
Alleghany West 3 19,321 $23,878 $46,204
Fairhill 4 27,912 $17,283 $52,850
Strawberry Mansion 5 19,989 $31,073 $71,428
Harrowgate 6 18,485 $20,985 $53,158
Hartranft 7 13,133 $18,040 $66,569
Haddington-Carroll Park 8 33,687 $24,228 $75,415
Elmwood 9 24,576 $30,947 $96,341
Frankford 10 38,061 $31,978 $85,968
Grays Ferry 11 16,469 $25,659 $90,238
Logan-Fern Rock 12 23,201 $27,839 $87,432
Juniata Park-Feltonville 13 33,697 $29,988 $87,754
Eastwick 14 9,951 $39,977 $109,310
Richmond 15 42,683 $34,549 $94,333
North Central 16 22,214 $20,409 $92,841
Germantown 17 69,018 $29,551 $106,217
Kensington 18 22,965 $32,282 $117,376
Belmont 19 31,044 $20,662 $96,149
Summerdale 20 40,498 $36,149 $121,532
Olney 21 37,855 $37,202 $92,566
Wissanoning 22 27,295 $39,172 $113,090
Wynnefield 23 30,183 $34,496 $131,336
Brewerytown 24 10,324 $33,396 $119,611
Morris Park 25 26,421 $37,093 $114,903
Mayfield 26 31,441 $43,707 $143,552
Holmesburry-Torresdale 27 26,272 $44,766 $140,370
Marconi Plaza-Packer Park 28 5,354 $65,372 $104,790
Oak Lane 29 42,724 $40,857 $134,179
Poplar-Ludlow-Yorktowne 30 17,981 $32,748 $201,221
Point Breeze 31 23,183 $32,531 $124,309
Cobbs Creek 32 81,648 $30,757 $142,408
Oxford Circle 33 61,539 $41,247 $131,371
Cedar Brook 34 26,983 $44,392 $150,293
Pennsport-Whitman-Queen 35 29,563 $51,120 $206,369
Rhawnhurst 36 29,568 $52,193 $197,713
Fox Chase 37 23,242 $54,418 $212,867
Academy Gardens 38 27,635 $56,470 $203,561
Torresdale 39 31,158 $58,477 $197,736
Byberry 40 16,222 $59,828 $224,538
East Falls 41 10,050 $55,218 $211,000
Mount Airy 42 33,188 $53,800 $225,813
Girard Estates 43 21,603 $48,923 $165,891
South Philadelphia 44 24,648 $45,321 $161,419
Somerton 45 30,261 $53,236 $239,807
Roxborough 46 31,398 $64,652 $232,491
Fishtown 47 16,734 $56,008 $215,794
Bustleton 48 32,066 $63,135 $238,158
Chestnut Hill 49 10,620 $91,838 $412,617
Riverfront 50 2,051 $104,493 $368,800
Schuylkill Southwest 51 12,698 $57,420 $282,928
Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista 52 28,382 $51,530 $250,145
Manayunk 53 11,654 $64,142 $232,893
Fairmount-Spring Garden 54 23,649 $72,173 $329,441
City Center East 55 24,923 $71,200 $414,900
City Center West 56 31,629 $70,269 $391,600

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6 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Philadelphia Neighborhoods For 2018

  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.

  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.

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