These Are The 10 Worst Seattle Neighborhoods For 2018


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

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Seattle’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 Seattle.

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 Seattle. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

So the question arises, which Seattle neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Seattle hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Seattle area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Laurelhurst ranks way above the rest.

We examined 78 of Seattle’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Seattle’s reputation:

  1. South Park
  2. Georgetown
  3. Sand Point
  4. South Delridge
  5. Riverview
  6. Roxhill
  7. North Delridge
  8. Rainier Beach
  9. Beacon Hill
  10. International District

Read on to see how we determined the places around Seattle 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 Seattle.

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 Seattle 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 Seattle:

  • 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 Seattle 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 Seattle.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Seattle to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 78 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. South Park

Population: 3,981
Median Income: $39,828
Median Home Value: $256,525

2. Georgetown

Population: 1,817
Median Income: $54,832
Median Home Value: $298,667

3. Sand Point

Population: 602
Median Income: $58,750
Median Home Value: $334,700

4. South Delridge

Population: 5,971
Median Income: $51,559
Median Home Value: $266,733

5. Riverview

Population: 3,473
Median Income: $64,283
Median Home Value: $292,100

6. Roxhill

Population: 4,855
Median Income: $59,966
Median Home Value: $300,300

7. North Delridge

Population: 3,945
Median Income: $71,546
Median Home Value: $328,560

8. Rainier Beach

Population: 14,824
Median Income: $58,664
Median Home Value: $315,620

9. Beacon Hill

Population: 35,144
Median Income: $55,009
Median Home Value: $315,965

10. International District

Population: 6,066
Median Income: $29,103
Median Home Value: $233,567

The ‘hoods around Seattle that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Seattle with South Park landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Seattle aren’t all bad. Laurelhurst takes the cake as the best place to live in Seattle.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Seattle Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
South Park 1 3,981 $39,828 $256,525
Georgetown 2 1,817 $54,832 $298,667
Sand Point 3 602 $58,750 $334,700
South Delridge 4 5,971 $51,559 $266,733
Riverview 5 3,473 $64,283 $292,100
Roxhill 6 4,855 $59,966 $300,300
North Delridge 7 3,945 $71,546 $328,560
Rainier Beach 8 14,824 $58,664 $315,620
Beacon Hill 9 35,144 $55,009 $315,965
International District 10 6,066 $29,103 $233,567
Northgate 11 3,562 $43,895 $299,175
University District 12 24,712 $38,028 $295,429
Olympic Hills 13 7,769 $49,759 $292,550
High Point 14 7,315 $52,913 $301,600
Haller Lake 15 7,842 $58,392 $321,956
Pioneer Square 16 513 $91,316 $300,433
Columbia City 17 8,725 $51,415 $350,827
Highland Park 18 7,302 $53,353 $271,438
Bitter Lake 19 8,851 $51,135 $340,511
North College Park 20 7,272 $60,685 $320,400
Atlantic 21 4,911 $55,015 $370,483
Industrial District 22 2,612 $76,071 $402,100
Brighton 23 7,761 $52,118 $328,525
Mount Baker 24 7,866 $71,251 $436,530
Victory Heights 25 4,916 $64,551 $359,114
Pinehurst 26 5,799 $52,446 $348,650
Crown Hill 27 2,933 $78,869 $448,133
Cedar Park 28 5,130 $66,930 $383,671
Blue Ridge 29 1,720 $82,341 $490,475
Meadowbrook 30 3,508 $72,840 $377,600
Seward Park 31 4,344 $80,875 $454,411
Interbay 32 3,786 $75,782 $501,467
Downtown 33 11,129 $57,573 $395,053
Central District 34 16,669 $62,590 $367,847
South Lake Union 35 5,025 $70,311 $326,700
First Hill 36 11,822 $42,604 $340,067
Greenwood 37 16,394 $75,337 $380,667
Broadview 38 7,779 $81,145 $443,980
Maple Leaf 39 11,121 $75,479 $459,454
Arbor Heights 40 5,116 $95,161 $418,533
Ballard 41 15,909 $76,729 $450,827
Sunset Hill 42 6,111 $84,783 $526,162
West Seattle 43 25,407 $78,641 $440,052
Westlake 44 3,324 $83,548 $376,100
Alki 45 2,171 $82,928 $572,900
Admiral 46 12,313 $90,268 $472,600
Leschi 47 3,610 $99,586 $563,000
North Beach 48 2,161 $108,658 $546,467
Madison Valley 49 1,564 $115,607 $513,875
Capitol Hill 50 35,122 $75,233 $473,706
Belltown 51 9,044 $66,292 $382,960
Lower Queen Anne 52 10,358 $70,143 $438,860
Whittier Heights 53 5,227 $94,080 $471,900
View Ridge 54 4,243 $117,918 $618,040
Fremont 55 11,859 $72,645 $475,769
Matthews Beach 56 5,468 $98,214 $493,243
Roosevelt 57 3,067 $84,932 $519,100
Loyal Heights 58 7,345 $86,304 $461,311
Hawthorne Hills 59 1,669 $108,923 $661,000
Broadmoor 60 1,482 $111,415 $860,050
Wedgwood 61 10,114 $96,990 $461,400
Madison Park 62 1,672 $134,612 $953,626
Olympic Manor 63 2,145 $99,903 $621,233
Phinney Ridge 64 10,445 $86,938 $527,531
Ravenna 65 10,369 $90,293 $550,700
Magnolia 66 16,658 $104,109 $599,994
Eastlake 67 3,667 $70,466 $533,125
Montlake 68 1,940 $118,211 $779,333
Madrona 69 3,948 $111,769 $589,167
Fauntleroy 70 4,138 $105,171 $528,000
Windermere 71 1,649 $131,315 $870,000
Wallingford 72 15,687 $86,960 $519,231
Green Lake 73 8,902 $86,543 $531,175
Denny-Blaine 74 1,018 $198,420 $870,450
Bryant 75 5,287 $104,527 $542,825
Queen Anne 76 24,052 $94,551 $629,365
Portage Bay 77 1,667 $95,027 $630,400
Laurelhurst 78 4,084 $152,722 $895,680

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