These Are The 10 Worst Seattle Neighborhoods For 2019


We used science and data to determine which Seattle 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 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Seattle.
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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 places don’t quite measure up to Seattle’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Seattle according to data:

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

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Seattle for 2019? According to the most recent census data, South Park looks to be the worst neighborhood in Seattle.

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.

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How we determined the worst Seattle hoods in 2019

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, Washington 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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5
/10

Population: 3,549
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $193,200 (1st worst)
Median Income: $37,624 (2nd worst)
More on South Park:  Data

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6
/10

Population: 2,000
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $314,817 (8th worst)
Median Income: $64,669 (17th worst)
More on Georgetown:  Data

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8
/10

Population: 5,249
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $324,975 (9th worst)
Median Income: $63,066 (15th worst)
More on Roxhill:  Data

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8
/10

Population: 4,280
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $352,340 (14th worst)
Median Income: $73,541 (26th worst)
More on North Delridge:  Data

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8
/10

Population: 703
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $396,900 (25th worst)
Median Income: $66,250 (18th worst)
More on Sand Point:  Data

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8
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Population: 6,231
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $280,467 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $52,981 (6th worst)
More on South Delridge:  Data

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8
/10

Population: 4,283
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $363,225 (19th worst)
Median Income: $55,515 (9th worst)
More on Northgate:  Data

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8
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Population: 15,358
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $334,780 (11th worst)
Median Income: $61,016 (13th worst)
More on Rainier Beach:  Data

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8
/10

Population: 26,977
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $298,214 (4th worst)
Median Income: $51,109 (5th worst)
More on University District:  Data

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8
/10

Population: 3,508
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $335,700 (12th worst)
Median Income: $76,727 (28th worst)
More on Riverview:  Data

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 Neighborhoods To Live In Seattle For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 South Park 3,549 $193,200 $37,624
2 Georgetown 2,000 $314,817 $64,669
3 Roxhill 5,249 $324,975 $63,066
4 North Delridge 4,280 $352,340 $73,541
5 Sand Point 703 $396,900 $66,250
6 South Delridge 6,231 $280,467 $52,981
7 Northgate 4,283 $363,225 $55,515
8 Rainier Beach 15,358 $334,780 $61,016
9 University District 26,977 $298,214 $51,109
10 Riverview 3,508 $335,700 $76,727
11 Olympic Hills 8,347 $313,800 $61,322
12 Atlantic 5,133 $409,783 $66,899
13 Haller Lake 8,563 $362,689 $66,470
14 International District 6,222 $275,700 $31,574
15 High Point 7,820 $331,500 $60,140
16 North College Park 7,494 $354,178 $72,782
17 Beacon Hill 35,035 $359,223 $60,130
18 Columbia City 9,450 $362,455 $58,398
19 Brighton 8,225 $347,062 $48,031
20 Interbay 4,239 $524,950 $81,117
21 Industrial District 2,705 $449,162 $89,424
22 Highland Park 7,492 $306,962 $53,914
23 Mount Baker 8,739 $484,690 $84,194
24 Pinehurst 5,879 $399,283 $64,376
25 Cedar Park 5,660 $425,214 $73,451
26 Bitter Lake 8,798 $364,800 $55,490
27 South Lake Union 6,331 $372,100 $88,097
28 Seward Park 4,496 $509,056 $91,406
29 Belltown 10,468 $298,940 $84,419
30 Greenwood 16,734 $424,567 $81,641
31 Crown Hill 2,877 $503,267 $89,372
32 Alki 2,069 $616,283 $92,988
33 First Hill 12,112 $369,892 $47,158
34 Meadowbrook 3,644 $429,440 $79,570
35 Downtown 12,264 $474,229 $70,330
36 Central District 16,895 $434,618 $69,524
37 Victory Heights 5,254 $375,186 $66,984
38 Roosevelt 3,138 $549,275 $78,093
39 Westlake 3,905 $363,800 $94,208
40 Pioneer Square 582 $574,033 $82,597
41 Lower Queen Anne 11,479 $447,030 $79,278
42 Ballard 16,713 $522,193 $88,479
43 Maple Leaf 11,681 $497,731 $89,121
44 Sunset Hill 6,216 $575,288 $93,572
45 Broadview 8,547 $494,800 $85,064
46 Capitol Hill 37,489 $526,860 $85,656
47 North Beach 2,193 $605,300 $99,843
48 Fremont 12,472 $533,092 $81,943
49 Madison Valley 1,789 $527,975 $123,390
50 Eastlake 3,806 $555,300 $75,217
51 West Seattle 27,055 $505,822 $89,963
52 Olympic Manor 2,278 $685,967 $103,313
53 Leschi 4,466 $658,600 $111,087
54 Admiral 12,607 $551,173 $96,220
55 Madison Park 1,773 $1,216,900 $168,926
56 Blue Ridge 1,877 $549,625 $95,292
57 Matthews Beach 5,195 $585,271 $115,178
58 Fauntleroy 4,261 $551,867 $107,902
59 Denny-Blaine 971 $994,350 $186,066
60 Arbor Heights 5,176 $459,550 $100,528
61 Wedgwood 10,290 $543,192 $101,398
62 Whittier Heights 5,298 $554,725 $92,956
63 Magnolia 16,871 $645,029 $108,612
64 Montlake 2,009 $854,000 $148,077
65 Madrona 4,296 $638,550 $123,935
66 Wallingford 16,333 $604,588 $93,826
67 Windermere 1,616 $979,300 $127,762
68 Queen Anne 25,386 $635,135 $104,518
69 Green Lake 9,656 $614,025 $106,534
70 Ravenna 10,286 $591,627 $96,775
71 View Ridge 4,205 $687,960 $133,298
72 Hawthorne Hills 1,721 $707,800 $113,832
73 Loyal Heights 7,963 $554,144 $96,947
74 Phinney Ridge 10,900 $612,754 $94,057
75 Broadmoor 1,508 $1,256,500 $188,646
76 Bryant 5,241 $567,125 $105,780
77 Portage Bay 1,614 $784,150 $110,704
78 Laurelhurst 4,159 $1,053,600 $170,046

3 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Seattle Neighborhoods For 2019

    1. If that were true people wouldn’t care when whites don’t want to let anyone else into their neighborhood. Face it, we set the standard.

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