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:
- South Park
- Sand Point
- South Delridge
- North Delridge
- Rainier Beach
- Beacon Hill
- 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.
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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.
1. South Park
Median Income: $39,828
Median Home Value: $256,525
Median Income: $54,832
Median Home Value: $298,667
3. Sand Point
Median Income: $58,750
Median Home Value: $334,700
4. South Delridge
Median Income: $51,559
Median Home Value: $266,733
Median Income: $64,283
Median Home Value: $292,100
Median Income: $59,966
Median Home Value: $300,300
7. North Delridge
Median Income: $71,546
Median Home Value: $328,560
8. Rainier Beach
Median Income: $58,664
Median Home Value: $315,620
9. Beacon Hill
Median Income: $55,009
Median Home Value: $315,965
10. International District
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
|20||North College Park||7,272|
|35||South Lake Union||5,025|
|52||Lower Queen Anne||10,358|