Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Columbus

By PropertyClub Team
Dec 28th 2023
Home of Ohio State University, Columbus is both the capital and largest city in Ohio. With a population of around 905,748, Columbus has a dynamic economy and a wide array of neighborhoods. Unfortunately, some areas have earned a reputation for high crime. Read on to discover the ten most dangerous neighborhoods in Columbus. 


Located just west of downtown, Franklinton is the most dangerous neighborhood in Columbus. The area is known for its high crime rate as well as for being one of the most neglected parts of the city. With a population of 8,060, Franklinton’s crime rate is 1,715, which is well above the national average. The area is known for drug trafficking, gang activity, robberies, shootings, and a slew of other types of criminal activity. Also one of the poorest neighborhoods in Columbus, Franklinton has an average income that is 50% below the national average. 

hash-markNorth Linden 

North Linden is a dangerous neighborhood in north Columbus that is notorious for shootings and homicides. The crime rate in North Linden is 120% above the national average, with residents having a 1 in 20 chance of becoming the victim of a crime. Each year the area sees a staggering number of homicides, shootings, and gang-related crimes. While violent and property crime remains problematic, some pockets of North Linden have shown signs of revitalization. 

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South Linden is an area with even worse crime rates than its northern counterpart. With a population of 9,828, South Linden has a crime rate that is 164% above the national average. Violent crime is rampant in South Linden, with gang activity, shootings, robberies, and carjackings being common. Police presence is inadequate and underfunded in South Linden. Property theft is a constant issue in the area, with cars and homes burglarized often. 


Milo-Grogan is another one of the worst neighborhoods in Columbus due to the high local crime rates. Mil-Grogan is located in northwestern Columbus and has a population of 1,513. The area has a crime rate that is 148% above the national average, with residents having a 1 in 18 chance of becoming the victim of a crime. Property crime is a major concern in Milo-Grogan, with homes and cars regularly broken into. Other types of criminal activity involving drugs and prostitution have been reported in the area. The average income in Milo-Grogan is 58% lower than the national average. 

hash-markWeinland Park

Weinland Park is a transitioning neighborhood that still has a criminal element. Weinland Park has a population of 4,287 and suffers from a crime rate that is 152% higher than the national average. Drug addiction and property theft are the major criminal concerns in the area. Most property theft relates to car theft with some burglaries. With new housing and renovations in the area, much of the criminal element in Weinland Park has been pushed out. The average income in Weinland Park is 23% below the national average. 

hash-markNear Southside

Near Southside is a large neighborhood located near downtown Columbus. With a population of 16,697 Near Southside has a crime rate that is 148% above the national average. Residents have a 1 in 18 chance of becoming the victim of a crime with theft, robbery, burglary, and car theft being common. Many parts of Near Southside are quickly gentrifying with much of the criminal element leaving the area. The current average income in Near Southside is 46% below the national average. 


Hilltop, also known as the Bottoms, is an area located in western Columbus. Hilltop has a crime rate that is 123% above the national average with drug crime and theft being most common. Hilltop is one of the largest and oldest neighborhoods in Columbus, with some parts of the area making a comeback. Many new homes and storefronts are being introduced in Hilltop. 

hash-markNorth Central 

North Central has a population of 9,534 and a crime rate that is 145% above the national average. While violent crime is a concern, most incidents in North Central involve theft and property crime. As many parts of North Central transition, homes, and cars are still targeted for break-ins. Employment prospects in North Central remain scarce, with a median income that is 46% below the national average. 


University District is also one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Columbus. This large neighborhood encompasses most of the Ohio State University campus. With a population of around 35,000, the University has a crime rate that is 137% above the national average. Theft is by far the most common type of crime, with homes and cars often targeted. Residents have an overall 1 in 19 chance of becoming the victim of a crime.