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The five most dangerous neighborhoods in Athens

East Athens

Situated to the east of downtown along Lexington Road and Winterville Road, East Athens is known for its diversity and a significant population of over 10,000 residents. This neighborhood boasts various parks, schools, churches, and businesses.

However, East Athens contends with a high crime rate, surpassing the national average by 102%. Violent crime is especially prevalent, standing at 316% higher than the national average.

On average, a crime occurs every 18 minutes here. With a population density of around 2,000 people per square mile, the likelihood of falling victim to crime in East Athens might be as high as 1 in 15.

Rocksprings

Rocksprings, situated west of downtown along Baxter Street and Milledge Avenue, was established in the late 19th century as a residential area for African Americans employed in nearby factories and mills.

Rocksprings faces elevated crime rates, exceeding the national average by 72%. The occurrence of violent crime is 184% higher than the national average, and crime incidents happen approximately every 25 minutes. With a population density of about 3,000 individuals per square mile, the likelihood of experiencing crime in Rocksprings might be as high as 1 in 19.

Hancock Corridor

Hancock Corridor, located north of downtown along North Avenue and Hancock Avenue, originated in the early 20th century as housing for African American workers in nearby establishments. This area hosts cultural and social organizations, including the East Athens Development Corporation and the Lyndon House Arts Center.

Despite its cultural significance, Hancock Corridor contends with a crime rate surpassing the national average by 66%. Violent crime is 167% higher than the national average, and crime transpires approximately every 27 minutes. With a population density of roughly 4,000 people per square mile, the likelihood of falling victim to crime in Hancock Corridor might be as high as 1 in 21.

West Broad

West Broad, established in the late 18th century and located west of downtown along Broad Street and Hawthorne Avenue, holds historical importance as one of Athens’ original settlements. The neighborhood features landmarks like the West Broad Farmers Market and the West Broad School.

However, West Broad contends with a crime rate exceeding the national average by 59%. The violent crime rate is 150% higher than the national average, and crimes transpire around every 29 minutes. With a population density of about 2,000 people per square mile, the likelihood of experiencing crime in West Broad might be as high as 1 in 23.

Newtown

West of downtown along Prince Avenue and Oglethorpe Avenue, Newtown was established in the late 19th century as housing for African American railroad and industry workers. The neighborhood encompasses churches, schools, businesses, and community centers.

However, Newtown experiences a crime rate surpassing the national average by 50%. Violent crime is 127% higher than the national average, and crimes occur about every 31 minutes. With a population density of around 1,000 individuals per square mile, the likelihood of encountering crime in Newtown might be as high as 1 in 25.


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terryseagles .
terryseagles .
Nov 03, 2023

I’m not big on profanity but this is bullshit! So do this reflect the East Athens Police Department or The Rockspring Police Department in any way. I see a lot of people of different races seem to be enjoying their morNing and evening walks! I live in the heart of East Side and Love it, and have the best neighbors.I walk before daybreak and after dark…

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Hopefully, the Firefly Trail will connect Winterville to this important culture and heritage. WOW! What an opportunity.

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BS Detector
BS Detector
Aug 22, 2023
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East Athens population will mostly not use that section of Firefly trail when it is finished connecting to Winterville and that section will probably never be used much. Location location, location. Firefly trail will NOT run thru the other 4 sections listed in article. LOL, don't think your comment was meant to be serious anyway.

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shirebourne
shirebourne
Aug 21, 2023

Pat, I can solve this puzzle in one word.

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Patrick Cline
Patrick Cline
Aug 22, 2023
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If you will look past race and not blame current outcomes completely on the past, you will notice the word "worker". Workers have jobs. There are limited jobs for what some of these areas were created. Causal? Likely not and plenty of opposite outcomes in other communities yet it still might hold a key. I doubt there is high crime around the Caterpillar plant

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No. No, no. It is a matter of opinion.

What you call crime, is home to the folks who live here. Get real.

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emccorkle
emccorkle
Aug 28, 2023
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This is a very sad and scary statement!

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Paul Bunce
Paul Bunce
Aug 21, 2023

Does anyone notice any similarities in these communities?

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This is why I wait for it to come out on Reddit. At least there it’s not full of fully transparent racists. The way they ask “see anything in common?” or “I can solve this in one word” makes me wonder how anyone CAN’T see it.

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