East End (Newport News, Virginia) facts for kids

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Coordinates: 37°0′0″N 76°26′11″W / 37°N 76.43639°W / 37; -76.43639 The East End is an area of the independent city of Newport News, Virginia.

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Graffiti in the East End

Located in the older portion of the port city near the harbor of Hampton Roads, the East End is characterized by coal storage and shipping facilities, dock areas for small fishing and sightseeing ships and tugboats, and low income housing. The residential portion includes public housing projects and it is considered an impoverished and crime-ridden neighborhood. Large numbers of homeless people are present in the East End.

Demographics

These statistics are derived from the 2010 United States Census, defining the "East End" as census tracts 301, 303, 304, 305, 306, and 308 in Newport News, Virginia. Please note that there is no exact definition of the boundaries of the "East End" and therefore, the following statistics should be considered approximate.

Ethnicity Claimed East End The rest of Newport News
White Population 5.8% 54.8%
Black Population 90.0% 34.1%
Asian Population 0.3% 3.1%
Multi-Ethnic 2.8% 4.5%
Latino Population 2.3% 8.2%
Age Distribution East End The rest of Newport News
Percent of population over 18 63.0% 77.4%
Percent of population over 65 10.4% 10.7%
Household Type East End The rest of Newport News
Non-Family 37.5% 36.3%
Married Couples with Children 6.5% 17.7%
Single Parents with Children 24.6% 12.6%
Poverty Level East End The rest of Newport News
Percent of population living in poverty 40.1% 14.9%

Shootings

In 2014, the number of homicides in the area almost doubled compared to the previous year, 2013. A local resident stated that it seemed like every time they "picked up a newspaper or turned on the TV" someone had been shot and killed. Another resident stated that the violence was "getting worse". Police stated that they would try to create better community relations to reduce the violence. One woman was killed by a stray bullet while sleeping in her own home.

In spring of 2015, over a 30 days period, just one street experienced four shootings and eight casualties. The Newport News Police Department responded by increasing patrols in the area, describing the area's violence as "spiraling out of control".

Drugs

Use of drugs, especially Crack Cocaine, and Cannabis is common throughout the East End.

Development Plans

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Urban decay is prevalent throughout the East End

In a story published in the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper in July 2008, Aaron Brooks announced there are plans in store for him and some partners to redevelop part of downtown Newport News, a city that shares many of the same social problems that plague New Orleans. As of 2008, the investment will be a mixed-use development between Jefferson and Terminal avenues and 33rd and 29th streets in the economically depressed East End area.

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