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Old 04-18-2017, 01:02 PM
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We are thinking of buying a house in Newark ,just off Spruce St ,and in Lincoln elementary school district.I have read a few previous posts on the crime in Newark .Please suggest if things have improved over the years in Newark. Which are the excellent,good,avg, bad areas of Newark for a newbie like me?

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Old 04-18-2017, 01:14 PM
Location: Newark, CA
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If you've already used the search feature here and found previous threads on Newark, you've probably read a lot of my posts regarding crime and quality of life there.

It really depends on where you'd be living off of Spruce St. The neighborhood north of Thornton (between Thornton and Jarvis) is nice and most homes are well-kept, but the neighborhood south of Thornton is somewhat rundown and has many shady characters out and about.

There are plenty of decent neighborhoods in Newark, but plenty of sketchy ones as well. If your budget can afford it, I always recommend Rosemont or the Lake Area as the best neighborhoods to live. They are by far the nicest.

As far as overall crime goes, I think it actually seems to be much quieter these days. There was a homicide a couple weeks ago, but it wasn't random and it was the first time that has happened in quite awhile. Random violent crime is very rare. I don't feel unsafe anywhere in Newark, but there definitely is an element of "sketchiness" among some of the residents in town (a lot of transients that you'll quickly learn to recognize, wanna-be gangsters, etc.). I've lived in Newark since 2009 and have never personally been a victim of crime and I've explored pretty much every neighborhood in town.

Newark schools aren't really highly-rated as far as API scores go, which is why Fremont home values in equivalent neighborhoods tend to be higher. My son actually attends the lowest-rated (by API score) elementary school in the district and overall I've actually been satisfied with his teachers and education up to this point. He's only in Kindergarten though.

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Old 04-18-2017, 05:41 PM
Location: Newark, CA
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My post above is too old to edit now, but I'll also add a couple of things. I've been impressed with Newark city services. The streets are kept in good condition throughout most of the city. You can usually tell pretty quickly when you've crossed from Fremont into Newark, even despite the lack of "Newark City Limit" signs in most places. Fremont doesn't keep its streets paved as well in most areas. It might seem petty but I've also noticed that Newark traffic signals seem to be more efficient at keeping traffic flowing than Fremont's signals do.

I've also always been impressed with how quickly graffiti gets cleaned up. It usually doesn't last past a couple of days. I've also had to contact the city for burnt out street lights in my neighborhood and they've always been taken care of quickly. A couple weeks ago when we had a major wind storm, the city had crews out all over the place the next day. Within a few days, pretty much all of the fallen city trees and debris had been cleaned up.

Little things like that actually do affect quality of life more than you realize sometimes.
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