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Old 07-29-2010, 03:45 PM
 
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Which areas in Hagerstown are safe? I'm a twenty something single East Indian female; would I have to face racism there? I like the Woodbridge-Brandywine apartments, has anyone lived there? What about the Hyde Park apartments? What areas would you recommend? Any comments will be appreciated.
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:25 PM
 
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:42 PM
 
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Which areas in Hagerstown are safe? I'm a twenty something single East Indian female; would I have to face racism there? I like the Woodbridge-Brandywine apartments, has anyone lived there? What about the Hyde Park apartments? What areas would you recommend? Any comments will be appreciated.
Please by all means take a look at this link for some more info on the apartments you are interested in Hagerstown. Safety is a relative term; I suppose it is possible to be the victim of a crime anywhere in the U.S. but Hagerstown in general is a very safe place. Some people may say that there are some questionable areas downtown but I can't say I have ever felt unsafe anywhere in Hagerstown. It's no Baltimore that's for sure. Property crime is always a possibility but Hagerstown is the type of place where if you accidentally left your car unlocked for a night chances are all of your stuff would be there in the morning.

Racism is also a relative term. Many people on this forum think that if they got bad service at McDonald's or an exchange with a rude driver of someone who is of another race than themselves, racism automatically is the culprit. You cannot control prejudice because those are someone's private thoughts. However, discrimination is an action against somebody based on race. In Hagerstown, people are seemingly too outwardly friendly toward strangers or too busy minding their own business to actively discriminate against people.

Hagerstown isn't the most diverse place in the world. It is mostly white (like 90%) with a small (but visible) black minority and a trace Asian population. The Hispanic population is growing but is not concentrated in any distinct enclave. Maybe the large white population doesn't perceive any imminent threat of some minority takeover so there is no need to be outwardly hostile toward anyone. I see a pretty good deal of interracial relationships so it seems to be very well accepted. I'm sure you could go to some outlying areas of Washington County and find some not so enlightened populations but Hagerstown has more of a social atmosphere of a college town like a Winchester or Charlottesville, VA (just without the college). I'm not sure what areas to recommend in Hagerstown; is there anything in a living situation that you are looking for in particular? If there is no expectation that Hagerstown is supposed to be like Northern Virginia or Montgomery County then you should be fine.
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Old 07-30-2010, 07:55 PM
 
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Please by all means take a look at this link for some more info on the apartments you are interested in Hagerstown. Safety is a relative term; I suppose it is possible to be the victim of a crime anywhere in the U.S. but Hagerstown in general is a very safe place. Some people may say that there are some questionable areas downtown but I can't say I have ever felt unsafe anywhere in Hagerstown. It's no Baltimore that's for sure. Property crime is always a possibility but Hagerstown is the type of place where if you accidentally left your car unlocked for a night chances are all of your stuff would be there in the morning.

Racism is also a relative term. Many people on this forum think that if they got bad service at McDonald's or an exchange with a rude driver of someone who is of another race than themselves, racism automatically is the culprit. You cannot control prejudice because those are someone's private thoughts. However, discrimination is an action against somebody based on race. In Hagerstown, people are seemingly too outwardly friendly toward strangers or too busy minding their own business to actively discriminate against people.

Hagerstown isn't the most diverse place in the world. It is mostly white (like 90%) with a small (but visible) black minority and a trace Asian population. The Hispanic population is growing but is not concentrated in any distinct enclave. Maybe the large white population doesn't perceive any imminent threat of some minority takeover so there is no need to be outwardly hostile toward anyone. I see a pretty good deal of interracial relationships so it seems to be very well accepted. I'm sure you could go to some outlying areas of Washington County and find some not so enlightened populations but Hagerstown has more of a social atmosphere of a college town like a Winchester or Charlottesville, VA (just without the college). I'm not sure what areas to recommend in Hagerstown; is there anything in a living situation that you are looking for in particular? If there is no expectation that Hagerstown is supposed to be like Northern Virginia or Montgomery County then you should be fine.

Thanks for the reply. As for what I'm looking for, my ideal apartment would be in a safe area, allow pets, and be in a quiet place. I'm looking at 2 apartments in Hagerstown on Monday, hopefully I'll like it.
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