Sandtown-Winchester, Baltimore

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neighborhood statistical area
Country United States
State Maryland
City Baltimore
 • Total .522 sq mi (1.35 km2)
 • Land .522 sq mi (1.35 km2)
Population (2009)
 • Total 9,174
 • Density 18,000/sq mi (6,800/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 21217
Area code 410 and 443

Sandtown-Winchester is a neighborhood in the West District of Baltimore, Maryland. Known locally as "Sandtown", the community's name was derived from the trails of sand that dropped from wagons leaving town after filling up at the local sand and gravel quarry back in the days of horse-drawn wagons. It is located North of West Lafayette Street, West of North Fremont Avenue, South of West North Avenue, and East of North Monroe Street, covering an area of 72 square blocks, patrolled by the Baltimore Police Department's Western District.[2]

The community is 98.5% African American[3] and remains one of West Baltimore's most blighted and problematic communities concentrated with Bloods and Crips gang members.[4]


Sandtown is located in a historically African American area of West Baltimore neighboring the once affluent Upton. In the second half of the 20th century, Sandtown experienced economic depression, housing abandonment, crime, and racial rioting.[2]

Famous and infamous residents[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c "Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in Baltimore". Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Sandtown-Winchester". Live in Baltimore. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Nick Madigan (June 11, 2008). "Outrage mingled with fear: Community responds after children, 2 and 3, are shot". The Baltimore Sun. 

Coordinates: 39°18′14″N 76°38′34″W / 39.30389°N 76.64278°W / 39.30389; -76.64278