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Special Emphasis Neighborhood:

Special Emphasis neighborhoods are characterized by higher concentrations of low-to-moderate income households with over 51% of the household earning less than 80% of the area median income. The City of Greenville has thirteen recognized Special Emphasis neighborhoods and has concentrated revitalization efforts in these areas.

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Focusing on Greenville's West Side

The Connections for Sustainability project is focusing comprehensive planning efforts on the western portion of the city of Greenville. The west side of Greenville is home to three special emphasis neighborhoods - Southernside, West Greenville and Payne Logan (also known as West End). The area is also home to one historic district, Hampton Pinckney, as well as The Village of West Greenville.

According to the 2000 Census, this area accounts for approximately 7.4 percent of the total City population. Within this data set, approximately 32 percent of west side residents live below the poverty level and 80 percent of residents are considered a minority (predominately African American). The difference between the west side and citywide demographics is starkly contrasted in household income. Where Greenville's west side residents earn a median household income of just less than $19,000, the remainder of city households earn approximately $40,594. In addition, the 2008 unemployment rate for the west side was 22.6 percent compared with 9.5 percent for the rest of the city.
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