The following neighborhoods are all within a 2-3 mile radius of Middle Ground Rd:
Deer Park Commons
Red Bud Run
The Point @ City Center
Port Warwick.... and many more I'm sure!
In terms of which are safer: I would definitely check the local crime stats and I also strongly agree with Anne---Visiting neighborhoods at different times of the day can be invaluable! Good luck with the property hunt!
This is your listing, or you're the homeowner trying to make 100K profit. You should have sold in 2005.
Newport News has some great neighborhoods close to Middle Ground, which is in the Oyster Point business park in Midtown NNews. It depends on your budget, but here si the link to crime statistics for the city by section.