Real Estate Prices and Overview
S Damen Ave / W 59th St median real estate prices are $93,688, which is less expensive than 79.9% of Illinois neighborhoods
and 78.9% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Average rental prices in S Damen Ave / W 59th St are currently
$918, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. Rents here are currently lower in price then 46.9% of Illinois neighborhoods.
S Damen Ave / W 59th St is a densely urban neighborhood (based on population
density) located in Chicago, Illinois.
S Damen Ave / W 59th St real estate is primarily made up of medium sized (three or four bedroom) to small (studio to two bedroom) single-family homes and small apartment buildings.
Most of the residential real estate is occupied by a mixture of owners and renters. Many of
the residences in the S Damen Ave / W 59th St neighborhood are relatively historic, built no later than 1939, and in some cases, quite a bit earlier. A number of residences were also built between 1940 and 1969.
S Damen Ave / W 59th St has a 14.4% vacancy rate, which is
well above average compared to other U.S. neighborhoods (higher than
71.7% of American neighborhoods). This could either
signal that there is weak demand for real estate in the neighborhood,
or that much of the housing stock is seasonally occupied,
which can occur in some markets dominated by colleges or vacation homes.
Either way, if you live here year round, you will find many of the homes
or apartments are empty for all or a portion of the year.
Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics
The way a neighborhood looks and feels when you walk or drive around it, from
its setting, its buildings, and its flavor, can make all the difference. This
neighborhood has some really cool things about the way it looks and feels as
revealed by NeighborhoodScout's exclusive research. This might include anything
from the housing stock to the types of households living here to how people
Notable & Unique: Length of Commute
Regardless of the means by which residents commute, this neighborhood has
a length of commute that is notable.
Long commutes can be brutal. They take time, money, and energy, leaving less
of you for yourself and your family. The residents of the
S Damen Ave / W 59th St neighborhood unfortunately have the distinction of having,
on average, a longer commute than most any neighborhood in America.
13.7% of commuters here travel more than one hour just one-way
to work. That is more than two hours per day. This percentage with two-hour +
round-trip commutes is higher than NeighborhoodScout found in 99.0%
of all neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
Our research revealed that more commuters here take the bus to work
(30.3% ride the bus) than 99.0% of all American
neighborhoods. If you like the idea of leaving your car and home and
hopping the bus to work, this might be a good neighborhood for you to
Also, if you like to ride the train to work, this neighborhood may be for you.
NeighborhoodScout's research revealed that 15.6% of the
S Damen Ave / W 59th St neighborhood's commuters ride the train to and from work each
day, which is more than we found in 95.8% of America's
Notable & Unique: People
The S Damen Ave / W 59th St neighborhood is unique for having just
3.9% of adults here having earned a bachelor's degree.
This is a lower rate of college graduates than NeighborhoodScout found
in 96.8% of America's neighborhoods.
In addition, of note, 63.1% of the children in this area
live in poverty; an extraordinarily high percentage compared to other
neighborhoods in the nation. In a nation where approximately one in
four children grows up in poverty, this neighborhood stands out for
the depth of the problem manifested here.
Also, single parenting is hard. But you don't have to tell the
S Damen Ave / W 59th St neighborhood about it; they already know. 17.8%
of this neighborhood's households are run by single mothers, which is a
higher concentration than NeighborhoodScout found in 95.4%
of American neighborhoods. Further NeighborhoodScout research showed strong
statistical correlations among high rates of children living in single
parent households, and neighborhood crime, particularly violent crime,
neighborhood poverty, and, importantly, the percentage of low weight births
and rates of infant mortality.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
Being a walkable neighborhood can help increase property values for the simple reason that people enjoy it and value it. To put it plainly, despite our love affair with the automobile, American's enjoy taking to the streets, sidewalks, paths, and courtyards of a place to get a coffee, relax, and take in the sights and sounds. And, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive and first quantitative walkable score index, the S Damen Ave / W 59th St neighborhood is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in America.
In addition, do you watch 'This Old House' on Public Television? Do you love the idea of fixing up a Colonial or Victorian era home, complete with the charm of yesteryear? Do you like to stroll or drive streets lined with gracious older residences? If you found yourself nodding yes to any of these questions, you are going to be interested in this unique neighborhood. The S Damen Ave / W 59th St neighborhood stands out on a national scale for the sheer concentration of historic residences it contains: 72.8% of the residential real estate here was built from 1939 or earlier, some much earlier. This is a greater concentration of historic homes than 98.3% of the neighborhoods in the United States.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
There are more people living in the S Damen Ave / W 59th St neighborhood
employed as sales and service workers (57.5%) than almost any neighborhood
in the country. From fast-food service workers to major sales accounts,
sales and service workers make up the largest proportion of our national
employment picture. But despite that size and importance nationally, this
neighborhood still stands out as unique due to the dominance of people
living here who work in such occupations.
The Neighbors: Income
How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low
income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a
neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children,
who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities,
the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty,
which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals
both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.
The neighbors in the S Damen Ave / W 59th St neighborhood in Chicago are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 84.5% of U.S. neighborhoods.
With 63.1% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 96.3%
of U.S. neighborhoods.
The Neighbors: Occupations
The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you
are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have
shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations
shape the culture of a place.
In the S Damen Ave / W 59th St neighborhood, 42.5%
of the working population is employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is
manufacturing and laborer occupations, with 32.7% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations
(13.8%), and 10.9% in executive, management, and professional occupations.
The Neighbors: Ethnicity / Ancestry
Culture is shared learned behavior. We learn it from our parents, their parents,
our houses of worship, and much of our culture – our learned behavior - comes
from our ancestors. That is why ancestry and ethnicity can be so interesting
and important to understand: places with concentrations of people of one or
more ancestries often express those shared learned behaviors and this gives
each neighborhood its own culture. Even different neighborhoods in the same
city can have drastically different cultures.
In the S Damen Ave / W 59th St neighborhood in Chicago, IL, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Mexican
The Neighbors: Languages
The most common language spoken in the S Damen Ave / W 59th St
neighborhood is English, spoken by 92.5% of households. Some people also speak Spanish (7.1%).
Getting to Work
Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your
place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in
just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a
long and arduous commute.
The greatest number of commuters in S Damen Ave / W 59th St neighborhood spend
between 45 minutes and one hour commuting one-way to work (38.6% of working
residents), longer and tougher than most commutes in America.
Here most residents (43.8%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work.
In addition, quite a number also ride the bus to get to work (30.3%) and 15.6% of residents also take the train for their daily commute. In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning
a car useful for getting to work.