Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice
is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one
might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether
shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Santa Fe,
the Cerrillos Rd / New Mexico Penitentiary Sr neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
While most Americans do drive to work alone each day, the
Cerrillos Rd / New Mexico Penitentiary Sr neighborhood stands out by having 100.0% of commuters
doing so, which is a higher proportion of people driving alone to work
than NeighborhoodScout found in 99.9% of all American
Notable & Unique: People
Of note is NeighborhoodScout's research finding that the
Cerrillos Rd / New Mexico Penitentiary Sr neighborhood has some of the lowest rates of children
living in poverty of any neighborhood in the United States. In a nation
where approximately 1 in 4 children are living in poverty, the
Cerrillos Rd / New Mexico Penitentiary Sr community truly stands out from the rest in this regard.
In addition, an interesting characteristic about the Cerrillos Rd / New Mexico Penitentiary Sr neighborhood
is that there are more incarcerated people living here than 99.8%
of neighborhoods in the U.S. The United States has the highest rate of
incarceration in the world, currently with 1 out of every 100 adults in the
country are incarcerated as a punishment for crimes committed. The extremely
high incarceration rate of this neighborhood could mean that a prison, juvenile
detention facility or other correctional facility occupies a large proportion
of the neighborhood, or contains a large portion of the neighborhood's population.
Also, the Cerrillos Rd / New Mexico Penitentiary Sr neighborhood is unique for having just
0.7% of adults here having earned a bachelor's degree.
This is a lower rate of college graduates than NeighborhoodScout found
in 98.9% of America's neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
From major sales accounts to fast-food workers, sales and service employees
are often the backbone of the local economy. In the Cerrillos Rd / New Mexico Penitentiary Sr
neighborhood, they truly stand out. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis
identifies this neighborhood as having a higher percentage of sales and
service workers than 99.9% of all American neighborhoods.
Furthermore, the government often provides some of the more stable jobs in the economy.
From local, to state, to federal government workers, the government can
also be a major employer. What NeighborhoodScout's analysis revealed, is
that the Cerrillos Rd / New Mexico Penitentiary Sr neighborhood in particular stands out
when compared nationally for the proportion of its working residents who
are employed by the government. At 19.0% of its workforce, this
neighborhood has a greater concentration of government workers than
98.6% of U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Significantly, 1.6% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak Native American languages at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 99.0% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Length of Commute
Whether walking, biking, riding, or driving, the length of one's commute
is an important factor for one's quality of life. The Cerrillos Rd / New Mexico Penitentiary Sr
neighborhood stands out for its commute length, according to NeighborhoodScout's
Residents of the Cerrillos Rd / New Mexico Penitentiary Sr neighborhood have the pleasure
of having one of the shortest commutes to work of any neighborhood in
America. 71.4% of the residents have a commute time from
home to work (one way) of less than fifteen minutes. This is a higher
proportion of residents enjoying a short trip to work than NeighborhoodScout
found in 98.4% of U.S. neighborhoods. Less time commuting
means more time for other things in life.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
In addition, 97.5% of the real estate in the Cerrillos Rd / New Mexico Penitentiary Sr neighborhood is occupied by renters, which is nearly the highest rate of renter occupancy of any neighborhood in America. With a real estate vacancy rate of only 0.0%, the Cerrillos Rd / New Mexico Penitentiary Sr neighborhood has a lower vacancy rate than 100.0% of U.S. neighborhoods, a very elite group. Such a low vacancy rate may indicate very strong real estate demand in the neighborhood combined with some impediments to increasing supply, such as zoning or existing density of development, among other potential reasons.
Furthermore, most neighborhoods have a mixture of ages of homes in them, from new to old, but this neighborhood stands out due to its concentration of residential real estate built in one time frame: from 1940 through 1969, generally considered older, well-established homes. This was a busy time in America for home construction. After the end of World War II, as GIs came home, bought newly built homes on the edges of cities with the help of the GI Bill, and began their families. This housing era generally coincides with the 'Baby Boom' generation (1945 - 1964), and many baby boomers grew up in homes built in this era. But what is so interesting about the Cerrillos Rd / New Mexico Penitentiary Sr neighborhood, is that an incredible 85.4% of the homes here were built in this era. So when you walk its streets or drive through, this neighborhood has a look and feel that harkens to that era in American life, a very important slice of Americana.