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 Bronx,
the Melrose neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: Car Ownership
American households most often have a car, and regularly they have two or
three. But households in the Melrose neighborhood buck
76.9% of the households in this neighborhood don't own a car at
all. This is more carless households than NeighborhoodScout found in
99.8% of U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the Melrose neighborhood has more
Dominican and Puerto Rican ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 18.2% of
this neighborhood's residents have Dominican ancestry and 27.1% have Puerto Rican ancestry.
Melrose is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 3.5% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak African languages at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 98.0% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
Our research revealed that more commuters here take the bus to work
(33.6% ride the bus) than 99.3% 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, in the Melrose neighborhood, 41.4% of people
ride the train to work each day. This is a very high percentage compared
to most places. In fact, NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals that this
is a higher level of train ridership than in 98.3% of the
neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
The Melrose neighborhood is very densely populated compared to most U.S. neighborhoods. In fact, with 50,264 persons per square mile in the neighborhood, it is more packed with people than 98.6% of the nation's neighborhoods.
In addition, one of the really unique and interesting things about the look and setting of the Melrose neighborhood is that it is almost entirely dominated by large apartment buildings, such as apartment complexes or high-rise apartments. 86.0% of the residential real estate here is classified as such. This puts this neighborhood on the map as having a higher proportion of large apartment buildings than 98.1% of all neighborhoods in America.
Furthermore, 89.4% of the real estate in the Melrose neighborhood is occupied by renters, which is nearly the highest rate of renter occupancy of any neighborhood in America.
Also of note, if you like the look and ambience of new homes and newly built neighborhoods, you will love the Melrose neighborhood. A whopping 50.0% of the homes and other residential real estate here were built after 1999, which is a higher proportion of new homes then you will find in 96.3% of the neighborhoods in the U.S. Everything here just feels new.
Finally, the Melrose neighborhood is very unique in that it has one of the highest proportions of one, two, or no bedroom real estate of any neighborhood in America. Most neighborhoods have a mixture of home or apartment sizes from small to large, but here the concentration of studios and other small living spaces is at near-record heights. With 83.4% of the real estate here of this small size, this most assuredly is a notable feature that makes this neighborhood unique, along with just a handful of other neighborhoods in the U.S. that share this characteristic.
Notable & Unique: People
Whether by choice, divorce, or unplanned pregnancy, single moms may have
the toughest job in the book. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals
that the Melrose neighborhood has more single mother
households than 97.5% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.
Often high concentrations of single mother homes can be a strong indicator
of family and social issues such as poverty, high rates of school dropouts,
crime, and other societal problems.
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 Melrose
neighborhood stands out for its commute length, according to NeighborhoodScout's
Long commutes can be brutal. They take time, money, and energy, leaving less
of you for yourself and your family. The residents of the
Melrose neighborhood unfortunately have the distinction of having,
on average, a longer commute than most any neighborhood in America.
8.6% 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 95.9%
of all neighborhoods in America.