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
Most American households own a car or other vehicle. Many own two cars
or perhaps three. In the United States, it is useful to have an automobile
not only for commuting, but also for shopping and getting to other services
one needs. But NeighborhoodScout's analysis revealed that households in
the Melrose neighborhood have a highly unusual car ownership.
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, renter-occupied real estate is dominant in the Melrose neighborhood. The percentage of rental real estate here, according to exclusive NeighborhoodScout analysis, is 89.4%, which is higher than 96.9% of the neighborhoods in America. If you were to buy and live in the property you bought here, you would be almost alone in doing so.
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
Single parenting is hard. But you don't have to tell the
Melrose neighborhood about it; they already know. 20.8%
of this neighborhood's households are run by single mothers, which is a
higher concentration than NeighborhoodScout found in 97.5%
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: 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
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.