When you see a neighborhood for the first time, the most important thing
is often the way it looks, like its homes and its setting. Some places look
the same, but they only reveal their true character after living in them for
a while because they contain a unique mix of occupational or cultural groups.
This neighborhood is very unique in some important ways, according to
NeighborhoodScout's exclusive exploration and analysis.
Notable & Unique: People
Single parenting is hard. But you don't have to tell the
Washington Heights neighborhood about it; they already know. 39.9%
of this neighborhood's households are run by single mothers, which is a
higher concentration than NeighborhoodScout found in 99.9%
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.
In addition, one of the unique characteristics of the Washington Heights
neighborhood revealed by analysis is that the per capita income of
residents here is lower than that found in 98.5% of the neighborhoods
Also of note, 81.9% 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, neighborhoodScout's exclusive research revealed that 97.4%
of the adult residents in the Washington Heights neighborhood do
not have a 4-year college degree, which is a lower rate of college graduated
adults than found in 98.1% of the neighborhoods in America.
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 Washington Heights neighborhood have a highly unusual car ownership.
35.8% of the households in this neighborhood don't own a car at
all. This is more carless households than NeighborhoodScout found in
97.5% of U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
In addition, corner bodegas, stores on the first floor and apartments above, former grand Victorian residences converted into apartments, three-deckers built shoulder-to-shoulder, duplexes. Such building types define the real estate of neighborhoods dominated by small 2, 3, and 4 unit apartment buildings. Many are in older core neighborhoods of Eastern and Midwestern cities, or historic town centers in their hinterlands. If you wax romantic about the look and feel of such neighborhoods, with fresh pizza, falafel and an independent florist at the corner, then you might find the Washington Heights neighborhood worth a close look. This neighborhood is an absolutely outstanding example of the dominance of small 2, 3, and 4 unit apartment buildings compared to neighborhoods across the nation, as they make up a substantial portion of this neighborhood's real estate stock. In fact, no less than 47.7% of the real estate here is made up of such dwellings, which is higher than 97.7% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Furthermore, 85.9% of the real estate in the Washington Heights neighborhood is occupied by renters, which is nearly the highest rate of renter occupancy of any neighborhood in America.