Real Estate Prices and Overview
Riverton Heights median real estate prices are $261,644, which is more expensive than 57.1% of the neighborhoods
in Washington and 73.0% of the
neighborhoods in the U.S.
Average rental prices in Riverton Heights are currently
$929, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. Rents here are currently lower in price then 50.8% of Washington neighborhoods.
Riverton Heights is a suburban neighborhood (based on population
density) located in SeaTac, Washington.
Riverton Heights real estate is primarily made up of small (studio to two bedroom) to medium sized (three or four bedroom) apartment complexes/high-rise apartments and single-family homes.
Most of the residential real estate is occupied by a mixture of owners and renters. Many of
the residences in the Riverton Heights neighborhood are older, well-established, built between 1940 and 1969. A number of residences were also built between 1970 and 1999.
Riverton Heights has a 14.7% vacancy rate, which is
well above average compared to other U.S. neighborhoods (higher than
72.8% 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
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 SeaTac,
the Riverton Heights neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the Riverton Heights neighborhood has more
Sub-Saharan African and African ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 14.8% of
this neighborhood's residents have Sub-Saharan African ancestry and 7.5% have African ancestry.
Riverton Heights is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 17.8% 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 99.9% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Migration/Stability
The freedom of moving to new places versus the comfort of home. How much
and how often people move not only can create diverse and worldly neighborhoods,
but simultaneously it can produce a loss of intimacy with one's surroundings
and a lack of connectedness to one's neighbors. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive
research has identified this neighborhood as unique with regard to the
transience of its populace.
What is interesting to note, is that the Riverton Heights
neighborhood has a greater percentage of residents born in another country
(51.7%) than are found in 98.0% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
More people ride the bus in this neighborhood each day to get to work
than 96.1% of U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Car Ownership
We Americans love our cars. Not only are they a necessity for most Americans
due to the shape of our neighborhoods and the distances between where we
live, work, shop, and go to school, but we also fancy them. As a result,
most households in America have one, two, or three cars. But NeighborhoodScout's
exclusive analysis shows that the Riverton Heights neighborhood has
a highly unusual pattern of car ownership.
Residents of this neighborhood must really love automobiles. NeighborhoodScout's
Analysis reveals that 38.4% of the households here have four, five,
or more cars. That is more cars per household than in 95.9% of
the neighborhoods in the nation.
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 Riverton Heights
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
Riverton Heights neighborhood unfortunately have the distinction of having,
on average, a longer commute than most any neighborhood in America.
8.1% 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 95.1%
of all neighborhoods in America.
The Neighbors: Income
There are two complimentary measures for understanding the income of a
neighborhood's residents: the average and the extremes. While a neighborhood
may be relatively wealthy overall, it is equally important to understand
the rate of people - particularly children - who are living at or below the
federal poverty line, which is extremely low income. Some neighborhoods with
a lower average income may actually have a lower childhood poverty rate than
another with a higher average income, and this helps us understand the
conditions and character of a neighborhood.
The neighbors in the Riverton Heights neighborhood in SeaTac are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 62.2% of U.S. neighborhoods.
With 33.0% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 77.0%
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 Riverton Heights neighborhood, 36.4%
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 35.9% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in executive, management, and professional occupations
(13.9%), and 13.5% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.
The Neighbors: Ethnicity / Ancestry
Boston's Beacon Hill blue-blood streets, Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish enclaves,
Los Angeles' Persian neighborhoods. Each has its own culture derived primarily
from the ancestries and culture of the residents who call these neighborhoods
home. Likewise, each neighborhood in America has its own culture – some more
unique than others – based on lifestyle, occupations, the types of households
– and importantly – on the ethnicities and ancestries of the people who live
in the neighborhood. Understanding where people came from, who their grandparents
or great-grandparents were, can help you understand how a neighborhood is today.
In the Riverton Heights neighborhood in SeaTac, WA, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Asian
(21.6%). There are also a number of people of Sub-Saharan African ancestry (14.8%) , and residents who report Mexican roots (14.5%) , and some of the residents are also of African ancestry (7.5%) , along with some French Canadian ancestry residents (2.6%), among others. In addition, 51.7% of the residents of this neighborhood were born in another country.
The Neighbors: Languages
The languages spoken by people in this neighborhood are diverse. These are
tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are
at home with their families.
The most common language spoken in the Riverton Heights
neighborhood is English, spoken by 33.9% of households. Other important languages spoken here include African languages, Spanish, South Asian languages and Hindi (which is the official language of India).
Getting to Work
How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your
day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially
with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and
means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically
located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set
up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike.
The greatest number of commuters in Riverton Heights neighborhood spend
between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (28.1% of working
residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans. However, there is also a significant group of residents (8.1%) who
commute over an hour in each direction.
Here most residents (76.2%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work.
In addition, quite a number also ride the bus to get to work (17.9%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning
a car useful for getting to work.