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: Real Estate
This neighborhood has wide open spaces, few people, and lots of space to stretch out. If you like locations that fit that description, you may like this neighborhood. Based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis, with only 4.74 people per square mile living here, this neighborhood is less crowded than 98.4% of America. Do you like a coastal setting? If so, this neighborhood may be to your liking.
The Girdwood neighborhood is on the ocean, a bay, or inlet.
Often such coastal places have amenities and recreational activities on the waterfront
that are attractive to residents and visitors alike.
In addition to being coastal, Girdwood is a very nautical neighborhood,
meaning that it is somewhat historic, walkable, densely populated and
on the water. This gives the neighborhood a very nautical feel,
with some seaside and shipping feel, which some may really enjoy the sights
and sounds of.
In addition, despite all of the residential real estate here in the Girdwood neighborhood, NeighborhoodScout has discovered that much of it is vacant. In resort or second-home vacation areas, this naturally occurs because homes and apartments are seasonally occupied, and empty for a portion of the year. In non-vacation or resort areas, however, this can be an indicator of property abandonment or a weak real estate market. The vacancy rate here is 34.0%, which is higher than 95.7% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: People
In a nation where 1 out of every 4 children lives in poverty, the
Girdwood neighborhood stands out as being ranked among
the lowest 0.1% of neighborhoods affected by this global
In addition, if you're planning where to retire, the Girdwood neighborhood in
Anchorage is a great option to consider. According to NeighborhoodScout's
exclusive retirement dream area analysis, it's peaceful and quiet, has
above average safety ratings compared to other neighborhoods in AK,
offers a wide range of housing options, and has already attracted an
enviable mix of college educated seniors. This neighborhood ranks as better
for retirement living than 86.2% of the neighborhoods
in Alaska. If you are considering retiring to Alaska, this
is a good neighborhood to look at.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the Girdwood neighborhood has more
Swiss and Welsh ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 3.9% of
this neighborhood's residents have Swiss ancestry and 3.7% have Welsh ancestry.
Girdwood is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 3.1% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak German at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 99.2% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
With 2.8% of employed workers living in the
Girdwood neighborhood active in the military, this neighborhood has
the distinction of having a higher proportion of people in the military
than 98.0% of American neighborhoods. This is a major
shaper of the neighborhood's culture and character.
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.
In the Girdwood neighborhood, a greater proportion of
the residents living here today did not live here five years ago than is
found in 97.0% of U.S. Neighborhoods. This neighborhood,
more than almost any other in America, has new residents from other areas.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
In the Girdwood neighborhood, walking to work is a real
option for many. In fact, NeighborhoodScout's exclusive research reveals
walking to and from work is the chosen way to commute for 16.7%
of residents here. This is a higher proportion of walking commuters than
we found in 97.0% of American neighborhoods. Get ready
to put on your walking shoes if you move here!