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 Birmingham,
the 20th St S / Montgomery Hwy neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: People
One of the most interesting things about the 20th St S / Montgomery Hwy
neighborhood is that it has a greater concentration of residents who live
alone than most all neighborhoods in America. With 78.3% of the
households here made up of people living alone, NeighborhoodScout's research
reveals that this is a larger proportion of people living alone than in
99.9% of the neighborhoods in America.
In addition, in a nation where 1 out of every 4 children lives in poverty, the
20th St S / Montgomery Hwy neighborhood stands out as being ranked among
the lowest 0.1% of neighborhoods affected by this global
Also, the 20th St S / Montgomery Hwy neighborhood stands out within Alabama
for its college student friendly environment. NeighborhoodScout's analysis
reveals that this neighborhood is home to a number of college students,
is relatively walkable, and above average in safety. In combination, this
makes it stand out for a good place for college students to consider.
Because a number of college students live here, this neighborhood may
be close to a college campus and offer certain amenities nearby geared
towards the student body. While it's not an environment for everyone,
ambitious scholars can enjoy seasonal excitement between semesters and
school breaks, and parents can rest easy knowing that the area has an
above average safety rating. For each of these reasons, the
neighborhood is rated among the top 6%
of college-friendly places to live in AL.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the 20th St S / Montgomery Hwy neighborhood has more
Scottish and British ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 8.4% of
this neighborhood's residents have Scottish ancestry and 3.5% have British ancestry.
20th St S / Montgomery Hwy is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 5.5% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak Hindi, which is the official language of India at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 99.5% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
In the 20th St S / Montgomery Hwy 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 22.3%
of residents here. This is a higher proportion of walking commuters than
we found in 98.0% of American neighborhoods. Get ready
to put on your walking shoes if you move here!
Notable & Unique: Migration / Stability
Some neighborhoods have more internal cohesiveness than others. While other
neighborhoods feel like a collection of strangers who just happen to live
near each other. Sometimes this comes down to not only the personalities
of the people in a place, but how long people have been together in that
neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research has revealed some interesting
things about the rootedness of people in the 20th St S / Montgomery Hwy
In the 20th St S / Montgomery Hwy neighborhood, a greater proportion of
the residents living here today did not live here five years ago than is
found in 95.4% of U.S. Neighborhoods. This neighborhood,
more than almost any other in America, has new residents from other areas.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
In addition, the 20th St S / Montgomery Hwy 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 87.9% 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.
Furthermore, one of the really unique and interesting things about the look and setting of the 20th St S / Montgomery Hwy neighborhood is that it is almost entirely dominated by large apartment buildings, such as apartment complexes or high-rise apartments. 73.7% 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 96.4% of all neighborhoods in America.
Also of note, 83.4% of the real estate in the 20th St S / Montgomery Hwy neighborhood is occupied by renters, which is nearly the highest rate of renter occupancy of any neighborhood in America.