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
In a nation where 1 out of every 4 children lives in poverty, the
Forest Lake Dr / 15th St E neighborhood stands out as being ranked among
the lowest 0.1% of neighborhoods affected by this global
In addition, neighborhoodScout's analysis shows that the Forest Lake Dr / 15th St E
neighborhood has a greater concentration of residents currently enrolled
in college than 98.1% of the neighborhoods in the U.S. With
26.9% of the population here attending college, this is very
much a college-focused neighborhood.
Also, one of the really interesting characteristics about the
Forest Lake Dr / 15th St E neighborhood is that, according to NeighborhoodScout's
exclusive research, it is an excellent choice in which to reside for
college students. Due to its popularity among college students who
already choose to live here, its walkability, and its above average
safety from crime, the neighborhood is ideal for prospective or
already-enrolled college students. Between semesters and during
school breaks, you'll notice that the excitement here fluctuates with
the college seasons. Despite the excitement however, parents of college-age
children can rest easy knowing that this
neighborhood has an above average safety rating. For each of these
reasons, the neighborhood is rated among the
top 4.2% of college-friendly places to live in
the state of Alabama.
Notable & Unique: Migration / Stability
Do you like to be surrounded by people from all over the country or world,
with different perspectives and life experiences? Or do you instead prefer
to be in a neighborhood where most residents have lived there for a long
time, creating a sense of cohesiveness? NeighborhoodScout's analysis
reveals that this neighborhood stands out among American neighborhoods
for the uniqueness of the mobility of its residents.
In the Forest Lake Dr / 15th St E neighborhood, a greater proportion of
the residents living here today did not live here five years ago than is
found in 98.1% of U.S. Neighborhoods. This neighborhood,
more than almost any other in America, has new residents from other areas.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the Forest Lake Dr / 15th St E neighborhood has more
Lebanese ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 1.1% of
this neighborhood's residents have Lebanese ancestry.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
While most Americans do drive to work alone each day, the
Forest Lake Dr / 15th St E neighborhood stands out by having 93.5% of commuters
doing so, which is a higher proportion of people driving alone to work
than NeighborhoodScout found in 95.2% of all American
Notable & Unique: Length of Commute
Regardless of the means by which residents commute, this neighborhood has
a length of commute that is notable.
Residents of the Forest Lake Dr / 15th St E neighborhood have the pleasure
of having one of the shortest commutes to work of any neighborhood in
America. 59.8% of the residents have a commute time from
home to work (one way) of less than fifteen minutes. This is a higher
proportion of residents enjoying a short trip to work than NeighborhoodScout
found in 95.2% of U.S. neighborhoods. Less time commuting
means more time for other things in life.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
In addition, despite all of the residential real estate here in the Forest Lake Dr / 15th St E 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 60.8%, which is higher than 99.3% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Furthermore, homes built from 2000 through today make up a higher proportion of the Forest Lake Dr / 15th St E neighborhood's real estate landscape than 97.6% of the neighborhoods in America. When you are driving around this neighborhood, you'll notice right away that it is one of the newest built of any, with the smell of fresh paint, and the look of young landscaping nearly everywhere you look. In fact, 62.5% of the residential real estate here is classified as newer.
Also of note, one of the really unique and interesting things about the look and setting of the Forest Lake Dr / 15th St E neighborhood is that it is almost entirely dominated by large apartment buildings, such as apartment complexes or high-rise apartments. 69.3% 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 95.6% of all neighborhoods in America.