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Real Estate Prices & Overview

Cook Ave / Orange St median real estate price is $212,870, which is less expensive than 92.9% of Connecticut neighborhoods and 74.6% of all U.S. neighborhoods.

The average rental price in Cook Ave / Orange St is currently $1,567, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. Rents here are currently lower in price than 94.8% of Connecticut neighborhoods.

Cook Ave / Orange St is an urban neighborhood (based on population density) located in Meriden, Connecticut.

Cook Ave / Orange St 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 small apartment buildings. Most of the residential real estate is occupied by a mixture of owners and renters. Many of the residences in the Cook Ave / Orange St neighborhood are established but not old, having been built between 1970 and 1999. A number of residences were also built before 1940.

Cook Ave / Orange St has a 15.4% vacancy rate, which is well above average compared to other U.S. neighborhoods (higher than 78.9% of American neighborhoods). Most vacant housing here is vacant year round. This could either signal that there is a weak demand for real estate in the neighborhood or that large amount of new housing has been built and not yet occupied. Either way, if you live here, you may find many of the homes or apartments are empty.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

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.

People

The types of households in a neighborhood can tell a lot about the character and lifestyle of those living here. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood, above nearly every neighborhood in America, has a greater percentage of its residents living alone: 57.6%. This is a higher percent living alone than we found in 98.4% of all U.S. neighborhoods. Often residents who live alone are new arrivals to an area who are single, and often senior citizens who have lost a spouse.

In addition, the Cook Ave / Orange St neighborhood stands out for having an average per capita income lower than 98.3% of the neighborhoods in the United States. The Cook Ave / Orange St neighborhood also has a greater percentage of children living in poverty (66.5%) than found in 98.0% of all U.S. neighborhoods. Children living in poverty is one of the challenges facing America, and the world, and in this neighborhood in particular, the problem can be considered acute.

Real Estate

90.2% of the real estate in the Cook Ave / Orange St neighborhood is occupied by renters, which is nearly the highest rate of renter occupancy of any neighborhood in America.

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 Cook Ave / Orange St 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 32.2% of the real estate here is made up of such dwellings, which is higher than 95.3% of all U.S. neighborhoods.

Diversity

Did you know that the Cook Ave / Orange St neighborhood has more Puerto Rican and Cuban ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 52.7% of this neighborhood's residents have Puerto Rican ancestry and 3.9% have Cuban ancestry.

The Neighbors

How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.

The neighbors in the Cook Ave / Orange St neighborhood in Meriden are low income, making it among the lowest income neighborhoods in America. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 98.3% of U.S. neighborhoods. With 66.5% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 98.0% of U.S. neighborhoods.

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 Cook Ave / Orange St neighborhood, 36.2% of the working population is employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations, with 30.3% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (18.1%), and 15.4% in executive, management, and professional occupations.

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 Cook Ave / Orange St neighborhood is English, spoken by 57.1% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Culture is shared learned behavior. We learn it from our parents, their parents, our houses of worship, and much of our culture – our learned behavior – comes from our ancestors. That is why ancestry and ethnicity can be so interesting and important to understand: places with concentrations of people of one or more ancestries often express those shared learned behaviors and this gives each neighborhood its own culture. Even different neighborhoods in the same city can have drastically different cultures.

In the Cook Ave / Orange St neighborhood in Meriden, CT, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Puerto Rican (52.7%). There are also a number of people of Irish ancestry (9.6%), and residents who report English roots (9.5%), and some of the residents are also of Italian ancestry (6.5%), along with some Cuban ancestry residents (3.9%), among others.

Getting to Work

Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in Cook Ave / Orange St neighborhood spend between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (53.3% of working residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.

Here most residents (75.8%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (15.9%) and 6.6% of residents also hop out the door and walk to work for their daily commute. In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.


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