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 Chicago,
the S Ashland Ave / W 21st St neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
Would you like to be able to ride your bike to work? If you are attracted
to the idea of getting a little exercise of the two-wheeled type while
reducing your carbon footprint, bicycling to work might be the answer.
But which neighborhood you live in can make this either impossible, or
alternatively, a great and realistic option. NeighborhoodScout's analysis
revealed that the S Ashland Ave / W 21st St neighborhood is a fantastic
option for bicycle commuters, as 15.5% of commuters here do ride
their bikes to and from work on a daily basis. This is a higher amount
than we found in 99.8% of the neighborhoods in America.
Also, more people ride the bus in this neighborhood each day to get to work
than 98.2% of U.S. neighborhoods.
Finally, in the S Ashland Ave / W 21st St neighborhood, 21.6% of people
ride the train to work each day. This is a very high percentage compared
to most places. In fact, NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals that this
is a higher level of train ridership than in 96.6% of the
neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
If you like crowded places, then you will probably enjoy the S Ashland Ave / W 21st St neighborhood. According to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive data analysis, this neighborhood is more densely populated than 96.7% of neighborhoods in the U.S., with 27,383 people per square mile living here. Even if you drive or take transit to your place of employment, many
people enjoy being able to walk in their neighborhood. What many people
don't realize is that most of America's premier vacation locations are
also very walkable. The S Ashland Ave / W 21st St neighborhood is among
the top 5% of American neighborhoods in terms of walkability.
In addition, three-deckers, duplexes, old Victorian homes cut up into apartments. Independent stores on the corner selling pizza. These are some of the hallmarks of neighborhoods with lots of small 2, 3, and 4 unit apartment buildings. The S Ashland Ave / W 21st St neighborhood really stands out in this regard, however, as it is dominated by such small apartment buildings more than nearly any other neighborhood in America. This is a stunning visual and lifestyle example of this type of neighborhood. In fact, 50.2% of the real estate here are small 2, 3, or 4 unit apartment buildings, which is a higher proportion than found in 98.0% of America's neighborhoods.
Furthermore, 84.8% of the real estate in the S Ashland Ave / W 21st St neighborhood is occupied by renters, which is nearly the highest rate of renter occupancy of any neighborhood in America.
Also of note, the S Ashland Ave / W 21st St 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 82.5% 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.
Finally, do you watch 'This Old House' on Public Television? Do you love the idea of fixing up a Colonial or Victorian era home, complete with the charm of yesteryear? Do you like to stroll or drive streets lined with gracious older residences? If you found yourself nodding yes to any of these questions, you are going to be interested in this unique neighborhood. The S Ashland Ave / W 21st St neighborhood stands out on a national scale for the sheer concentration of historic residences it contains: 81.5% of the residential real estate here was built from 1939 or earlier, some much earlier. This is a greater concentration of historic homes than 99.5% of the neighborhoods in the United States.
Notable & Unique: Car Ownership
American households most often have a car, and regularly they have two or
three. But households in the S Ashland Ave / W 21st St neighborhood buck
47.4% of the households in this neighborhood don't own a car at
all. This is more carless households than NeighborhoodScout found in
98.4% of U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the S Ashland Ave / W 21st St neighborhood has more
Mexican ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 70.9% of
this neighborhood's residents have Mexican ancestry.
S Ashland Ave / W 21st St is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 72.9% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak Spanish at home. This is a higher percentage than 97.8% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
There are more people living in the S Ashland Ave / W 21st St neighborhood
employed as sales and service workers (57.6%) than almost any neighborhood
in the country. From fast-food service workers to major sales accounts,
sales and service workers make up the largest proportion of our national
employment picture. But despite that size and importance nationally, this
neighborhood still stands out as unique due to the dominance of people
living here who work in such occupations.
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 S Ashland Ave / W 21st St
In the S Ashland Ave / W 21st St neighborhood, a greater proportion of
the residents living here today did not live here five years ago than is
found in 95.3% of U.S. Neighborhoods. This neighborhood,
more than almost any other in America, has new residents from other areas.
What is also interesting to note, is that the S Ashland Ave / W 21st St
neighborhood has a greater percentage of residents born in another country
(42.6%) than are found in 95.3% of all U.S. neighborhoods.