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 Blackstone Ave / Midway Plaisance neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the S Blackstone Ave / Midway Plaisance neighborhood has more
British and Croatian ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 8.8% of
this neighborhood's residents have British ancestry and 1.2% have Croatian ancestry.
S Blackstone Ave / Midway Plaisance is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 5.2% 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 99.7% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: People
Do you like to read, write, and learn? Are you curious about the world? If
so, this neighborhood may be a good fit for you. NeighborhoodScout's research
revealed that a full 91.4% of the adults living in the
S Blackstone Ave / Midway Plaisance neighborhood have earned at least a bachelor's
degree. This is a higher rate than NeighborhoodScout found in 99.9%
of U.S. neighborhoods. In this way, this neighborhood truly stands out.
In addition, of note is NeighborhoodScout's research finding that the
S Blackstone Ave / Midway Plaisance neighborhood has some of the lowest rates of children
living in poverty of any neighborhood in the United States. In a nation
where approximately 1 in 4 children are living in poverty, the
S Blackstone Ave / Midway Plaisance community truly stands out from the rest in this regard.
Also, a majority of the adults in the S Blackstone Ave / Midway Plaisance neighborhood
are wealthy and educated executives. They own stately
homes that tend to maintain high real estate appreciation rates. Their
upper-level careers keep them busy, but allow them to live comfortably.
If you're an executive and want to keep similar company, consider settling
in this neighborhood, rated as an executive lifestyle
"best choice" neighborhood for Illinois by NeighborhoodScout's analysis,
which rated it as better for executive lifestyles than 98.1%
of the neighborhoods in Illinois.
In addition to being an excellent choice for highly educated executives, this
neighborhood is also a very good choice for college students and urban sophisticates.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
The S Blackstone Ave / Midway Plaisance neighborhood has a higher proportion of
its residents employed as executives, managers and professionals than
99.7% of the neighborhoods in American. In fact, 79.8%
of the employed people here make a living as an executive, a manager, or
other professional. With such a high concentration, this truly shapes
the character of this neighborhood, and to a large degree defines what
this neighborhood is about.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
In the S Blackstone Ave / Midway Plaisance 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 55.3%
of residents here. This is a higher proportion of walking commuters than
we found in 99.7% of American neighborhoods. Get ready
to put on your walking shoes if you move here!
Also, 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 Blackstone Ave / Midway Plaisance neighborhood is a fantastic
option for bicycle commuters, as 3.8% of commuters here do ride
their bikes to and from work on a daily basis. This is a higher amount
than we found in 96.1% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
Being a walkable neighborhood can help increase property values for the simple reason that people enjoy it and value it. To put it plainly, despite our love affair with the automobile, American's enjoy taking to the streets, sidewalks, paths, and courtyards of a place to get a coffee, relax, and take in the sights and sounds. And, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive and first quantitative walkable score index, the S Blackstone Ave / Midway Plaisance neighborhood is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in America.
In addition, the real estate in the S Blackstone Ave / Midway Plaisance neighborhood really stands out in the way it looks for a unique reason: this neighborhood has a higher proportion of apartment complexes or high-rise apartments than nearly every neighborhood in the country. Most neighborhoods are a mixture of real estate and housing types, but here it is almost entirely dominated by big apartment buildings and complexes. In fact, 70.5% of the real estate here is classified as apartment complexes or high-rise apartments, which is more than is found in 95.8% of American neighborhoods.
Furthermore, 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 Blackstone Ave / Midway Plaisance neighborhood stands out on a national scale for the sheer concentration of historic residences it contains: 70.0% of the residential real estate here was built from 1939 or earlier, some much earlier. This is a greater concentration of historic homes than 97.9% of the neighborhoods in the United States.
Notable & Unique: Car Ownership
We Americans love our cars. Not only are they a necessity for most Americans
due to the shape of our neighborhoods and the distances between where we
live, work, shop, and go to school, but we also fancy them. As a result,
most households in America have one, two, or three cars. But NeighborhoodScout's
exclusive analysis shows that the S Blackstone Ave / Midway Plaisance neighborhood has
a highly unusual pattern of car ownership.
23.0% of the households in this neighborhood don't own a car at
all. This is more carless households than NeighborhoodScout found in
95.4% of U.S. neighborhoods.