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Real Estate Prices & Overview

Northgate West median real estate price is $135,089, which is less expensive than 84.4% of Illinois neighborhoods and 89.8% of all U.S. neighborhoods.

The average rental price in Northgate West is currently $1,328, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. Rents here are currently lower in price than 74.5% of Illinois neighborhoods.

Northgate West is a suburban neighborhood (based on population density) located in Springfield, Illinois.

Northgate West real estate is primarily made up of small (studio to two bedroom) to medium sized (three or four bedroom) single-family homes and apartment complexes/high-rise apartments. Most of the residential real estate is owner occupied. Many of the residences in the Northgate West neighborhood are older, well-established, built between 1940 and 1969. A number of residences were also built before 1940.

Northgate West has a 11.1% vacancy rate, which is well above average compared to other U.S. neighborhoods (higher than 66.1% 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.

Occupations

The government often provides some of the more stable jobs in the economy. From local, to state, to federal government workers, the government can also be a major employer. What NeighborhoodScout's analysis revealed, is that the Northgate West neighborhood in particular stands out when compared nationally for the proportion of its working residents who are employed by the government. At 12.8% of its workforce, this neighborhood has a greater concentration of government workers than 95.2% of U.S. neighborhoods.

Diversity

Did you know that the Northgate West neighborhood has more Scots-Irish and Slovak ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 3.5% of this neighborhood's residents have Scots-Irish ancestry and 1.1% have Slovak ancestry.

Northgate West is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 2.5% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak Vietnamese at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 95.6% of the neighborhoods in America.

The Neighbors

There are two complementary measures for understanding the income of a neighborhood's residents: the average and the extremes. While a neighborhood may be relatively wealthy overall, it is equally important to understand the rate of people - particularly children - who are living at or below the federal poverty line, which is extremely low income. Some neighborhoods with a lower average income may actually have a lower childhood poverty rate than another with a higher average income, and this helps us understand the conditions and character of a neighborhood.

The neighbors in the Northgate West neighborhood in Springfield are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 68.4% of U.S. neighborhoods. With 28.9% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 80.0% 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 Northgate West neighborhood, 35.8% of the working population is employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is executive, management, and professional occupations, with 30.3% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations (17.5%), and 16.4% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.

Languages

The most common language spoken in the Northgate West neighborhood is English, spoken by 95.9% of households. Some people also speak Vietnamese (2.5%).

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Culture is the shared learned behavior of peoples. Undeniably, different ethnicities and ancestries have different cultural traditions, and as a result, neighborhoods with concentrations of residents of one or another ethnicities or ancestries will express those cultures. It is what makes the North End in Boston so fun to visit for the Italian restaurants, bakeries, culture, and charm, and similarly, why people enjoy visiting Chinatown in San Francisco.

In the Northgate West neighborhood in Springfield, IL, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (17.0%). There are also a number of people of Irish ancestry (9.0%), and residents who report Italian roots (5.8%), and some of the residents are also of Asian ancestry (3.5%), along with some Scots-Irish ancestry residents (3.5%), 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 Northgate West neighborhood spend between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (54.9% of working residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.

Here most residents (77.5%) 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 (6.2%) . 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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