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 Boston,
the Columbus Ave / Massachusetts Ave neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
The Columbus Ave / Massachusetts Ave neighborhood is very densely populated compared to most U.S. neighborhoods. In fact, with 49,378 persons per square mile in the neighborhood, it is more packed with people than 98.6% of the nation's neighborhoods. 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 Columbus Ave / Massachusetts Ave neighborhood is among
the top 5% of American neighborhoods in terms of walkability.
In addition, the Columbus Ave / Massachusetts Ave 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 86.5% 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.
Furthermore, one of the really unique and interesting things about the look and setting of the Columbus Ave / Massachusetts Ave neighborhood is that it is almost entirely dominated by large apartment buildings, such as apartment complexes or high-rise apartments. 75.5% 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 96.6% of all neighborhoods in America.
Also of note, if you find historic homes and neighborhoods attractive, you love the details, the history, and the charm, then you are sure to be interested in this neighborhood. With 78.8% of the residential real estate in the Columbus Ave / Massachusetts Ave neighborhood built no later than 1939, and some built considerably earlier, this neighborhood has a greater concentration of historic residences than 99.2% of all neighborhoods in America. In this regard, this neighborhood truly stands out as special.
Notable & Unique: People
If knowledge is power, then imagine the cumulative power of one neighborhood
where many of the adults have earned an advanced degree, such as a Masters,
law degree, medical degree, or even a Ph.D. This is certainly the case in
the Columbus Ave / Massachusetts Ave neighborhood, where 41.5% have
earned an advanced degree. Compare that to the average neighborhood in
America, where just 8.4% of adults have completed a post-graduate degree,
and you can see why this neighborhood is a stand out. In fact, this neighborhood
has a higher rate of adults with an advanced degree than 98.6%
of the neighborhoods in America.
In addition, 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: 50.5%. This
is a higher percent living alone than we found in 97.2% 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.
Also, think about the people you know personally. How many of them would
purchase box seats to opening night at the symphony? How many of them
regularly attend gallery openings, or are the first to reserve tickets
to opening night at the ballet? If they're like most of us, they don't
do any of these things. But if you're among an exclusive crowd of wealthy
and refined patrons of the arts, then you'll feel right at home in
the Columbus Ave / Massachusetts Ave neighborhood: a neighborhood in which more
"urban sophisticates" live than 96.6% of neighborhoods
across the U.S. Here, your neighbors are defined as having urbane
tastes in literature, music, live theatre and the arts. They are wealthy,
educated, travel in style, and live a big city lifestyle whether or
not they live in or near a big city.
In addition to being an excellent choice for urban sophisticates, this
neighborhood is also a very good choice for young, single professionals and college students.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
In the Columbus Ave / Massachusetts Ave 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 26.3%
of residents here. This is a higher proportion of walking commuters than
we found in 98.4% of American neighborhoods. Get ready
to put on your walking shoes if you move here!
Also, if you like to ride the train to work, this neighborhood may be for you.
NeighborhoodScout's research revealed that 28.3% of the
Columbus Ave / Massachusetts Ave neighborhood's commuters ride the train to and from work each
day, which is more than we found in 97.3% of America's
Finally, more people ride the bus in this neighborhood each day to get to work
than 96.4% of U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the Columbus Ave / Massachusetts Ave neighborhood has more
Belgian and Lithuanian ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 1.0% of
this neighborhood's residents have Belgian ancestry and 1.5% have Lithuanian ancestry.
Columbus Ave / Massachusetts Ave is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 3.9% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak African languages at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 98.1% of the neighborhoods in America.
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 Columbus Ave / Massachusetts Ave neighborhood has
a highly unusual pattern of car ownership.
30.0% of the households in this neighborhood don't own a car at
all. This is more carless households than NeighborhoodScout found in
96.8% of U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
The Columbus Ave / Massachusetts Ave neighborhood has a higher proportion of
its residents employed as executives, managers and professionals than
95.7% of the neighborhoods in American. In fact, 64.3%
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.