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 Southbridge,
the Mechanic St / Main St 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 Mechanic St / Main St neighborhood has more
Puerto Rican and French Canadian ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 45.2% of
this neighborhood's residents have Puerto Rican ancestry and 8.3% have French Canadian ancestry.
Mechanic St / Main St is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 2.6% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak French at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 97.3% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
Our research shows that more people carpool to work here in the
Mechanic St / Main St (28.8%) than in 99.2% of the
neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: People
Single parenting is hard. But you don't have to tell the
Mechanic St / Main St neighborhood about it; they already know. 22.9%
of this neighborhood's households are run by single mothers, which is a
higher concentration than NeighborhoodScout found in 97.8%
of American neighborhoods. Further NeighborhoodScout research showed strong
statistical correlations among high rates of children living in single
parent households, and neighborhood crime, particularly violent crime,
neighborhood poverty, and, importantly, the percentage of low weight births
and rates of infant mortality.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
There are more people living in the Mechanic St / Main St neighborhood
employed as sales and service workers (56.5%) 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: Real Estate
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 Mechanic St / Main 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 62.1% of the real estate here is made up of such dwellings, which is higher than 99.2% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Furthermore, 92.9% of the real estate in the Mechanic St / Main St neighborhood is occupied by renters, which is nearly the highest rate of renter occupancy of any neighborhood 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 73.0% of the residential real estate in the Mechanic St / Main St neighborhood built no later than 1939, and some built considerably earlier, this neighborhood has a greater concentration of historic residences than 98.5% of all neighborhoods in America. In this regard, this neighborhood truly stands out as special.