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Real Estate Prices & Overview

Ashleyville / Brightside median real estate price is $408,170, which is less expensive than 79.9% of Massachusetts neighborhoods and 44.7% of all U.S. neighborhoods.

The average rental price in Ashleyville / Brightside is currently $1,539, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. Rents here are currently lower in price than 96.2% of Massachusetts neighborhoods.

Ashleyville / Brightside is a suburban neighborhood (based on population density) located in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Ashleyville / Brightside real estate is primarily made up of small (studio to two bedroom) to medium sized (three or four bedroom) apartment complexes/high-rise apartments and single-family homes. Most of the residential real estate is occupied by a mixture of owners and renters. Many of the residences in the Ashleyville / Brightside neighborhood are established but not old, having been built between 1970 and 1999. A number of residences were also built between 1940 and 1969.

In Ashleyville / Brightside, the current vacancy rate is 1.6%, which is a lower rate of vacancies than 88.8% of all neighborhoods in the U.S. This means that the housing supply in Ashleyville / Brightside is very tight compared to the demand for property here.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

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 West Springfield, the Ashleyville / Brightside neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.

People

One of the most interesting things about the Ashleyville / Brightside neighborhood is that it has a greater concentration of residents who live alone than most all neighborhoods in America. With 54.7% of the households here made up of people living alone, NeighborhoodScout's research reveals that this is a larger proportion of people living alone than in 97.6% of the neighborhoods in America.

Modes of Transportation

While most Americans do drive to work alone each day, the Ashleyville / Brightside neighborhood stands out by having 90.3% of commuters doing so, which is a higher proportion of people driving alone to work than NeighborhoodScout found in 96.8% of all American neighborhoods.

Diversity

Did you know that the Ashleyville / Brightside neighborhood has more French Canadian and Arab ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 7.5% of this neighborhood's residents have French Canadian ancestry and 4.8% have Arab ancestry.

Ashleyville / Brightside is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 4.4% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak Arabic at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 98.0% of the neighborhoods in America.

The Neighbors

How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.

The neighbors in the Ashleyville / Brightside neighborhood in West Springfield are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 80.8% of U.S. neighborhoods. With 32.4% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 83.4% 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 Ashleyville / Brightside neighborhood, 33.3% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations, with 23.9% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations (22.8%), and 20.0% in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants.

Languages

The languages spoken by people in this neighborhood are diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in the Ashleyville / Brightside neighborhood is English, spoken by 77.1% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish, Polish and Arabic.

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 Ashleyville / Brightside neighborhood in West Springfield, MA, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Irish (16.5%). There are also a number of people of Puerto Rican ancestry (11.8%), and residents who report Italian roots (10.9%), and some of the residents are also of English ancestry (8.7%), along with some French ancestry residents (8.5%), among others. In addition, 10.8% of the residents of this neighborhood were born in another country.

Getting to Work

How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike. The greatest number of commuters in Ashleyville / Brightside neighborhood spend between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (47.4% of working residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.

Here most residents (90.3%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. 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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