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Real Estate Prices & Overview

Merrick median real estate price is $399,388, which is less expensive than 82.6% of Massachusetts neighborhoods and 42.9% of all U.S. neighborhoods.

The average rental price in Merrick is currently $1,625, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. Rents here are currently lower in price than 94.6% of Massachusetts neighborhoods.

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

Merrick 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 Merrick neighborhood are relatively historic, built no later than 1939, and in some cases, quite a bit earlier. A number of residences were also built between 1970 and 1999.

Real estate vacancies in Merrick are 4.1%, which is lower than one will find in 73.1% of American neighborhoods. Demand for real estate in Merrick is above average for the U.S., and may signal some demand for either price increases or new construction of residential product for this neighborhood.

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 Merrick neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.

Modes of Transportation

If your dream is to be able to ride your bike to work each day, look no further than this unique neighborhood. With 2.9% of residents in the Merrick neighborhood commuting on a bicycle to and from work daily, this neighborhood has more bicycle commuters than 95.5% of all neighborhoods in the U.S., according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis.

Diversity

Did you know that the Merrick neighborhood has more Arab and Ukrainian ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 11.8% of this neighborhood's residents have Arab ancestry and 4.4% have Ukrainian ancestry.

Merrick is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 12.6% 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 99.7% 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 Merrick 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 76.1% of U.S. neighborhoods. In addition, 7.8% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 56.3% of America'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 Merrick neighborhood, 32.7% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is manufacturing and laborer occupations, with 28.7% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations (20.4%), and 15.7% 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 Merrick neighborhood is English, spoken by 59.4% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Arabic, Spanish and Chinese.

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Culture is shared learned behavior. We learn it from our parents, their parents, our houses of worship, and much of our culture – our learned behavior – comes from our ancestors. That is why ancestry and ethnicity can be so interesting and important to understand: places with concentrations of people of one or more ancestries often express those shared learned behaviors and this gives each neighborhood its own culture. Even different neighborhoods in the same city can have drastically different cultures.

In the Merrick neighborhood in West Springfield, MA, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Arab (11.8%). There are also a number of people of Asian ancestry (11.4%), and residents who report Irish roots (11.3%), and some of the residents are also of French ancestry (6.8%), along with some Puerto Rican ancestry residents (6.5%), among others. In addition, 32.4% 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 Merrick neighborhood spend between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (58.5% of working residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.

Here most residents (84.0%) 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 (6.5%) . 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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