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 Grand Rapids,
the Division Ave S / Franklin St SE neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: People
Single parenting is hard. But you don't have to tell the
Division Ave S / Franklin St SE neighborhood about it; they already know. 33.3%
of this neighborhood's households are run by single mothers, which is a
higher concentration than NeighborhoodScout found in 99.7%
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.
In addition, the Division Ave S / Franklin St SE neighborhood stands out for having an
average per capita income lower than 98.7% of the neighborhoods
in the United States.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
In the Division Ave S / Franklin St SE neighborhood, carpooling is still a popular
way to get to and from work. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals that
30.3% of commuters carpool here, which is more than in
99.4% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
It used to be that most Americans lived on the farm, or otherwise made their
living from the land, the forests, or the sea. With global trade and an
economy increasingly based on providing services to one another, fewer
people farm, fish or harvest timber now than at any time in American history.
But according to NeighborhoodScout's leading analysis, the
Division Ave S / Franklin St SE neighborhood stands apart from most American neighborhood due
to the proportion of its residents still working in these fields. With 8.4%
of the workforce so employed, this neighborhood has a greater concentration
of such workers than 98.5% of U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the Division Ave S / Franklin St SE neighborhood has more
Sub-Saharan African and Iranian ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 16.7% of
this neighborhood's residents have Sub-Saharan African ancestry and 1.2% have Iranian ancestry.
Division Ave S / Franklin St SE is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 7.2% 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 99.4% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
In addition, three-deckers, duplexes, old Victorian homes cut up into apartments. Independent stores on the corner selling pizza. These are some of the hallmarks of neighborhoods with lots of small 2, 3, and 4 unit apartment buildings. The Division Ave S / Franklin St SE neighborhood really stands out in this regard, however, as it is dominated by such small apartment buildings more than nearly any other neighborhood in America. This is a stunning visual and lifestyle example of this type of neighborhood. In fact, 39.6% of the real estate here are small 2, 3, or 4 unit apartment buildings, which is a higher proportion than found in 96.3% of America's neighborhoods.