Sparta, NC (Piney Creek / Laurel Springs)




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About Sparta, NC (Piney Creek / Laurel Springs)


Real Estate Prices and Overview

Piney Creek / Laurel Springs median real estate price is $157,339, which is more expensive than 56.5% of the neighborhoods in North Carolina and 41.4% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.

The average rental price in Piney Creek / Laurel Springs is currently $1,004, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. Rents here are currently lower in price than 42.4% of North Carolina neighborhoods.

Piney Creek / Laurel Springs is a rural neighborhood (based on population density) located in Sparta, North Carolina.

Piney Creek / Laurel Springs real estate is primarily made up of medium sized (three or four bedroom) to small (studio to two bedroom) single-family homes and mobile homes. Most of the residential real estate is owner occupied. Many of the residences in the Piney Creek / Laurel Springs neighborhood are established but not old, having been built between 1970 and 1999. A number of residences were also built between 1940 and 1969.

Vacant apartments or homes are a major fact of life in Piney Creek / Laurel Springs. The current real estate vacancy rate here is 47.2%. This is higher than the rate of vacancies in 98.3% of all U.S. neighborhoods. A relatively large percentage of housing here is seasonally occupied (34.3%). This can occur in vacation areas, and occasionally it is also found in neighborhoods that are primarily filled with college students, as some apartments could be vacant when school is not in session. If you live here year round, you may find that a number of buildings in your neighborhood are actually empty.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

The way a neighborhood looks and feels when you walk or drive around it, from its setting, its buildings, and its flavor, can make all the difference. This neighborhood has some really cool things about the way it looks and feels as revealed by NeighborhoodScout's exclusive research. This might include anything from the housing stock to the types of households living here to how people get around.

Notable & Unique: Real Estate

This neighborhood has wide open spaces, few people, and lots of space to stretch out. If you like locations that fit that description, you may like this neighborhood. Based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis, with only 28 people per square mile living here, this neighborhood is less crowded than 93.2% of America. One of the notable things about Piney Creek / Laurel Springs is that it is one of the quietest neighborhoods in America, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis and quantitative rating of quietness. When you are here, you will find it to be very quiet. If quiet and peaceful are your cup of tea, you may have found a great place for you.

In addition, vacant homes and apartments are a significant characteristic of this neighborhood. In fact, with 47.2% of the residential real estate vacant, the Piney Creek / Laurel Springs neighborhood claims the distinction of having a higher vacancy rate than 98.3% of the neighborhoods in America. This can either be because much of the property is seasonally occupied, like in many vacation areas, or that much of the real estate is more permanently abandoned.

Notable & Unique: Diversity

Did you know that the Piney Creek / Laurel Springs neighborhood has more Scots-Irish ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 5.7% of this neighborhood's residents have Scots-Irish ancestry.

Notable & Unique: Occupations

Each year, fewer and fewer Americans make their living as farmers, foresters, or fishers. But the Piney Creek / Laurel Springs neighborhood truly stands out among U.S. neighborhoods. According to exclusive NeighborhoodScout analysis, this neighborhood has a greater proportion of farmers, foresters, or fishers than 97.9% of all American neighborhoods. This is truly a unique cultural characteristic of this neighborhood.

Notable & Unique: Migration / Stability

The freedom of moving to new places versus the comfort of home. How much and how often people move not only can create diverse and worldly neighborhoods, but simultaneously it can produce a loss of intimacy with one's surroundings and a lack of connectedness to one's neighbors. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive research has identified this neighborhood as unique with regard to the transience of its populace. More residents of the Piney Creek / Laurel Springs neighborhood live here today that also were living in this same neighborhood five years ago than is found in 97.9% of U.S. neighborhoods. This neighborhood is really made up of people who know each other, don't move often, and have lived here in this very neighborhood for quite a while.

Notable & Unique: Length of Commute

Whether walking, biking, riding, or driving, the length of one's commute is an important factor for one's quality of life. The Piney Creek / Laurel Springs neighborhood stands out for its commute length, according to NeighborhoodScout's analysis. Long commutes can be brutal. They take time, money, and energy, leaving less of you for yourself and your family. The residents of the Piney Creek / Laurel Springs neighborhood unfortunately have the distinction of having, on average, a longer commute than most any neighborhood in America. 8.9% of commuters here travel more than one hour just one-way to work. That is more than two hours per day. This percentage with two-hour + round-trip commutes is higher than NeighborhoodScout found in 96.2% of all neighborhoods in America.

Notable & Unique: People

If you're nearing retirement age, or in retirement, the Piney Creek / Laurel Springs neighborhood is an excellent choice for you to consider for top-quality retirement living. This neighborhood is rated by NeighborhoodScout as among the top 7.2% of retiree-friendly neighborhoods in North Carolina, combining peace and quiet, safety from crime, and offering diverse housing options from which retirees can choose. Maybe it's because of these amenities that a large proportion of the residents here are college educated seniors, mixed with other age groups. For these and other reasons, NeighborhoodScout identifies this neighborhood as a top-notch place to consider if you are thinking of or planning to retire in North Carolina.


The Neighbors

The Neighbors: Income

There are two complementary measures for understanding the income of a neighborhood's residents: the average and the extremes. While a neighborhood may be relatively wealthy overall, it is equally important to understand the rate of people - particularly children - who are living at or below the federal poverty line, which is extremely low income. Some neighborhoods with a lower average income may actually have a lower childhood poverty rate than another with a higher average income, and this helps us understand the conditions and character of a neighborhood.

The neighbors in the Piney Creek / Laurel Springs neighborhood in Sparta are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 74.9% of U.S. neighborhoods. With 24.3% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 63.9% of U.S. neighborhoods.

The Neighbors: Occupations

A neighborhood is far different if it is dominated by enlisted military personnel rather than people who earn their living by farming. It is also different if most of the neighbors are clerical support or managers. What is wonderful is the sheer diversity of neighborhoods, allowing you to find the type that fits your lifestyle and aspirations.

In the Piney Creek / Laurel Springs neighborhood, 26.6% 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 25.2% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (24.8%), and 16.4% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.

The Neighbors: 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 Piney Creek / Laurel Springs neighborhood in Sparta, NC, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as English (15.9%). There are also a number of people of Irish ancestry (8.9%), and residents who report German roots (8.7%), and some of the residents are also of Scots-Irish ancestry (5.7%), along with some Mexican ancestry residents (4.0%), among others.

The Neighbors: Languages

The most common language spoken in the Piney Creek / Laurel Springs neighborhood is English, spoken by 97.0% of households. Some people also speak Spanish (2.7%).

Getting to Work

Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in Piney Creek / Laurel Springs neighborhood spend under 15 minutes commuting one-way to work (32.6% of working residents), one of the shortest commutes across America. However, there is also a significant group of residents (8.9%) who commute over an hour in each direction.

Here most residents (84.6%) 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 (10.7%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.

Neighborhood Real Estate Data

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Neighborhood Crime Data

67 Vital Statistics. 6 Condition Alerts found.

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Piney Creek / Laurel Springs 0.101011101001110
Sparta 0.101011101001110
North Carolina 3.47
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Piney Creek / Laurel Springs 0.101011101001110
Sparta 0.101011101001110
North Carolina 27.50
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Piney Creek / Laurel Springs 0.101011101001110
Sparta 0.101011101001110
North Carolina 27

Neighborhood Public School Data

65 Vital Statistics. 5 Condition Alerts found.

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Proficiency in Reading and Math 0.101011101001110 0.101011101001110
Proficiency in Reading 0.101011101001110 0.101011101001110
Proficiency in Math 0.101011101001110 0.101011101001110

Schools In This District

School Details Grades Quality Rating Compared to NC Quality Rating Compared to Nation
Alleghany High
404 Trojan Avenue
Sparta, NC, 28675
09-12
Glade Creek Elementary
32 Glade Creek Sch Road
Ennice, NC, 28623
PK-08
Piney Creek Elementary
559 Piney Creek Sch Road
Piney Creek, NC, 28663
PK-08
Sparta Elementary
450 N Main Street
Sparta, NC, 28675
PK-08

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