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 Newark,
the Broadway / Sylvan Ave 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 Broadway / Sylvan Ave neighborhood has more
Puerto Rican and Dominican ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 37.2% of
this neighborhood's residents have Puerto Rican ancestry and 13.4% have Dominican ancestry.
Broadway / Sylvan Ave is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 64.7% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak Spanish at home. This is a higher percentage than 96.5% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
Our research revealed that more commuters here take the bus to work
(31.0% ride the bus) than 99.1% of all American
neighborhoods. If you like the idea of leaving your car and home and
hopping the bus to work, this might be a good neighborhood for you to
Notable & Unique: People
Single parenting is hard. But you don't have to tell the
Broadway / Sylvan Ave neighborhood about it; they already know. 22.2%
of this neighborhood's households are run by single mothers, which is a
higher concentration than NeighborhoodScout found in 97.5%
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, of note, 60.8% of the children in this area
live in poverty; an extraordinarily high percentage compared to other
neighborhoods in the nation. In a nation where approximately one in
four children grows up in poverty, this neighborhood stands out for
the depth of the problem manifested here.
Notable & Unique: Car Ownership
We Americans love our cars. Not only are they a necessity for most Americans
due to the shape of our neighborhoods and the distances between where we
live, work, shop, and go to school, but we also fancy them. As a result,
most households in America have one, two, or three cars. But NeighborhoodScout's
exclusive analysis shows that the Broadway / Sylvan Ave neighborhood has
a highly unusual pattern of car ownership.
26.9% of the households in this neighborhood don't own a car at
all. This is more carless households than NeighborhoodScout found in
96.2% of U.S. neighborhoods.
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 Broadway / Sylvan Ave 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, 59.8% of the real estate here are small 2, 3, or 4 unit apartment buildings, which is a higher proportion than found in 99.0% of America's neighborhoods.
Furthermore, 83.0% of the real estate in the Broadway / Sylvan Ave neighborhood is occupied by renters, which is nearly the highest rate of renter occupancy of any neighborhood in America.