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 Queens,
the Francis Lewis Blvd / 121st 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 Francis Lewis Blvd / 121st Ave neighborhood has more
Jamaican and Romanian ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 38.2% of
this neighborhood's residents have Jamaican ancestry and 1.8% have Romanian ancestry.
Francis Lewis Blvd / 121st Ave is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 2.0% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak French at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 95.6% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: People
In a nation where 1 out of every 4 children lives in poverty, the
Francis Lewis Blvd / 121st Ave neighborhood stands out as being ranked among
the lowest 0.1% of neighborhoods affected by this global
In addition, one of the really interesting characteristics about the
Francis Lewis Blvd / 121st Ave neighborhood is that, according to NeighborhoodScout's
exclusive research, it is an excellent choice in which to reside for
college students. Due to its popularity among college students who
already choose to live here, its walkability, and its above average
safety from crime, the neighborhood is ideal for prospective or
already-enrolled college students. Between semesters and during
school breaks, you'll notice that the excitement here fluctuates with
the college seasons. Despite the excitement however, parents of college-age
children can rest easy knowing that this
neighborhood has an above average safety rating. For each of these
reasons, the neighborhood is rated among the
top 2.4% of college-friendly places to live in
the state of New York.
Also, neighborhoodScout's analysis shows that the Francis Lewis Blvd / 121st Ave
neighborhood has a greater concentration of residents currently enrolled
in college than 96.2% of the neighborhoods in the U.S. With
13.8% of the population here attending college, this is very
much a college-focused neighborhood.
Notable & Unique: Length of Commute
Regardless of the means by which residents commute, this neighborhood has
a length of commute that is notable.
Long commutes can be brutal. They take time, money, and energy, leaving less
of you for yourself and your family. The residents of the
Francis Lewis Blvd / 121st Ave neighborhood unfortunately have the distinction of having,
on average, a longer commute than most any neighborhood in America.
15.5% 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 99.4%
of all neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
More people ride the bus in this neighborhood each day to get to work
than 96.7% of U.S. neighborhoods.
Also, if you like to ride the train to work, this neighborhood may be for you.
NeighborhoodScout's research revealed that 15.8% of the
Francis Lewis Blvd / 121st Ave neighborhood's commuters ride the train to and from work each
day, which is more than we found in 95.7% of America's
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
In addition, most neighborhoods have a mixture of ages of homes in them, from new to old, but this neighborhood stands out due to its concentration of residential real estate built in one time frame: from 1940 through 1969, generally considered older, well-established homes. This was a busy time in America for home construction. After the end of World War II, as GIs came home, bought newly built homes on the edges of cities with the help of the GI Bill, and began their families. This housing era generally coincides with the 'Baby Boom' generation (1945 - 1964), and many baby boomers grew up in homes built in this era. But what is so interesting about the Francis Lewis Blvd / 121st Ave neighborhood, is that an incredible 83.1% of the homes here were built in this era. So when you walk its streets or drive through, this neighborhood has a look and feel that harkens to that era in American life, a very important slice of Americana.