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 Salem,
the City Center / Willamette U 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 City Center / Willamette U neighborhood has more
Scottish and Finnish ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 7.2% of
this neighborhood's residents have Scottish ancestry and 1.0% have Finnish ancestry.
City Center / Willamette U is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 2.1% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak Japanese at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 98.8% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
In the City Center / Willamette U neighborhood, walking to work is a real
option for many. In fact, NeighborhoodScout's exclusive research reveals
walking to and from work is the chosen way to commute for 29.4%
of residents here. This is a higher proportion of walking commuters than
we found in 98.7% of American neighborhoods. Get ready
to put on your walking shoes if you move here!
Also, would you like to be able to ride your bike to work? If you are attracted
to the idea of getting a little exercise of the two-wheeled type while
reducing your carbon footprint, bicycling to work might be the answer.
But which neighborhood you live in can make this either impossible, or
alternatively, a great and realistic option. NeighborhoodScout's analysis
revealed that the City Center / Willamette U neighborhood is a fantastic
option for bicycle commuters, as 4.2% of commuters here do ride
their bikes to and from work on a daily basis. This is a higher amount
than we found in 96.6% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: People
NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that the City Center / Willamette U
neighborhood has a greater concentration of residents currently enrolled
in college than 98.6% of the neighborhoods in the U.S. With
33.9% of the population here attending college, this is very
much a college-focused neighborhood.
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 City Center / Willamette U
neighborhood stands out for its commute length, according to NeighborhoodScout's
Residents of the City Center / Willamette U neighborhood have the pleasure
of having one of the shortest commutes to work of any neighborhood in
America. 69.9% of the residents have a commute time from
home to work (one way) of less than fifteen minutes. This is a higher
proportion of residents enjoying a short trip to work than NeighborhoodScout
found in 98.2% of U.S. neighborhoods. Less time commuting
means more time for other things in life.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
The City Center / Willamette U neighborhood has a greater proportion of
government workers living in it than 96.6% of the neighborhoods
in America, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. This is
a unique feature of this neighborhood, and one that shapes its character.
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.
In the City Center / Willamette U neighborhood, a greater proportion of
the residents living here today did not live here five years ago than is
found in 95.9% of U.S. Neighborhoods. This neighborhood,
more than almost any other in America, has new residents from other areas.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
In addition, 87.5% of the real estate in the City Center / Willamette U neighborhood is occupied by renters, which is nearly the highest rate of renter occupancy of any neighborhood in America.