When you see a neighborhood for the first time, the most important thing
is often the way it looks, like its homes and its setting. Some places look
the same, but they only reveal their true character after living in them for
a while because they contain a unique mix of occupational or cultural groups.
This neighborhood is very unique in some important ways, according to
NeighborhoodScout's exclusive exploration and analysis.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the Kensington neighborhood has more
Puerto Rican ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 28.7% of
this neighborhood's residents have Puerto Rican ancestry.
Kensington is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 7.1% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak Vietnamese at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 99.0% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
If your dream is to be able to ride your bike to work each day, look no
further than this unique neighborhood. With 10.5% of residents in
the Kensington neighborhood commuting on a bicycle to and
from work daily, this neighborhood has more bicycle commuters than
99.4% of all neighborhoods in the U.S., according to
NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis.
Also, more people ride the bus in this neighborhood each day to get to work
than 95.5% of U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: People
For many reasons, Kensington is rated by NeighborhoodScout
as one of the top 1.0% of ideal neighborhoods for first-time
home buyers in the state of Pennsylvania. Homes here are priced below
median housing values in the state, yet the neighborhood has a track
record according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive neighborhood home
appreciation rates of above average real estate appreciation over the
last five years compared to other PA neighborhoods, protecting
your investment in your first home, while simultaneously making it
less risky for your lender. Not only does this neighborhood stand out
for combining price and home value stability or increases, it also is
a neighborhood with a high quality resident population according exclusive
data, meaning this is likely a good place to buy, live, and enjoy. While
many first time home buyers focus purely on low cost and convenient location,
which can risk your investment in your first home and put you in a less
than desirable neighborhood, this neighborhood is a true standout for
a lot of reasons, and definitely worth a look if you are a first time home buyer.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
If you like crowded places, then you will probably enjoy the Kensington neighborhood. According to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive data analysis, this neighborhood is more densely populated than 95.1% of neighborhoods in the U.S., with 20,461 people per square mile living here. Being a walkable neighborhood can help increase property values for the simple reason that people enjoy it and value it. To put it plainly, despite our love affair with the automobile, American's enjoy taking to the streets, sidewalks, paths, and courtyards of a place to get a coffee, relax, and take in the sights and sounds. And, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive and first quantitative walkable score index, the Kensington neighborhood is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in America.
In addition, many people dream of living along a street lined with row houses or other attached homes. Such places do often have an abundance of charm. If you are one of these people, the Kensington neighborhood could be your paradise. With 76.0% of the homes and real estate here classified as rowhouses or other attached homes, this neighborhood brims with opportunity to find the right place for you. Only 0.3% of U.S. neighborhoods have more row houses than this neighborhood, making it one of the most interesting things about this special neighborhood.
Furthermore, do you watch 'This Old House' on Public Television? Do you love the idea of fixing up a Colonial or Victorian era home, complete with the charm of yesteryear? Do you like to stroll or drive streets lined with gracious older residences? If you found yourself nodding yes to any of these questions, you are going to be interested in this unique neighborhood. The Kensington neighborhood stands out on a national scale for the sheer concentration of historic residences it contains: 67.4% of the residential real estate here was built from 1939 or earlier, some much earlier. This is a greater concentration of historic homes than 97.3% of the neighborhoods in the United States.
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 Kensington neighborhood has
a highly unusual pattern of car ownership.
24.3% of the households in this neighborhood don't own a car at
all. This is more carless households than NeighborhoodScout found in
95.7% of U.S. neighborhoods.