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 Reading,
the Schuylkill Ave / Ritter St 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 Schuylkill Ave / Ritter St neighborhood has more
Dominican and Puerto Rican ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 21.0% of
this neighborhood's residents have Dominican ancestry and 29.1% have Puerto Rican ancestry.
Schuylkill Ave / Ritter St is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 68.7% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak Spanish at home. This is a higher percentage than 97.2% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: People
Single parenting is hard. But you don't have to tell the
Schuylkill Ave / Ritter St neighborhood about it; they already know. 27.5%
of this neighborhood's households are run by single mothers, which is a
higher concentration than NeighborhoodScout found in 99.2%
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, one of the unique characteristics of the Schuylkill Ave / Ritter St
neighborhood revealed by analysis is that the per capita income of
residents here is lower than that found in 95.1% of the neighborhoods
Also of note, 73.1% 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.
Also, with a nice mix of college students, safety from crime, and decent
walkability, the Schuylkill Ave / Ritter St neighborhood rates highly
as a college student friendly place to live, and one that college
students and their parents may want to consider. NeighborhoodScout's
analysis shows that it rates more highly for a good place for college
students to live than 89% of the neighborhoods in
PA. This often also means that the area has certain amenities
and services geared towards college students, from undergraduates to
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
In the Schuylkill Ave / Ritter St neighborhood, carpooling is still a popular
way to get to and from work. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals that
26.3% of commuters carpool here, which is more than in
98.7% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Also, more people in Schuylkill Ave / Ritter St choose to walk to work each day
(13.1%) than almost any neighborhood in America. If you are
attracted to the idea of being able to walk to work, this neighborhood
could be a good choice.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
More people work in manufacturing and as laborers here in the Schuylkill Ave / Ritter St
neighborhood than in 98.0% of the neighborhoods in America. Despite
the loss of manufacturing jobs across the nation, this neighborhood remains
a place where, compared to other parts of the country, you will find many
laborers and manufacturers.
Furthermore, each year, fewer and fewer Americans make their living as farmers, foresters,
or fishers. But the Schuylkill Ave / Ritter St 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 96.8% of all American neighborhoods. This is truly a unique
cultural characteristic of this neighborhood.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
Even if you drive or take transit to your place of employment, many
people enjoy being able to walk in their neighborhood. What many people
don't realize is that most of America's premier vacation locations are
also very walkable. The Schuylkill Ave / Ritter St neighborhood is among
the top 5% of American neighborhoods in terms of walkability.
In addition, if you love row houses and attached homes, you will probably really like the Schuylkill Ave / Ritter St neighborhood. The ambiance, the charm, of row houses is something special. And in sheer abundance of row houses, this neighborhood truly stands out. The real estate here has a higher proportion of row houses and attached homes than nearly any neighborhood in America. In fact, 78.9% of the residential real estate here is classified as row houses and attached homes.
Furthermore, one way that the Schuylkill Ave / Ritter St neighborhood really stands out, is that it has more large 4, 5, or additional bedroom homes and real estate than 95.2% of the neighborhoods in America. When you walk or drive around this neighborhood, you'll instantly notice the size of the homes here which definitely makes a strong visual statement.
Also of note, if you find historic homes and neighborhoods attractive, you love the details, the history, and the charm, then you are sure to be interested in this neighborhood. With 69.3% of the residential real estate in the Schuylkill Ave / Ritter St neighborhood built no later than 1939, and some built considerably earlier, this neighborhood has a greater concentration of historic residences than 97.7% of all neighborhoods in America. In this regard, this neighborhood truly stands out as special.