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: People
One of the unique characteristics of the Washington Heights
neighborhood revealed by analysis is that the per capita income of
residents here is lower than that found in 99.9% of the neighborhoods
The Washington Heights neighborhood also has a greater percentage
of children living in poverty (93.9%) than found in
99.9% of all U.S. neighborhoods. Children living in poverty
is one of the challenges facing America, and the world, and in this
neighborhood in particular, the problem can be considered acute.
In addition, whether by choice, divorce, or unplanned pregnancy, single moms may have
the toughest job in the book. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals
that the Washington Heights neighborhood has more single mother
households than 99.0% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.
Often high concentrations of single mother homes can be a strong indicator
of family and social issues such as poverty, high rates of school dropouts,
crime, and other societal problems.
Also, the Washington Heights neighborhood is unique for having just
0.3% of adults here having earned a bachelor's degree.
This is a lower rate of college graduates than NeighborhoodScout found
in 99.0% of America's neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
From major sales accounts to fast-food workers, sales and service employees
are often the backbone of the local economy. In the Washington Heights
neighborhood, they truly stand out. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis
identifies this neighborhood as having a higher percentage of sales and
service workers than 98.5% of all American neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Car Ownership
American households most often have a car, and regularly they have two or
three. But households in the Washington Heights neighborhood buck
43.4% of the households in this neighborhood don't own a car at
all. This is more carless households than NeighborhoodScout found in
98.2% of U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
In addition, corner bodegas, stores on the first floor and apartments above, former grand Victorian residences converted into apartments, three-deckers built shoulder-to-shoulder, duplexes. Such building types define the real estate of neighborhoods dominated by small 2, 3, and 4 unit apartment buildings. Many are in older core neighborhoods of Eastern and Midwestern cities, or historic town centers in their hinterlands. If you wax romantic about the look and feel of such neighborhoods, with fresh pizza, falafel and an independent florist at the corner, then you might find the Washington Heights neighborhood worth a close look. This neighborhood is an absolutely outstanding example of the dominance of small 2, 3, and 4 unit apartment buildings compared to neighborhoods across the nation, as they make up a substantial portion of this neighborhood's real estate stock. In fact, no less than 48.2% of the real estate here is made up of such dwellings, which is higher than 97.7% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Furthermore, 83.1% of the real estate in the Washington Heights neighborhood is occupied by renters, which is nearly the highest rate of renter occupancy of any neighborhood in America.