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 Alexandria,
the Fort Ward Heights neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
The government often provides some of the more stable jobs in the economy.
From local, to state, to federal government workers, the government can
also be a major employer. What NeighborhoodScout's analysis revealed, is
that the Fort Ward Heights neighborhood in particular stands out
when compared nationally for the proportion of its working residents who
are employed by the government. At 22.9% of its workforce, this
neighborhood has a greater concentration of government workers than
99.3% of U.S. neighborhoods.
Furthermore, with 1.8% of employed workers living in the
Fort Ward Heights neighborhood active in the military, this neighborhood has
the distinction of having a higher proportion of people in the military
than 96.9% of American neighborhoods. This is a major
shaper of the neighborhood's culture and character.
In addition, executives, managers and professionals make up 63.9% of the workforce
in the Fort Ward Heights neighborhood which, according to
NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis, is a higher proportion of such
high-level people than is found in 95.5% of the neighborhoods
in America. For this reason, this neighborhood really stands out as unique.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the Fort Ward Heights neighborhood has more
British and South American ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 2.9% of
this neighborhood's residents have British ancestry and 6.6% have South American ancestry.
Fort Ward Heights is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 4.0% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak Urdu, which is the national language of Pakistan, at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 99.4% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: People
The types of households in a neighborhood can tell a lot about the character
and lifestyle of those living here. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis
reveals that this neighborhood, above nearly every neighborhood in America,
has a greater percentage of its residents living alone: 54.6%. This
is a higher percent living alone than we found in 98.4% of
all U.S. neighborhoods. Often residents who live alone are new arrivals
to an area who are single, and often senior citizens who have lost a spouse.
In addition, the rate of college educated adults in the Fort Ward Heights neighborhood
is a unique characteristic of the neighborhood. 71.8% of
adults here have received at least a 4-year bachelor's degree, compared to
the average neighborhood in America, which has 22.6% of the adults with a
bachelor's degree. The rate here is higher than NeighborhoodScout found in
97.0% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Also, one of the really interesting characteristics about the
Fort Ward Heights 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 4.9% of college-friendly places to live in
the state of Virginia.
In addition to being an excellent choice for college students, this
neighborhood is also a very good choice for young, single professionals.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
If you like crowded places, then you will probably enjoy the Fort Ward Heights neighborhood. According to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive data analysis, this neighborhood is more densely populated than 95.9% of neighborhoods in the U.S., with 23,384 people per square mile living here.
In addition, one of the really unique and interesting things about the look and setting of the Fort Ward Heights neighborhood is that it is almost entirely dominated by large apartment buildings, such as apartment complexes or high-rise apartments. 87.9% of the residential real estate here is classified as such. This puts this neighborhood on the map as having a higher proportion of large apartment buildings than 98.3% of all neighborhoods in America.
Furthermore, the Fort Ward Heights neighborhood is very unique in that it has one of the highest proportions of one, two, or no bedroom real estate of any neighborhood in America. Most neighborhoods have a mixture of home or apartment sizes from small to large, but here the concentration of studios and other small living spaces is at near-record heights. With 90.1% of the real estate here of this small size, this most assuredly is a notable feature that makes this neighborhood unique, along with just a handful of other neighborhoods in the U.S. that share this characteristic.
Notable & Unique: Migration / Stability
Some neighborhoods have more internal cohesiveness than others. While other
neighborhoods feel like a collection of strangers who just happen to live
near each other. Sometimes this comes down to not only the personalities
of the people in a place, but how long people have been together in that
neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research has revealed some interesting
things about the rootedness of people in the Fort Ward Heights
In the Fort Ward Heights neighborhood, a greater proportion of
the residents living here today did not live here five years ago than is
found in 95.0% of U.S. Neighborhoods. This neighborhood,
more than almost any other in America, has new residents from other areas.