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 Oak Park 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 Oak Park neighborhood has more
British and Belgian ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 5.1% of
this neighborhood's residents have British ancestry and 4.6% have Belgian ancestry.
Oak Park is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 2.9% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak Russian at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher
than 98.1% of the neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: People
In a nation where 1 out of every 4 children lives in poverty, the
Oak Park neighborhood stands out as being ranked among
the lowest 0.1% of neighborhoods affected by this global
In addition, if knowledge is power, then imagine the cumulative power of one neighborhood
where many of the adults have earned an advanced degree, such as a Masters,
law degree, medical degree, or even a Ph.D. This is certainly the case in
the Oak Park neighborhood, where 51.3% have
earned an advanced degree. Compare that to the average neighborhood in
America, where just 8.4% of adults have completed a post-graduate degree,
and you can see why this neighborhood is a stand out. In fact, this neighborhood
has a higher rate of adults with an advanced degree than 99.6%
of the neighborhoods in America.
Also, a unique characteristic about the people in the Oak Park
neighborhood is that a majority of them are young, single professionals.
In fact, there are more young, single professionals in this one community
than 95.3% of neighborhoods in the U.S. Here you'll
find an active nightlife nearby with lots of opportunities to flirt
and find romance.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
The Oak Park neighborhood has a greater proportion of
government workers living in it than 99.8% 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.
Furthermore, with 5.7% of employed workers living in the
Oak Park neighborhood active in the military, this neighborhood has
the distinction of having a higher proportion of people in the military
than 99.1% of American neighborhoods. This is a major
shaper of the neighborhood's culture and character.
In addition, the Oak Park neighborhood has a higher proportion of
its residents employed as executives, managers and professionals than
97.7% of the neighborhoods in American. In fact, 69.0%
of the employed people here make a living as an executive, a manager, or
other professional. With such a high concentration, this truly shapes
the character of this neighborhood, and to a large degree defines what
this neighborhood is about.
Notable & Unique: Migration / Stability
Do you like to be surrounded by people from all over the country or world,
with different perspectives and life experiences? Or do you instead prefer
to be in a neighborhood where most residents have lived there for a long
time, creating a sense of cohesiveness? NeighborhoodScout's analysis
reveals that this neighborhood stands out among American neighborhoods
for the uniqueness of the mobility of its residents.
In the Oak Park neighborhood, a greater proportion of
the residents living here today did not live here five years ago than is
found in 99.1% of U.S. Neighborhoods. This neighborhood,
more than almost any other in America, has new residents from other areas.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
In the Oak Park neighborhood, 38.2% of people
ride the train to work each day. This is a very high percentage compared
to most places. In fact, NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals that this
is a higher level of train ridership than in 98.0% of the
neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Real Estate
In addition, the Oak Park 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 97.3% 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.
Furthermore, 100.0% of the real estate in the Oak Park neighborhood is occupied by renters, which is nearly the highest rate of renter occupancy of any neighborhood in America.
Also of note, one of the really unique and interesting things about the look and setting of the Oak Park neighborhood is that it is almost entirely dominated by large apartment buildings, such as apartment complexes or high-rise apartments. 88.4% 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.