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 Milwaukee,
the W National Ave / S 12Th St neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: Modes of Transportation
Our research shows that more people carpool to work here in the
W National Ave / S 12Th St (26.4%) than in 98.7% of the
neighborhoods in America.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
More people work in manufacturing and as laborers here in the W National Ave / S 12Th St
neighborhood than in 98.6% 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.
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 W National Ave / S 12Th St neighborhood is among
the top 5% of American neighborhoods in terms of walkability.
In addition, three-deckers, duplexes, old Victorian homes cut up into apartments. Independent stores on the corner selling pizza. These are some of the hallmarks of neighborhoods with lots of small 2, 3, and 4 unit apartment buildings. The W National Ave / S 12Th St neighborhood really stands out in this regard, however, as it is dominated by such small apartment buildings more than nearly any other neighborhood in America. This is a stunning visual and lifestyle example of this type of neighborhood. In fact, 35.1% of the real estate here are small 2, 3, or 4 unit apartment buildings, which is a higher proportion than found in 95.3% of America's neighborhoods.
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 W National Ave / S 12Th St neighborhood stands out on a national scale for the sheer concentration of historic residences it contains: 67.9% of the residential real estate here was built from 1939 or earlier, some much earlier. This is a greater concentration of historic homes than 97.4% of the neighborhoods in the United States.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the W National Ave / S 12Th St neighborhood has more
Puerto Rican and Mexican ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 13.0% of
this neighborhood's residents have Puerto Rican ancestry and 52.8% have Mexican ancestry.
W National Ave / S 12Th St is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 72.7% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak Spanish at home. This is a higher percentage than 97.7% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: People
The W National Ave / S 12Th St neighborhood stands out for having an
average per capita income lower than 95.9% of the neighborhoods
in the United States.
Also of note, 64.5% 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.