South Ruffner / University of Charleston median real estate price is $281,798, which is more expensive than 82.2% of the neighborhoods in West Virginia and 41.2% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.
The average rental price in South Ruffner / University of Charleston is currently $1,501, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. The average rental cost in this neighborhood is higher than 79.5% of the neighborhoods in West Virginia.
South Ruffner / University of Charleston is a suburban neighborhood (based on population density) located in Charleston, West Virginia.
South Ruffner / University of Charleston real estate is primarily made up of medium sized (three or four bedroom) to small (studio to two bedroom) single-family homes and apartment complexes/high-rise apartments. Most of the residential real estate is occupied by a mixture of owners and renters. Many of the residences in the South Ruffner / University of Charleston neighborhood are older, well-established, built between 1940 and 1969. A number of residences were also built before 1940.
South Ruffner / University of Charleston has a 15.6% vacancy rate, which is well above average compared to other U.S. neighborhoods (higher than 78.1% of American neighborhoods). Most vacant housing here is vacant year round. This could either signal that there is a weak demand for real estate in the neighborhood or that large amount of new housing has been built and not yet occupied. Either way, if you live here, you may find many of the homes or apartments are empty.
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.
Whether walking, biking, riding, or driving, the length of one's commute is an important factor for one's quality of life. The South Ruffner / University of Charleston neighborhood stands out for its commute length, according to NeighborhoodScout's analysis. Residents of the South Ruffner / University of Charleston neighborhood have the pleasure of having one of the shortest commutes to work of any neighborhood in America. 67.5% of the residents have a commute time from home to work (one way) of less than fifteen minutes. This is a higher proportion of residents enjoying a short trip to work than NeighborhoodScout found in 98.0% of U.S. neighborhoods. Less time commuting means more time for other things in life.
In the South Ruffner / University of Charleston neighborhood, walking to work is a real option for many. In fact, NeighborhoodScout's exclusive research reveals walking to and from work is the chosen way to commute for 11.8% of residents here. This is a higher proportion of walking commuters than we found in 95.8% of American neighborhoods. Get ready to put on your walking shoes if you move here!
A majority of the adults in the South Ruffner / University of Charleston neighborhood are wealthy and educated executives. They own stately homes that tend to maintain high real estate appreciation rates. Their upper-level careers keep them busy, but allow them to live comfortably. If you're an executive and want to keep similar company, consider settling in this neighborhood, rated as an executive lifestyle "best choice" neighborhood for West Virginia by NeighborhoodScout's analysis, which rated it as better for executive lifestyles than 95.4% of the neighborhoods in West Virginia. In addition to being an excellent choice for highly educated executives, this neighborhood is also a very good choice for college students.
In addition, an extraordinary 10.9% of the residents of the South Ruffner / University of Charleston neighborhood are currently enrolled in college. This is such a large part of life in this neighborhood that the neighborhood changes a great deal with the change of semesters and is far quieter during the summer when many students are away.
Did you know that the South Ruffner / University of Charleston neighborhood has more Lebanese and Arab ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 6.4% of this neighborhood's residents have Lebanese ancestry and 10.7% have Arab ancestry.
South Ruffner / University of Charleston is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 7.4% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak Arabic at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 99.3% of the neighborhoods in America.
How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.
The neighbors in the South Ruffner / University of Charleston neighborhood in Charleston are upper-middle income, making it an above average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 71.5% of the neighborhoods in America. In addition, 5.9% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 62.4% of America's neighborhoods.
The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations shape the culture of a place.
In the South Ruffner / University of Charleston neighborhood, 57.2% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations, with 19.1% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (16.3%), and 7.4% in manufacturing and laborer occupations.
The languages spoken by people in this neighborhood are diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in the South Ruffner / University of Charleston neighborhood is English, spoken by 85.9% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Arabic, Langs. of India and French.
Boston's Beacon Hill blue-blood streets, Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish enclaves, Los Angeles' Persian neighborhoods. Each has its own culture derived primarily from the ancestries and culture of the residents who call these neighborhoods home. Likewise, each neighborhood in America has its own culture – some more unique than others – based on lifestyle, occupations, the types of households – and importantly – on the ethnicities and ancestries of the people who live in the neighborhood. Understanding where people came from, who their grandparents or great-grandparents were, can help you understand how a neighborhood is today.
In the South Ruffner / University of Charleston neighborhood in Charleston, WV, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Irish (17.1%). There are also a number of people of English ancestry (15.3%), and residents who report German roots (14.5%), and some of the residents are also of Arab ancestry (10.7%), along with some Sub-Saharan African ancestry residents (6.9%), among others. In addition, 14.6% of the residents of this neighborhood were born in another country.
Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in South Ruffner / University of Charleston neighborhood spend under 15 minutes commuting one-way to work (67.5% of working residents), one of the shortest commutes across America.
Here most residents (71.7%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also hop out the door and walk to work to get to work (11.8%) and 10.4% of residents also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors for their daily commute. In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.