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Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Midtown commuters arguably have it easier than any other neighborhood in St. Louis, as they have direct access to three Interstates that are also the most important roads in the metropolitan area. Interstate 64 runs right through the middle of the neighborhood; if you can find local real estate next to it you could avoid a lot of the irritating traffic in the area. Interstate 44 is two blocks south of Midtown’s border, but even though it’s not actually in the neighborhood it’s easy to get to. Interstate 70, similarly, is two or three blocks east of the community, and is very easy to access. In addition, Downtown St. Louis is just a couple miles away from Midtown.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Midtown is a fairly diverse region of St. Louis; there are sizable populations of three races. The majority of people who live here are White, 61.9%, but Blacks, 25.8%, and Asians, 9.2% also have a presence in the neighborhood. Saint Louis University calls Midtown home, and it’s a larger school than most people realize with 10,000 total students. Although the students are spread throughout the city, the highest concentration of them is in Midtown. Because of this, the overall demographics of the area tend to skew towards a younger population.

 
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Portland’s Old Port and Downtown areas are between a mile or two miles away from Oakdale, depending on where you end up living in the neighborhood. If you’re close enough you can walk, as many Portland residents do, but if not, Forest Ave (Route 302) and Brighton Ave slice through the neighborhood. Both of these streets are major roads that can take you through parts of Portland and, most importantly, to Interstate 295. Actually, 295 marks the southern border of Oakdale, and is easily accessible to every resident here. If you need to take public transportation, there are buses and shuttles that you can take thanks to the University of Southern Maine’s campus here.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Oakdale’s identity is best defined by the fact that the University of Southern Maine has a campus that encompasses the majority of the neighborhood. It is the sister campus to the school’s other location in Gorham, Maine, and houses different majors than the Gorham campus. The university impacts the demographics of the neighborhood because it attracts thousands of young adults, it affects public transportation because the school has buses and shuttles that travel to and from it, and it influences the real estate because students are more likely to rent than buy, so there are more apartment buildings and condominiums here than other parts of the city (which can be to your advantage).

 
Recreation

Recreation

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It’s strange to think about going to the beach in an urban city like Chicago, but in Edgewater this is a popular activity for locals when the summer weather heats up. The two most popular are Foster Beach and Osterman Beach, or better known as Hollywood Beach. Chicago’s largest park, Lincoln Park, runs through several neighborhood, but its northern boundaries are located right here in Edgewater. I should also mention that the coastline on the lake provides great bicycle access, which many residents use for transportation and exercise. As you can imagine, this neighborhood glows with life in the summer when everyone is out enjoying the local recreational amenities.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Edgewater has a noticeably large gay population. About 8% of the population here are members of the LGBT community, which dwarfs the U.S. average of 1.1%. There are also a number of gay institutions, such as the Congregation Or Chadash synagogue and the Gerber/Hart library, which is the largest of its kind in the Midwest. The rest of the neighborhood is very diverse as well. There is a large native African population, with people from Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Somalia living in Edgewater. Native Americans, young families, college students, and young professionals have also made a significant impact on the demographic report for the area.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The year 2011 was a special one for the Mount Airy community: it marked a cultural revival for the neighborhood, which was even recognized in an article by the New York Times. The publication cited the arrival of new businesses in Mount Airy, which boosted the local economy but also provided residents with places they could go to hang out, meet up with friends, or best of all, blow their weekly paycheck. There are many locally owned shops, retail stores, galleries, farmer’s markets, and more that sit on Germantown Avenue, which is the community’s shopping district. Many of these businesses that are opening shop in the neighborhood have received assistance from Mount Airy USA, an excellent non-profit that promotes local prosperity in the area by helping out companies financially.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Mount Airy is typically a 20-25 minute drive from the city’s center, but any local knows that this isn’t realistic when you get stuck in the congested traffic during rush hour. The Chestnut Hill commuter rail lines (East and West) stop at three stations in the area. This gives the neighborhood six total stops where residents can hop onto the train that they need. There are also bus routes that connect Mount Airy to the rest of the city; at my last count there were five of them. All of these services, like most of the public transportation in Philadelphia, are operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The North Center is a community with a thriving culture, as you can see in the theater shows, live music performances, varied shopping options, and acclaimed restaurants. The area is becoming very renter friendly, and is ideal for bachelors, families, young professionals, or just about anyone who wants to live in an urban environment. There are traditional amenities like parks, an ice rink, movie theater, farmer’s market, etc. There are three districts, although it depends on how you divide the neighborhood. The three I recognize are St. Ben’s, Hamlin Park, and Roscoe Village, each of which have their own advantages they offer to renters.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The North Center is a community with a thriving culture, as you can see in the theater shows, live music performances, varied shopping options, and acclaimed restaurants. The area is becoming very renter friendly, and is ideal for bachelors, families, young professionals, or just about anyone who wants to live in an urban environment. There are traditional amenities like parks, an ice rink, movie theater, farmer’s market, etc. There are three districts, although it depends on how you divide the neighborhood. The three I recognize are St. Ben’s, Hamlin Park, and Roscoe Village, each of which have their own advantages they offer to renters.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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There are around 25 schools or so in North Center, or within a mile of its borders. The community offers educational opportunities for children as young as two or three years old--like the Cudnik Day Care and Concordia Child Care Center-- or as old as eighteen, such as the Lane Technical High School. There are also private high schools in the neighborhood, like Gordon Tech High School and St. Benedict High School, both of which are Roman Catholic. For colleges, DeVry Institute of Technology has a campus here.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Soulard’s nightlife is at its best when it’s hosting its annual Mardi Gras celebrations, but even during the rest of the year it’s still one of the best places to spend a weekend in St. Louis. The city is known for its jazz and blues music, and nothing is more of a testament to this than the bars in Soulard. They are always hosting live music shows, and you can expect to see large crowds of locals at each show. The other restaurants, lounges, and bars in the area are of high quality, and pub crawls in the area are extremely popular. If you want a true impression of the nightlife here, “Soulard” means drunkard in French.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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A lot of people in St. Louis know Soulard best for its annual events. The most noteworthy is probably its yearly Mardi Gras celebrations, which is the largest in the entire Midwest region, and arguably the second largest in America (behind New Orleans, of course). For this event, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to Soulard. There are parades, and everyone dresses up in costumes and wears festive jewelry. The neighborhood also celebrates Oktoberfest in autumn, and Bastille Day (National French Day) in the summer. Everyone’s favorite event is usually Mardi Gras, but with all the bars in the area Oktoberfest is also wonderful.

 
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Renter Friendly

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South Wedge, or “the wedge,” as locals endearingly call it, is being going through a revitalization as of late. Students from the University of Rochester are invading the area, and as a result trendy shops and cafes are sprouting up in the neighborhood. There are also local bars and clubs that are becoming popular with the young adult crowds in the wedge. Because the neighborhood is in the process of revitalization, the housing is still very affordable, although this may not be the case for very long. The accessibility to Downtown, the University of Rochester, and Interstate 490 are making this area one of the most popular in the city.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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South Wedge has a great website (southwedge.org) that connects the neighborhood via the Internet. Here, residents post about upcoming community events, news, businesses, and subletting and other real estate needs or opportunities. It’s almost like a small Craigslist for South Wedge. Residents can also form groups on the website, such as art-lovers, recyclers, yoga lovers, pet owners, entrepreneurs, etc. This is a great way to meet people who have similar interests and goals as you, and to organize events. There aren’t many communities I know of that have a website like this, and if you decide to rent in the area it will be very easy to make friends and connections.

 
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Renter Friendly

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Little Casubia is a community of Irving Park that is home to a large Polish population, and is considered a historical district. California Park is another area that is very family-oriented with a lot of single-family homes. The Villa is a neighborhood that is recognized for its unique architecture: bungalow and prairie-styled homes, and the Romanesque St. Wencslaus Church. Old Irving Park is considered the core of the community, and arguably has more history than any other Irving Park neighborhood. Like any neighborhood, Irving Park has smaller districts--aside from the few I described, there are around four or five others.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Irving Park’s close proximity to the Kennedy Expressway makes it a perfect location for workers who commute by car, but not everyone has access to a vehicle. Or, some people just don’t want to deal with the hassles of owning a car (gas prices, keeping it in tip-top shape, etc.) so they rely on public transportation. If you plan on renting in Irving Park and taking public transit, you will become very familiar with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)’s Blue Line. This is a branch of the Chicago’s “L” rail line, and it has three stops in Irving Park: Montrose, Irving Park/Pulaski, and Addison.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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In most places, the City Center is usually the most dangerous part of town. In Worthington, this isn’t the case. The City Center here has the lowest crime out of any neighborhood; High Street/Dublin Granville Road has the highest. The Worthington Galena Road area (northeastern part of town) is in the middle in terms of crime. Columbus was recently named one of the best cities for families by Parenting Magazine, and on the whole Worthington is one of the safest suburbs in the metropolitan area.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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With a population of 14,000 people, Worthington is less of a neighborhood and more of an actual suburb to Columbus. There are 4,052 families living in Worthington, and the vast majority of them are Non-Hispanic Whites. They account for 93 percent of the population; the next closest is Asian heritage, which accounts for 2.8 percent. The median income for families in this suburb is much higher than usual: $83,704. The two largest age groups here are under 18 (24%) and 45 to 64 (30%). As you’ve probably figured out, this means that the area has many families: only 28% of the population are non-families.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Local bus routes weave through the community, and there is a bus station nearby in Sabre Springs/Penasquitos that takes residents to the city. Public transportation doesn’t have the same presence here as other areas, but commuting isn’t difficult at all. Interstate 15, which is a crucial part of the California Freeway and Expressway System, runs through Carmel Mountain. Route 56 also serves the neighborhood as well. With these two major roads, you’ll be able to easily commute to wherever you work every day.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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According to Neighborhood Scout, Carmel Mountain is one of the five safest neighborhoods in all of San Diego. Most people would tell you that safety is a much higher priority than proximity to downtown or the coast, and in Carmel you get the former even though you sacrifice the latter. In fact, the areas surrounding the neighborhood, such as Poway Road/Pomerado Road, El Camino Real, Via de la Valle, and Fairbanks Ranch are all low-crime communities. This is a perfect location to raise a family while still staying in the San Diego/Encinitas metropolitan areas.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Both the low and high ends of the rental price spectrum are represented in Hyde Park. If you browse the listings you can get a glimpse of studio apartments that are in the $600-$700 range, and then three or four bedroom apartments that are over $2000. It really depends on what amenities you want--one bedroom, two? Stairs or elevator? Fireplace? One bath or two? Many renters have a list of qualifications, and while Hyde Park doesn’t necessarily have enough selection to be very selective, the desired characteristics of your rental will determine which price range you’ll be looking in, and compromises will lower the price.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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If President Barack Obama thinks this area is safe enough to raise his family in, then why shouldn’t you? Obama used to own a house here before he moved his family to Kenwood; there’s even a rock monument that marks the place where he and his wife Michelle kissed for the first time. Fun trivia aside, this neighborhood is very safe, especially the areas of Midway Plaisance/Dorchester Avenue and Greenwood Ave/55th Street. Harper Ave/53rd Street is probably the least safest part of the community, but overall the neighborhood has more safe blocks than dangerous ones.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Some people think of Jersey City as a bedroom community for people who work in New York City, but I don’t think that’s fair to say. The commute is quick and easy, and there are a lot of residents who work in the Big Apple, but Jersey City has its own unique style and flair that attract people here. You will see this firsthand if you walk through the Waterfront area, or Historic Downtown. I would say that Downtown is the best neighborhood to live in, although to be specific there are multiple districts within the community. There’s the Village, Boyle Plaza, the Hamilton and Van Vorst Parks, and so on. All of these areas are renter friendly, and there are listings you can look at on this site for each one.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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A lot of Jersey City residents have jobs in New York City, but choose to live here because the housing costs are far more reasonable, and the commute really isn’t too difficult. Downtown Manhattan is just three or four miles away from Jersey City’s Downtown, and the two areas are connected by the Lincoln Highway (Interstate 78). However, many residents choose to use public transit instead. PATH provides rail service to Downtown Jersey City with its red and orange commuter train lines. The red line takes commuters to the heart of Downtown Manhattan, and the orange line further north near Greenwich Village.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Rhode Island has a great reputation for its colleges, and many of them have buildings or campuses in Downtown Providence. The main campus for Johnson & Wales University is located in Downtown, the University of Rhode Island has a campus here, and other schools like Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Roger Williams University also have campuses or facilities in the area. This is great city for students because of the business opportunities they can tap into for their post-grad career, and in recent years it seems like the population of young adults has been growing.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Providence is the capital of Rhode Island, and because of this there is an abundance of political jobs available in the city. Most of these positions lie in the Downtown area, which is most notably home to the State House. In fact, the employment opportunities in Downtown extend beyond politics; this is the business, financial, and commercial epicenter of Providence, and if you are seeking employment in any of these areas there are plenty of local companies to look at. You could be working in the Bank of America building, One Financial Center, or the Textron Tower, all of which are located Downtown.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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It’s only right that the capital of the United States has some of the best-reviewed American restaurants in the country, and Logan Circle has quite a few of them. Birch & Barley, The Pig, ChurchKey, and Sweetgreen are my personal recommendations. For Spanish food give Estadio or the No. 68 Project a try, for Seafood check out the Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, for Italian make a reservation at Posto, and the restaurant Rice for Thai food. Contact me if you’d like more suggestions, or if you settle down in the area and want to talk about some of the local restaurants--I love to talk food.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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When you’re walking along some of the main roads in the Logan Circle area, like 14th St or 16th St, you will notice a bus stop on every corner. Even the side streets are less than a two or three minute walk away from a stop. When you factor in the bus schedules--they run quite often-- you will see the efficiency of public transportation in the neighborhood. Even more popular than the buses are the two subway stations in the community: the U Street Station provides service to the city’s Green Line and Yellow Line, and the Shaw Station operates the same lines as well.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Uptown is divided into five separate neighborhoods. It’s debated whether there are more sub-districts, but in my eyes these are the five true areas: North Uptown, Little Vietnam, Sheridan Park, Buena Park, and Margate Park. North Uptown is arguably the most historic part of the neighborhood--especially in gangster history. If you’re familiar with any Chinatown areas, they are similar to Little Vietnam, which has a large Asian population. Sheridan Park is home to Truman College, and also has its own historical district. Buena Park is known for its unique prairie-style homes and its popular neighborhood group. Lastly, Margate Park has a beautiful lakefront community, a very diverse population, and has a rich entertainment history.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Uptown Chicago’s nightlife has really been flourishing, as it has become a hotspot for tourists. But to say that only tourists can enjoy the nighttime activities here is just wrong. My favorite spot is the Annoyance Theatre, which features one of the funniest ensembles in the country. Don’t believe me? Stephen Colbert, Jane Lynch, and Jason Sudeikis are alumni. The Riviera Theatre and the Aragon Ballroom bring some of music’s biggest names to Chicago, such as U2, Snoop Dogg, The Clash, and the Rolling Stones in the past. There are also restaurants, shops, bars, clubs, and countless other nightlife activities that will easily fill up your weekend slate if you live here.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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One out of every five people in the neighborhood (19%) walk to work every day--one of the highest rates in the U.S. It’s even more surprising that there’s such a high rate in a city that experiences winters as cold as Portland’s. Additionally, the rate of people who ride their bikes to work every day is actually 95% higher than the national average. And if you live in the West End you won’t have to worry about commuting times: the majority of residents have a commute that is 15 minutes or less. This can be attributed to the fact that downtown Portland is about a mile from the West End, more or less.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Anyone familiar with Portland can attest that the West End is one of the most desirable communities in the city. And even better news: it’s extremely renter friendly. The majority of properties here are occupied by renters in high-rises or apartment buildings. It generally is more expensive than the rest of the neighborhoods in the city, but I don’t think the costs are too ludicrous, especially when you look at the rent in other cities. Another cool aspect of the community: 70% of the buildings here were built before 1939, and the neighborhood has some of the best-maintained Victorian architecture in the U.S.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Avondale has traditionally been a neighborhood with a thriving European population, with Polish being the dominant heritage. There have also been sizable German and Italian groups, and when Communist rule fell, a lot of Eastern Europeans moved to the area. You will notice the presence of these cultures in the restaurants in the area, and also shops that reflect the traditions of their countries. More recently, the Hispanic and Filipino populations have grown significantly in Avondale. In 2000 they comprised 62% of the people who live here, but since then there has been a resurgence of non-Hispanic Whites here.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Avondale is nestled right up against the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94), so no matter where you live here you’ll be just a few minutes from it or less. If you’re trying to get to Chicago, the six mile drive will usually take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. Public transportation is available in the area too: the Belmont-Blue station west of Avondale will take you to downtown on the Blue rail line, and the Belmont station east of Avondale can help you traverse Chicago with the Brown and Red rail lines. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) runs these public transit stops.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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San Francisco’s Financial District is located in the northeastern part of town, right near the coast. Northern San Francisco is widely regarded as the safest area in the city, especially the northwest. Montgomery Street, which runs alongside the District, is considered very safe; in fact, Montgomery Street/Washington Street is the fourth safest part of the entire city according to Neighborhood Scout. If you want a location that is close to the popular downtown area and is safe, the Financial District is a viable option.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Everyone’s heard of New York’s Wall Street, but San Fran’s Financial District isn’t as ubiquitous. Despite this, it’s known as the “Wall Street of the West” to those who are familiar, and is considered to be one of the most important financial and business centers in the country. The list of companies that have corporate headquarters is impressive: Wells Fargo, VISA, Gap, Charles Schwab, Blue Shield Levi Strauss, and on and on. The area, known as FiDi to some locals, is undoubtedly the best place in the city to build a career if you’re in the business or financial field.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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West Ridge is one of the least expensive neighborhoods in Chicago. Studio apartments here rent for an average of $650 per month, one bedroom apartments for $810, and two bedrooms for $1,075. Two bedrooms are less expensive in Chicago only in the North Park neighborhood, where they go for an average of $890. Six other neighborhoods I compared apartments in were higher than West Ridge, the highest being $1,875 in Forest Glen. Three bedroom apartments don’t escalate by much, costing an average of $1,175 per month. Of course, different types of complexes and apartments have different rates. Rates do tend to remain the same throughout the year. This neighborhood shows one of the highest median incomes of any neighborhood in the city, so the low rent is a pleasant surprise.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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West Ridge is a middle-class community area in the North Side of Chicago. It includes the smaller neighborhood areas of West Rogers Park, Nortown, Peterson Park, Rosehill, and Arcadia Terrace. This has created a population, as of 2010, of 71,942 people, and in 3.53 square miles, has a population density of around 20,000 people per square mile. The population is relatively diverse; 43% Caucasian, 23% Asian, 20% Hispanic, 11% African American, and 4% claiming other. West Ridge is home to the renowned “Golden Ghetto”, which gained its name by housing the most affluent people in the city. The title has not remained relevant, but it is a specified area, home to the city’s largest Hasidic community. While the ghetto is no longer golden, West Ridge still boasts one of the highest per capita incomes in the city, around $48,000 in 2010.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Highland Square is also known as the most eclectic neighborhood in Akron. The Five Points shopping district welcomes lots of foot traffic and represents the neighborhood’s local flavor. In 2000, the population of Highland Square was reported as 12,561. While this is a relatively small area, that is a high density rate. This includes the city’s highest rate of renters. The average household income (2010) is $42,958, slightly higher than the Akron average. 68% of residents were Caucasian in the same year, 27% African American (average for the city); other individual races occupied less than 1%. 36% of the population is between the ages of 25 and 44 years, and 39% of the total population are married. The neighborhood is full of lower-middle-class younger, renting adults.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Akron is a primarily owner-occupied city. The defining characteristic of Highland Square is its large amount of apartment buildings, leading to a dense population, irregular from the rest of the city. As residential growth occurred, so did commercial development; this provides a convenient neighborhood for renters as well. Highland Square has gained a reputation for an ideal neighborhood for renters, and the rates have escalated accordingly. They are now among the highest in the area, at an average of $530 for one bedroom, $640 for two bedrooms, and $660 for three bedrooms.

 
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Apartment Costs

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Rental rates in Gunbarrel are the lowest in the Boulder area. It is a primarily residential area, so the low rates may be due to lack of convenience. However, the neighborhood is not far from downtown. This would be a good spot to settle down for someone who needs to be close to the city and save some money. Studio apartments rent for an average of $915 per month, one bedroom apartments for $1,125 monthly, and two bedrooms for $1,235. Other neighborhoods in the area boast rates for two-bedrooms ranging from $1,408 to $2,425. Three bedrooms in Gunbarrel rent for an average of $1,725 monthly. Rates tend to stay almost exactly the same throughout the year.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Gunbarrel is not technically part of Boulder, but is a Census Designated Place (CDP)in Boulder County. This means it is not a city of its not but not technically incorporated into another city. Some people consider Gunbarrel to be part of Boulder, but technical boundaries of the CDP do not include Boulder. Many postal addresses in Gunbarrel are in Boulder; some are in Niwot and Longmont. The population here, as of 2010, is 9,263; the neighborhood consists of 6.4 square miles, making for a relatively low population density (661/square mile). Gunbarrel is made up of mostly white (80% Caucasian) young, middle-class (median household income $67,000) adults.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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South of Market is located at the San Francisco end of the Bay Bridge, right in the heart of all the city’s public transportation resources. Because of this, the neighborhood is saturated with public transit options. By rail, SoMa is served by the Caltrain commuter rail, all MUNI Metro lines, several BART lines, and the F-Line Streetcar. The neighborhood is served by bus by 15 MUNI bus lines, travelling throughout the city, Greyhound lines travelling well outside the city and state, WestCAT and Golden Gate Transit busses for limited service. The Golden Gate and Alameda Oakland Ferries also travel directly to and from South of Market regularly. There are also many taxis available at any time. Public transportation is the best and most preferred way to travel in South of Market.

 
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Nightlife

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South of Market is a very commercial area. For that reason, various businesses have seen ups, downs, openings and closings, mostly based on the roller coaster of success of the internet. One industry that has maintained success in SoMa is the nightlife industry. There are more than 200 bars and clubs in the 0.8 square miles making up this neighborhood. Dance clubs specifically are popular; some favorites are AsiaSF, Butter, Mr. Smith’s, and Bootie. Ted’s and Rumors are some popular game-day spots, and WISH and Project One are some of the few great music venues. There are many others; SoMa is considered to have some of the best nightlife in San Francisco.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Fishtown lets the city of Philadelphia handle the holiday celebrations, but the neighborhood has come up with its own ways to celebrate the community. They hold annual events, such as the River City Festival and Fall Festival, as well as random activities, including penny parties, dance parties, flea markets, outdoor movies, and more. There are art displays such as openings at O.U.R Gallery and ‘Pay What You Can’ plays, and workshops type events such as ‘Crunchy Mamas & Papas’ get togethers, centerpiece workshops, canning, bulb forcing, homebrewing, and couples cooking classes. There is almost always something going on; a calendar for events can be found at fishtown.us.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Fishtown has long been characterized as a working class Irish neighborhood. While most residents still trace their ancestry back to European Catholic (German, Polish, or Irish), in recent years, the neighborhood has seen some gentrification, bringing more upper-class dining, entertainment, and housing options. The Sugarhouse Casino opened in September 2010, and with it came thousands of jobs, more traffic from outside the neighborhood, and lots of development in Fishtown. The neighborhood remains mostly white, with a higher percentage of Caucasian (73%) than Philadephia as a whole.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Greenhaven has a great selection of restaurants. While none would be considered 5 star, there are some great options. Ravenous is the most upscale eatery you will find in this neighborhood, and it is worth the slightly higher prices (around $23/entree). Pocket Bistro is another American eatery, a little lower cost and less ambiance. Banzai Sushi is a great sit-down Japanese option, as is New China for Chinese. For Mexican food, the popular choice is Viento Mexican Cocina for sit-down service, and Jimboy’s for a quick taco on the run. Round Table and Pizza Boys are in the same situation, respectively. There are several fast food spots, including west coast favorite L&L Hawaiian Barbecue.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Greenhaven, also known as The Pocket due to its location, nestled in the largest pocket of the Sacramento River, is a middle-class, somewhat planned community. There are, however, upper, lower, and middle middle-class homes and residents. Housing ranges from gated communities to apartment complexes, catering to both families and young singles. Greenhaven is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Sacramento, and is very popular among Chinese and Japanese American families. The neighborhood’s eight parks and low crime rate makes it a great location for families.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Known as Seattle’s most interactive neighborhood, Lower Queen Anne is an excellent dog-walking area. Several bars and coffee shops allow dogs, and there are plenty of apartment accommodating that. The Bernard, Archstone Elliott Bay, and Expo apartment complexes allow dogs of all sizes, as do several private listings. My Apartment Map’s advanced options provide modifiers to search for your specific pet needs. Last time I searched for small dogs and cats only, I found around twenty listings.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Queen Anne’s ideal location, right next to the popular Seattle Center, had made it a great spot for restaurants, shopping, and nightlife of all sorts. There are around 60 nightlife venues in Queen Anne, of all different types. As far as dance clubs, Stompy’s and the Transcendent Church of Bass are the hotspots. For a more relaxing lounge, residents prefer The Sitting Room and Sully’s. Sport Restaurant and Bar and Nickerson Street Saloon get packed during game days, and The Vera Project and Marion Oliver McCaw Hall draw crowds for local music. 2 am is the end of the bar night in Queen Anne, but some close at various earlier hours, so it’s a good idea to call ahead.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Shockoe Bottom is quickly becoming the most renter friendly neighborhood in Richmond. As part of the Shockoe Economic Revitalization and Community Development, officially implemented in 2011, a Historic Housing project was begun. This project has spent approximately 70 million dollars on converting turn of the century warehouses, mostly tobacco, into more than 500 apartments. Shockoe Bottom is considered by some to be part of Downtown Richmond, and accordingly is very close to major amenities like shopping, public transportation and restaurants. For all the convenience, Shockoe Bottom is among the most expensive neighborhoods in Richmond, but not the most expensive. The average cost for a two bedroom apartment in Shockoe Bottom is $1,375; in Church Hill North, two-bedrooms rent for an average of $1,450, and in Shockoe Slip for $1,760, while Union Hill two bedrooms rent for $600 monthly, leaving Shockoe Bottom closer to the top.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Shockoe Bottom has recently begun considering itself as part of Downtown Richmond. In the past few years, the neighborhood has seen intense professional and retail development, and is now home to hundreds of brand new apartments as well as some of the finest dining, shopping, and nightlife in Richmond. In November 2011, Richmond’s Department of Economic and Community Development initiated the Shockoe Economic Revitalization Strategy. Market at Tobacco Row, a more than 34,000 square foot shopping center, as well as Main Street (train) Station, are two areas being seriously focused on for revitalization. As of now, there are thousands of jobs, specifically in the retail and service industry, with many more anticipated as the revitalization continues; the plan has stated they hope to end up with something resembling the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Beacon Hill is a large part of the arts community in Seattle. Local events are organized constantly to display, enjoy, and interact with members and aspects of the neighborhood. Beacon Hill has regular art and variety shows, live music, ‘Beacon Boogie’ parties, Beacon Night Out events, poetry readings, outdoor movies at Jefferson Park, and more. There are also many events with a positive purpose, such as ‘Canning Connection’ group lessons, credit building workshops, and benefit yard sales. Beacon Hill holds annual events as well, such as ‘Everything for Everyone’ two day music, art and politics gathering, ‘Beacon Rocks’ festival, Jefferson Park Jubilee, Children’s Carnival, Fall Festival, 5k ‘Don’t Run’ stroll past various art displays. Something is happening most, possibly all, days in this eclectic Seattle neighborhood, and listings can be found, along with lots more information on Beacon Hill, at beaconhill.seattle.wa.us.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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The restaurants selection in Beacon Hill consists of lots of variety and low costs. The diverse nature of the eateries available matches the neighborhood well. The top five rated eateries in this neighborhood are all very different styles. The most popular is El Quetzal (Mexican), Bar Del Corso (Italian), Inay’s Asian Pacific (Filipino), Tippe and Drague Alehouse (American), and Dahlak Eritrean (African), in that order. In many neighborhoods I’ve researched I see much less variety. Those aren’t the extent of it either; there are Peruvian, Indian, Chinese, Cantonese, and more varieties making up the approximately 35 restaurants in Beacon Hill, none of them exceeding around $15 per dish.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Barton Hills has some terrific outdoor recreation spots. Barton Creek Greenbelt nature preserve in particular brings people from all over the country to experience the preserve’s 809 acres of swimming, hiking, biking, and rock climbing opportunities. At the end of the preserve is the Barton Creek Pool, a natural swimming pool fed by Barton Creek. Umlauf Sculpture Garden is a walk through garden full of all types of sculpture coated with wax, which allows viewers to touch and interact with the art. It is quite the alternative to the usual quiet, buttoned-up type of museum. Zilker Hills Botanical Garden is also an easy on the eyes, peaceful way to spend a warm afternoon in Barton Hills. This neighborhood is far more into the simple things in life; as far as movie theaters, malls, and bars, Barton Hills is lacking. In the city of Austin, though, nothing is too far away.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Barton Hills is the more laid back area of southeast Austin, with many locals referring to themselves as “bubbas”, which is not, as it sounds, a term for the redneck type, but rather for older hippy types. It is a picturesque, mostly residential neighborhood neighborhood with few commercial properties and mostly ranch-style homes. There are low-rise apartments and condos along the western edge, renters are just about as common as owners; out of 7,993 residents, 26% are married couples. 80% of residents in Barton Hills are caucasian, 12% Hispanic, 4% Asian, and 2% are African American. Median age in this neighborhood is 33, and the median annual income is $52,000, slightly higher than Austin’s average. Crime rates here are lower than Austin city crime rates, although both are higher than the national average. Barton Hills is the slower, safer side of Austin.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The Castro has been referred to as “the gayest city in the country”. Nearby Upper Market does not share that title, but does share a similar demographic. Most of the residents of this area are young professionals, and around 85% of the population is caucasian. It is a pricey, upscale area, full of trendy stores, outdoor cafes, Victorian homes and swanky apartments. Rental rates start at an average of $3,000 for a one-bedroom apartment monthly, and the median income for residents of this area is $62,000. The median age here is 39. The population is approximately 55,000, with about 10,000 more men than women.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Castro and Upper Market neighborhoods are served by the San Francisco Municipal Railway, known as Muni. The Castro Street Station operates lines K, L, M, T, and F on the Metro Light Rail. Each train route provides access to further travelling railways and other modes of transportation around the San Francisco area and beyond. A trolley streetcar line was created to travel through this neighborhood in September of 2012. San Francisco is an advocate of biking as a means of transportation, and have biking routes all over the city. Routes 40, 49 and 50 are in the Castro/Upper Market area.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Rental rates in Corn Hill is among the top 4 most expensive neighborhoods in Rochester. It is no surprise, considering it is ranked as one of the country’s best preserved Victorian neighborhoods. That being said, Rochester is not a city with extremely high rental rates in general. A one-bedroom apartment in Corn Hill rents for an average of $825 monthly, and two-bedrooms for $1,100 monthly. Two bedroom apartments in the area range from a low of $550 per month in Charles House to a high of $1,300 per month in Brown Square, which is the same cost of three bedroom apartments in Corn Hill. Rental rates do tend to fluctuate, showing the lowest rates in June and highest in August, with rates maintaining the listed averages in the surrounding months.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Corn Hill is a very close knit community, and hosts various events of several varieties regularly. Corn Hill Neighbors is a group of residents designated to organize these events. The neighbors organize some events just for fun, neighbor to neighbor interaction, such as Oktoberfest Beer Tasting, Avery (outdoor) Mall Fridays, Picnic Socials / Potlucks, and the First Paddle kayak and canoe day. Rochester is not known for supporting the arts, but Corn Hill is, specifically for its Annual Arts Festival, which consists of four stages of live music, hundreds of artists displays of all types, and is rated in the top 200 festivals in the U.S. They also sponsor regular local talent performances,and (weather permitting) live bands on weekends. Some events are for more than just fun, such as beautification clean-ups, food drives, charity walks, career fairs, citizen preparedness programs, farmer’s markets and more! All upcoming events can be found at cornhill.org.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Stevens Square is one of the most renter friendly neighborhoods in Minneapolis. It is located directly in the center of the city, and has one of the highest population density rates of any in the city due to the many apartments heavily lining the streets. The neighborhood is made up of many old brownstone apartments, and the mansions in Stevens Square have been subdivided in recent decades into more apartments, leaving the rate of renters much higher than owners. Rental rates in this area are among the lowest, and access to amenities is among the most convenient in the city.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Travelling in and around Stevens Square is surprisingly easy, considering it is located in the center of Minneapolis. The neighborhood is conveniently bordered by two major highways and two major city streets. Interstate 94 is the northern border of Stevens Square, an east/west highway spanning 1,585 miles from Billings, MT to Port Huron, MI. Interstate 35W is a west-heading branch of the north/south highway 35, stretches 42 miles, and is the eastern border of the neighborhood. Lyndale Ave, the most travelled commercial street in the area, is the western border. All of these roadways provide convenient access around and out of Minneapolis.

 
Weather

Weather

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Mustang and Padre Islands have a humid subtropical climate, like many other Gulf Coast regions, such as southern Florida. The area is vulnerable to hurricanes, floods, and severe thunderstorms, due to strong winds coming from the Gulf of Mexico to the immediate southeast, but is not likely to experience tornadoes or earthquakes. Temperatures on the islands reach the low 90’s in the summer months, specifically July, and drop into the high 40’s in the winter months, especially January. The months in between remain warm in the daytime and cool down at night. These islands see an average of 32 inches of rainfall annually, which is pretty evenly spread out throughout the year.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Both Mustang Island and Padre Island’s northern halves are considered to be part of Corpus Christi. The two are similar physically, but Mustang Island is more developed. Mustang Island is a popular spring break destination. It is has 3954 acres of beach, some of which are part of Mustang Island State Park, which makes up ⅓ of the island (area which is technically located in Port Aransas, TX). Here, residents and visitors can utilize the picnic tables, hiking and biking trails, and surfing and kayaking rentals. There is also excellent space for sunbathing, fishing, and bird watching. Padre Island is much less commercialized, and Padre Island National Seashore is its main attraction, a simple, natural 113 mile shore with plenty of wildlife including sea turtles. If you are considering becoming a resident of the area, either one provides convenient, direct access to the other via Highway 361.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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North Scottsdale is the one of the most pet friendly neighborhoods I have researched. The scenery and climate are very welcoming for dog walks and lazy cats. This neighborhood is located right along the border of the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve, home of the McDowell Mountain Range and plenty more beautiful open space. As the neighborhood develops, the preserve remains untouched; this means creating more opportunities to live and work here and maintaining the landscape. Last time I checked My Apartment Map with the pet modifiers in the advanced options section, I found more than 30 apartments accepting large dogs! Many places I research show none. For smaller dogs and cats, I found more than 50 listings. North Scottsdale is very pet friendly.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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North Scottsdale is the most actively developing neighborhood in Scottsdale. The city is known as one of the most affluent in the country, boasting over $590 million in real estate. Many of the most expensive homes in the city are in North Scottsdale, as it is continuously expanding its official borders. The Scottsdale Airport, referred to as the Airpark Area, is located in North Scottsdale, and is the second largest employment center in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. The Airpark employs over 60,000 people, and is expected to continue growing. North Scottsdale is also home to many important company headquarters such as GE Capital, AXA, Fidelity Investments, JDA Software and more. Scottsdale has initiated an Economic Development Program to continue the city’s prosperity, and is very focused on North Scottsdale in particular.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Park Slope is served quite adequately by the New York City Subway system. The Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station operates the BMT Brighton Line, with trains B and Q serving Park Slope, BMT Fourth Avenue Line, trains D, N, and R serving the neighborhood, and the IRT Eastern Parkway Line, trains 2, 3, 4, and 5. The IND Culver Line also serves the neighborhood running along Ninth Avenue. All of the lines running through the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station offer connections to various subway lines around New York City, as well as transportation opportunities outside the city and state. Public transportation is the preferred method of travel in Brooklyn, and this busy little neighborhood is no exception.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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There is so much to do in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. Brooklyn is acclaimed for its artistic and quirky style, and many of the recreation opportunities perpetuate that. There are many music venues, including Union Hall, a bar and venue with a bocce ball court inside. The neighborhood is home to several performing arts venues as well, including Puppet Works, Gallery Players, and Brooklyn Lyceum. There are over 370 restaurants in Park Slope, many boasting creative decor and menus, and more than 70 bars. Prospect Park is located in Park Slope, a fantastic NYC park with plenty of open space, a pond, and wonderful architecture. There are 3 bike rental companies in this neighborhood, great for checking out the park and the whole neighborhood to get acquainted with all it has to offer.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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North Long Beach is part of District 9 of the Long Beach Unified School District. The neighborhood is served by 7 elementary schools (Longfellow, Jane Addams, Dooley, Starr King, MckInley, Bret Harte, and Ulysses S. Grant), 5 middle schools (Charles Evan Hughes, Charles Lindbergh, Alexander Hamilton, Colin Powell, and Perry Lindsey), and 1 high school (Jordan). LBUSD has seen continuous positive changes since uniforms were implemented in 1994; since then, assaults have decreased by 66%, vandalism and suspensions have dropped, and attendance and test scores have risen. In 2003 and 2004, this district was granted over 2 million dollars in grants as two time winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education which also gave over $500,000 in grants to graduating seniors. The population of these schools have decreased in recent years, which hasn’t caused any significant changes in the progression of the schools.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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North Long Beach is home to several housing projects, and has many buildings working with the Housing Authority of Long Beach (HACLB, www.longbeach.gov/health/housing). They offer Section 8, also known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV), as well as various other assistance programs, including Housing Opportunities for Persons Living With Aids, Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing, Shelter Plus/Homeless Assistance, and Project Based Vouchers youth program. All applications and details can be found at the city’s website via the link above. To see current available listings, search North Long Beach on this site, show advanced options, and apply the Section 8 modifier. This Long Beach neighborhood has the most Section 8 listings of any in the city, and boasts the second lowest rental rates in general, second only to West Side.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Campus Commons is a Planned Unit Development (PUD) in the heart of Sacramento. Approximately 1,160 homes were built somewhat uniformly to create this nice, quiet community, acclaimed for its lush landscape, paved footpaths, and proximity to Downtown and Southern Sacramento University. The population here is approximately 2,340, most of whom are older adults; around 50% are between 55 and 84. This community is far less diverse than the rest of Sacramento, 88% are Caucasian, 9% are Asian, and all other races account for less than 1% of residents. 29% of residents make between $60k and $100k annually, and 15% make both between $40k and $60k, and $100k and $150k. Rent here is the most expensive in the area. This neighborhood is ideal for those who want to be in a large city, but want to be separated from the stresses that come with it.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Campus Commons is part of Sacramento’s Police District 3, along with other Central and Eastern neighborhoods including Southside Park, Sierra Oaks, Richards, Richmond Grove, River Park, Alkali Flat, Boulevard Park, Sacramento State, Dos Rios Triangle, Downtown, East Sacramento, Mansion Flats, Marshall School, Midtown, New Era Park, Newton Booth, Old Sacramento, and Poverty Ridge. This district experiences the most crime of the six in the city, seeing an average of 503 offenses per month.Campus Commons alone, however, is rated safer than 96% of all Sacramento neighborhoods, and shows a crime rate average 56% lower than the city as a whole. So, this neighborhood is a relatively safe one located among more dangerous ones, presenting a risk of 1 in 46 of being victimized by any sort of crime in Campus Commons.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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If you want to make sure your children go to a great local school, or are just settling down and plan to have a family in the future, you're going to want to learn about the zoning in this neighborhood. The west part of the neighborhood attends the City Park Elementary School, the Billy Earl Dade Middle School, and Madison High School. But kids in the eastern part of the district have a whole different path through schooling: the Ignacio Zaragoza Elementary School first, then the Alex W. Spence Middle School, and finally the North Dallas High School. I don't want to say anything negative about any of these schools, but I would highly recommend doing research into each school, and use that research to determine which zoning area you would like to be in.

 
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Economy and Jobs

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The Main Street District is the backbone to the downtown Dallas area. It strings together the business, financial, and entertainment districts of the city. Because of this, many of the city's professionals who work in the business district live here, and it's a quick commute to the office. In fact, I know quite a few people (both past clients and friends) in this area who are able to walk to work every day. If only all of us were that lucky! You just might be if you live here and have a job nearby. If you don't, this is still a great neighborhood for commuters because it provides close access to all the city's major roads that you will need to take every day to get to your job.

 
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Traffic & Commuting

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If you're lucky enough to find a listing in the City Park area, you will be close to some of Denver's most frequented areas. Of course, the park will be, in some cases literally, right in your backyard. But Downtown, the Central Business District, and Capitol Hill are both just two miles away -- and are easily accessible via public transit. Also, the Golden Triangle is about 2.5 miles away, and LoDo is three miles. While these destinations aren't really walkable (or at least I wouldn't be able to walk them), they're still relatively close. Denver has a fantastic bus system that has many stops near City Park, so that's always an option. If you drive, most of the routes to these areas are just straight shots west.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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As you can surmise from the name, this neighborhood is home to Denver's most popular public park. It contains attractions like the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Zoo, two lakes, a boathouse, and a golf course. It's 330 acres overall, and is a far cry from the urban feel that most areas of Denver have. The park also has numerous annual events that are always well-attended. The most noteworthy is the free summer concert series, which has spanned so many genres of music. I remember seeing a great rock concert there one year, then a jazz show another year. If you love recreation, exercising, the outdoors, or just want a great neighborhood to live in, check out City Park.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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It's no secret that Chicago real estate is expensive, and the median price for a rental in West Town flutters around $2,000 on average. A two bedroom apartment will cost you in that ballpark, but a studio or one bedroom will lower your rent to $1,500, and a three will spike it to $2,400 (these are approximates and often fluctuate). There's no denying that these are steep prices, but there are a handful of other neighborhoods that are more expensive. The Near West Side ($2,320 average), Lincoln Park ($2332), Near North Side ($2,678), and especially the Loop ($2,976) all have median rents that soar past West Town and its $2,000 average.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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West Town is among the best commuter neighborhoods in the city. I say this because if you look east and south of West Town, you will see that two major roads mark its borders. The eastern border is represented by the Kennedy Expressway, which spans three interstates (90, 190, 94), and travels from the O'Hare Airport to the Chicago Loop. South of West Town is Interstate 290, which also stems from the Loop. These are undoubtedly the two most important major roads in all of Chicago, and if you live in West Town you'll have great access to both. I should also note that the area is also very well-served by public transportation.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Northside is regarded by many as the best foodie neighborhood in Cincinnati. If you settle down here, it won't take long to see why. The community hosts an extremely popular urban garden co-op that offers organic and healthy food choices provided by local farmers. Also, in Hoffner Park during the summer, the Northside Community Council holds a farmer's market. This is also popular amongst residents. As for restaurants, this area has some of the best-reviewed eateries in the city. There are places for every food craving, from different cuisines to different meal times (breakfast, dinner, etc). You will feel truly spoiled living here if you love food or eating healthy.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Northside is by far one of the most liberal areas of Cincinnati. In fact, the annual Northsiders Pride festival is a celebration of the gay and lesbian population here. This neighborhood is a beacon for GLBTQ pride in Cincinnati; probably more so than any other local area. The rest of the population here is very young, and consists of students at local universities, workers in the city's "creative class," and recent grads who have landed jobs in Downtown or other business districts.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Other areas in Boston, like the Fenway area or Faneuil Hall, are known for the nightlife, but the young crowds (early to late 20s) flock to Allston on the weekends. This neighborhood's nightlife scene is definitely on the rise with great music venues (Paradise Rock Club and the Brighton Music Hall), as well as dive bars, clubs, pubs, and lounges. When you factor in all the apartment parties that are being held as well, the result is a neighborhood that is still partying after the rest of Boston stumbles home and shuts the lights off. The downside to this is that public transportation shuts down early, and parties run late -- if you live in this area you won't have to worry about that issue.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Allston and Brighton, especially Allston, are dominated by college students or recent grads. This is especially true in the corner of Allston that is home to a section of Boston University's campus and housing. Allston has a reputation for its low housing costs, occasional seediness, and rowdy nightlife. It's probably the part of Boston that falls asleep last, and can be the loudest on the weekend. This neighborhood is perfect for twenty-somethings, and especially college students. But if you're older -- or have a family -- this probably isn't an area you would want to rent in.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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When I talk about the Near North Side neighborhood, I'm being very broad, because within the Near North Side area are around ten smaller communities. There is the very upscale Gold Coast, the recently gentrified Cabrini-Green, River North (which has its own design, restaurant, and gallery districts), and Streeterville (which has the most skyscrapers, and is home to the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art), to name a few. Near North Side is known to be a very affluent area, and most, if not all, of the neighborhoods in the area are great places to live.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago, the University of Chicago, and the Illinois Institute of Art all have campuses in the Near North Side area. Smaller schools like Kendall College and the Erikson Institute also call this neighborhood home. These institutions have a noticeable presence in the Near North Side, and draw a young population to the community. If you're curious about elementary, middle, or high schools, the public schools here are run by Chicago Public Schools. There are also private schools, like the Walter Payton Preparatory High School and the Latin School of Chicago.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Rental rates in the West University neighborhood of Houston lie in the mid-range of pricing in comparison to surrounding neighborhoods. Studio apartments in this area rent for an average of $890 per month, one bedroom apartments go for $1,150 on average, and two bedrooms for $1,600 monthly. Apartments with the same accommodations (2 bedrooms) show great differences in both directions, with the lowest rates in Meyerland, of $795 monthly, and the highest in Rice, of $2,600 monthly. Three bedroom apartments in West University tend to exceed $2,100 per month. These rates remain similar throughout the year. The below average prices make this a very affordable area, as many amenities and public transportation are close and convenient.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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There are around fifty bars in the West University area, catering to students of the nearby Rice University as well as the many other renters in this central location. As this neighborhood is in the diverse and eclectic Houston, and has incorporated many Louisiana residents since Hurricane Katrina, the jazz and blues vibe is strong here. Goode’s Armadillo Palace is a must-visit in West University, showcasing live music nightly. Lumen Lounge and Bam Bou are some hot dance spots in this area, Little Woodrows is an upbeat sports bar, and Under The Volcano is a popular dive bar with unique cocktails and a relaxed atmosphere. The Ginger Man, Eighteenth Cocktail Bar and Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club are all popular late night party spots. Bars in this area close at 2am, and most have full bars.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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There is not an abundance of nightlife in Linda Vista; there are around five hot spots that get busy until 2am on the weekends. Mr.Peabody’s is the most popular, although as it stays open until only midnight, it sometimes serves as a starting point. Brick By Brick is a local music venue, providing A-list entertainment to people from all over the San Diego area regularly. The Griffin has live music from time to time, as well as karaoke, and a dj the rest of the time; it is a popular spot for dancing. Morena Club is similar, sort of a local dive good for letting loose on the dance floor. Padre Gold is a local hang out, better for an after work beer. There is plenty of nightlife in surrounding neighborhoods, but if you’re not in the mood for venturing out, one of these should do just fine.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Linda Vista is Spanish for “beautiful view”. This relates to the many open space resources Linda Vista is comprised of, possibly the most in the city of San Diego. This is one of the aspects that make Linda Vista a great neighborhood for pets. In the advanced options section on My Apartment Map, there are modifiers for large and small dogs and cats. Last time I applied those to my search, I found three complexes allowing large dogs, seven accepting smaller dogs, and around ten accepting cats only. All pet owners should be able to find a place for both themselves and their furry friends in Linda Vista.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Rental rates in the West Village are among the highest in the area, but not the absolute highest. Studio apartments in this neighborhood rent for an average cost of $2,825 monthly, one bedroom apartments for $3,555 monthly, and two bedrooms go for around $5,075 monthly. Two bedroom apartments in surrounding neighborhoods are also high, but vary by thousands; Tribeca two bedrooms rent for an average of $5,750, just slightly higher than West Village, while rates in Soho average $3,475 for two bedrooms. Three bedroom apartments tend to exceed $5,600 monthly. Rental rates maintain similar prices throughout the year, seeing only a slight increase in the fall to early winter months.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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The West Village of Greenwich Village in Manhattan is home to more than 450 restaurants, of all styles and price ranges. One of the favorites of locals and visitors alike is Mas Farmhouse, an upscale French place with an average bill exceeding $100 per person. For a little less, L’Artusi Italian retains the class, at a lower price. You can choose those, or one of the other 20 French or 40 Italian places. Some other favorites are Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar and Annisa (2 of 40 American style restaurants), Cafe Asean (1 of 20 Chinese), Takashi Steakhouse and Soto Sushi (2 of 15 Japanese), and Tartine and Blue Ribbon Bakery & Cafe (2 of 15 breakfast spots). You could go out to eat every day for over a year and still not experience all the culinary delights the West Village has to offer.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Frankford is generally a safe area with about average, or a little lower than average, crime. However, certain streets in the community have more trouble than others. For example, Frankford Avenue and some of the streets off of it, like Bridge Street and Torresdale Avenue, have a higher crime rate than the rest of the neighborhood. As for surrounding communities, Bridesburg and Mayfair are safer areas, but Wissinoming and Lawncrest typically have higher crime.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Frankford has a lot of populations that form one cohesive, culturally rich area. Whites are the majority at 37% of the neighborhood's population, but the Hispanic population isn't too far behind (28%). This area also has the largest Native American population in the city, and this group has been trying to name a part of Frankford to "Little Oklahoma." There are also large Irish American, Italian American, and Polish American populations here.

 
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Section 8 & Affordable

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The Upper East Side of Manhattan is home to many wealthy and influential individuals. It is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the country, and is said to be the most expensive. While it is indeed pricey, the proper area of the Upper East side specifically reports rental rates lower than many surrounding areas. Studio apartments in this neighborhood go for an average of $1,910 monthly, one bedroom apartments for $2,550, and two bedrooms for an average of $3,689. For rentals of the same type (two bedrooms), apartments in North Sutton report average rates of $6,550 monthly; this is the highest in the area, while Central Park is lowest, with rates of $2,450 per month. Three bedroom apartments tend to exceed $5,000 per month. Rates tend to increase in the fall months, and decrease in the late winter/spring months.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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While the Upper east Side is thought of as mostly a rich neighborhood full of diplomatic missions and financial institutions, it is also full of fun things for children and adults of all ages. The Park Avenue Armory and Frick Collection, some popular New York City museums, are located in the Upper East Side, along with a movie theater and various venues displaying live music nightly. Central Park and Carl Shurz Park provide great fun outdoors, including terrific scenery, running and biking paths, and dog play areas. John Jay Public Pool, Wollman Ice Skating Rink, and bicycle rentals also provide outdoor fun. There are various social clubs, gyms, hip restaurants and bars, and more in the Upper East Side, making it enjoyable for all walks of life.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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While the Upper east Side is thought of as mostly a rich neighborhood full of diplomatic missions and financial institutions, it is also full of fun things for children and adults of all ages. The Park Avenue Armory and Frick Collection, some popular New York City museums, are located in the Upper East Side, along with a movie theater and various venues displaying live music nightly. Central Park and Carl Shurz Park provide great fun outdoors, including terrific scenery, running and biking paths, and dog play areas. John Jay Public Pool, Wollman Ice Skating Rink, and bicycle rentals also provide outdoor fun. There are various social clubs, gyms, hip restaurants and bars, and more in the Upper East Side, making it enjoyable for all walks of life.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Pittsburgh is not generally considered a safe place to live; the crime rate in this city is 101% higher than the Pennsylvania average. However, Squirrel Hill South is safer than 97% of Pittsburgh neighborhoods, with a crime rate 59% lower than city averages. A big part of the continued safety in this neighborhood can be attributed to the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition’s Citizen Watch and Block Patrol. The coalition is a group dedicated to protecting the positive image of the neighborhood, of which crime is a large part. Since the Citizens Patrol began in 1995, crime has decreased by 40%. The local police department provides patrol members with radios, magnetic antennas and signs, searchlights and zone maps. Recent statistics have shown a person’s chances of becoming a victim of any crime in Squirrel Hill South is 1 in 56; 1 in 279 regarding violent crimes, 1 in 70 regarding property crimes.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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There are 14,507 people residing in the neighborhood of Squirrel Hill South. The economic status of residents varies greatly; while many people reside in the mid-range, around 10% are in each the below $10,000 range and the $150,000 and above range, and each bracket between seeing around 10%. Ethnically, however, there is not much variety: 87% of residents are white, 7% are Asian, 3% African American, 2% identifying with 2 or more races, and 1% claiming other. There are 6,783 households in Squirrel Hill South, 3,216 are families, 34% of the population with children. The age group making up the highest percentage of residents are those between 25 and 44, at 31%. Squirrel Hill South is a mostly white, economically diverse neighborhood made up of many young adults.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Rental rates in Mililani Mauka Launani Valley are middle ranged compared to other Honolulu neighborhoods. One bedroom apartments rate average $1,500 monthly. Two bedrooms rent in this neighborhood for $1,690 monthly; Kahaluu shows the highest rates for the same accommodations at an average of $2,010 monthly, while Wahiawa has the lowest at $1,370 monthly for two bedrooms. These are not very large gaps; the island shows pretty consistent rates. The consistency maintains throughout the seasons as well, rates tend to stay the same year-round.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Mililani Mauka Launani Valley is not very populated with any type of business, but is a mostly residential area. In fact, there is a total of four restaurants in this quaint Honolulu neighborhood. Poke Stop is the local favorite. Just Tacos Mililani and Loco Moco Drive Inn are also popular, but more for a quick bite. There is also a Ruby Tuesday in Mililani Mauka Launani Valley, for a nice, comfortable sit-down meal. Other areas of Honolulu have more industry, and many more restaurants just a short distance away.

 
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Apartment Costs

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The Central Downtown area of Lexington is home to many large, modern, high-rise apartment buildings. Because of this, as well as the convenience of location, this neighborhood has the highest rental rates in the city. The average cost of a studio apartment in Central Downtown is $750 per month. One bedroom apartments cost an average of $660 monthly, two bedrooms for $1,450, and upwards from there. Two bedroom rates in surrounding neighborhoods of Southern Park and Fairway Liberty Heights are around $700 less. Rates tend to drop in the early summer months, specifically June, and escalate again in the fall.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Central Downtown is the financial hub of Lexington. There are many high-rise buildings housing professional offices, apartments, services, and restaurants. The Lexington Financial Center is the largest structure in Lexington, is home to Fifth Third Bank’s regional headquarters as well as many other professional services. Many financial institutions are located downtown, especially between Main and Vine Street. The Triangle Center and Goodwin Square consist of many offices, as is Lexington Center, which includes Rupp Arena and more. The World Trade Center also provides thousands of jobs and brings stability to the economy. Many of these jobs are within the financial industry, but there are countless service industry, maintenance, and entry level positions within them.

 
Weather

Weather

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San Francisco is known to be quite foggy, and Outer Sunset is the absolute foggiest area in the city. It is located very close to Ocean Beach, and the Pacific Ocean brings in that fog. The winter months -between November and March- are the months when the fog lifts, but is also the time when the most rain comes; of the 24 inches of rain the area sees annually, 21 inches occur in these months. The average high temperature, occurring in September, is 71 degrees, while the average low temperature is 46 degrees, occurring in January. Overall, Outer Sunset sees mild temperatures, many days of the year in the 55-70 degree range, not much sun, and many foggy days.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are around 130 restaurants in the Outer Sunset area of San Francisco, many of them of the Asian persuasion. The neighborhood is home to over 40 Chinese restaurants, 13 Japanese, 12 Vietnamese, 9 Thai, 8 Dim Sum, and 3 Korean. This accounts for about 90, leaving 40 more of all varieties. As this neighborhood is located bordering the Pacific Ocean, there are several (approximately 10) seafood specific restaurants. There are also various bakeries, American style restaurants, pizza joints, and specialty places such as vegan and vegetarian spots. Some of the most popular eateries in the neighborhood are Thanh Long, specializing in Vietnamese and seafood, Outerlands American cuisine, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Marnee Thai.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Dilworth is one of Charlotte’s most urban neighborhoods. High population density is related to crime rates, and Dilworth is no exception. This neighborhood does show lower rates than Charlotte as a whole, but not by much. In the most recent annual statistics, Dilworth was shown to be the location of more than 50% of all the city’s crime, including murder, rape, robbery, and motor vehicle theft. 2012 statistics through September showed an increase from the same time last year of 4%, with a 12% rise in violent crimes alone. The neighborhood’s police and residents have organized methods to assist in lowering these rates. Dilworth Community Development Association (DCDA) has organized a Neighborhood Safety Committee, which holds meetings attended by police officers, allowing residents to speak openly with them. Dilworthonline.org has a safety section, which provides information about all opportunities and information pertaining to crime and safety in Dilworth.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Charlotte was once a much smaller city, and when it was, Dilworth was a community hub for events and social life. Freedom Park, although now a smaller part of Charlotte, has remained a popular attraction. This is still the location of Festival in the Park, an annual celebration of Charlotte. Other festivals include the Dilworth Jubilee, Greek Festival, and Fall Fall Festival. There are also annual holiday events, such as craft making, ladies holiday party, Halloween parties and July fireworks. There are recreation events, such as marathons, criteriums, and charity walks, such as the most recent Visionwalk for blindness. Certain Dilworth events display the close-knit vibe of residents, such as Newcomers Parties, wine and cheese events held for new residents in a neighbor’s home, and the Monthly Beer Summit, held at local watering holes, coinciding with sporting events. All of these exciting events and more can be found at dilworthonline.org.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Miami definitely has some shady parts of town, and there are some streets in Allapattah that have more crime than others. If you’re looking to live in this area, I would recommend looking near North River Drive/34th Street, the East West Expressway/14th Street, or 27th Ave/28th Street. Be careful if you are looking at a listing on 23rd Street/13th Ave or 32nd Street. Allapattah has some clear upsides, but one thing you have to be careful of is which streets to be weary of here.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Allapattah is about three quarters of a mile or so from downtown Miami. To get there, many residents walk, but people who are headed to work can’t if they’re carrying a suitcase or backpack and are wearing a long-sleeved shirt or a suit. And with the city’s heat, who could blame them? These workers are more likely to take public transportation to get around the city. Miami’s Metrobus service extends to Allapattah, and there are stops throughout the neighborhood. The Miami Metrorail also has three stops at the Earlington Heights, Allapattah, and Santa Clara stations.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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SoHo is currently one of the trendiest areas in New York City to live. It wasn’t always this way, but there has been extreme gentrification in the area -- it even inspired the term the “SoHo Effect.” What emerged from these revitalizations is a commercialized area with plenty of shopping, dining, and artistic businesses. However, there are certain parts of SoHo, like the southern area of the neighborhood, that are still similar to how the community used to look. The architecture features very Italian or Renaissance styles, and is famous for its cast-iron look. In fact, it has more cast-iron architecture than any other area in the world, and numerous historic preservation attempts have saved a lot of the neighborhood from reconstruction or redevelopment.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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SoHo is the shopping and cultural center of Manhattan, without a doubt. There are countless retailers, designer shops, boutiques, and other stores that are packed every day. While most of the designer stores are expensive, you can find some deals at plenty of shops in SoHo. This community is also home to many artists whose galleries, lofts, and museums are located here. Overall, SoHo is a very hip area where city residents go when they want to enjoy a piece of the Big Apple’s best culture.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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I think the most important thing for families to look for when they’re scouting neighborhoods is academics. West Seattle has great public schools and private schools that serve the community. Or, if for some reason you want your child to attend a private school outside of this area, you can send them there. The city of Seattle has many great academic institutions, and this is definitely a plus side to living in an urban area. In West Seattle specifically, the Hope School, the Seattle Lutheran High School, and the Holy Rosary School are three great private schools in West Seattle.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The drive from West Seattle to Downtown is often delayed by traffic. During rush hour it can take over a half hour, but during other times of the day it’s typically around 15 minutes. Via public transportation, you can get to downtown in around an hour through the bus services that serve the area. The West Seattle bridge is located in the neighborhood, and connects residents to Interstate 5. This is probably the most important major road in the city, as it runs through countless Seattle neighborhoods.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Georgetown has one of the lowest crime rates out of all DC communities. The website Neighborhood Scout currently has it ranked fifth safest in the city. If you go north of Georgetown, to areas like Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, or west to Foxhall Village or Wesley Heights, the safety stays about the same. But if you go to the southeast of Georgetown, you’ll be in the City Center, which is known for its high crime. So, you’ll have to make sure you’re aware when you walk around at night, because you could end up on a dangerous street outside of your neighborhood.

 
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Even though Georgetown University -- a very well respected school -- is located nearby, don’t expect to be able to find low-priced student housing. Georgetown is easily one of the most affluent communities in the entire city; it would be impossible to create a list of the most expensive neighborhoods in DC without having them in the top five or ten. A lot of the city’s elite (I’ve heard them described as yuppies) live here, and you’ll immediately be able to see why. The neighborhood is safe, pristine, has a great location, and is home to the best school in the city. If you can afford to open up your budget, this is a perfect neighborhood to live in.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Gaslamp has some of the best nightlife activities in all of downtown San Diego. It doesn’t get much more fun than the annual Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day events, both of which are held in Gaslamp. For other weekends of the year, there are so many lounges, dance clubs, restaurants, music venues, and bars here that you won’t want to go to any areas of the city on your Friday or Saturday nights. Like I said, you can’t find better nightlife in the city. And if you live in the neighborhood, you won’t even have to worry about how you’re going to get home after your nights out. You’ll be able to walk to the bars or clubs, and walk back. Also within walking distance of the neighborhood is PETCO Park, which is a block away from Gaslamp, and is home to the San Diego Padres baseball team.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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If it were up to me, I would hand the title of “Best Foodie Neighborhood” in San Diego to Gaslamp. The choices are eclectic and overwhelming. Don’t believe me? Check out the popular restaurant site Urbanspoon. They have over 200 restaurants listed in the Gaslamp area; there are only a few other communities that have more restaurants than here. With that said, it’s tough to narrow down the selection to just a few recommendations. It really depends on which type of food you like, or which cuisine you want to try.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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If you’re in some of Boston’s other neighborhoods, like Back Bay, Kenmore, or Downtown, for example, you will see at least three or four T (subway) stops in these areas. However, the South End really only has one T stop, Broadway, unless you want to argue that a couple stops are on the border of the community. There just aren’t as many T stops here as many residents want there to be. But there are a lot of bus stops run by the MBTA, including the Silver Line. And, depending on where you live in the South End, you could be within walking distance from areas like the Financial District, Downtown, or the Innovation District in the Waterfront area, which are popular places to work.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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A revitalized part of the South End’s Waterfront area is home to the Innovation District, which has been a hotbed for startup businesses. Numerous entrepreneurs in the city -- including many young college graduates -- are taking advantage of the resources and opportunities in this area to run their business and inject life into the South End’s economy. Because of this district, as well as revitalization of many other neighborhoods, the South End has become a desirable place to live, and the housing market here is becoming one of the busiest in the city. In the future I imagine this area will continue to expand and house new businesses, comparable to areas of Cambridge near Kendall Square and MIT.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Village is located approximately two miles north of downtown Manhattan, which is walkable if you’re in good shape. But most people who live here will just go to the one of the subway stations nearest to where they live. Over 50% of New Yorkers take public transportation to get to work every day, which is the highest transit usage rate in the entire country. The Village offers access to commuter trains, buses, and as I mentioned, the subway. And though there may not be subway stops on almost every block like in other neighborhoods, there are a solid variety of lines that run through this neighborhood. Depending on your destination, you will have to go to a certain station in the Village, and it would be a smart move if you picked a rental that was closeby.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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If you’ve heard of the Village before, it probably has to do with something art-related. This area has been one of the largest homes to artists in the city, but it’s also been a center for gays in New York. However, to say these are the only types of residents the Village has would ignore the gentrification that occurred here over the last few decades. Because of this, families have been moving into the neighborhood more frequently than I can remember seeing in the past. Real estate here has become incredibly value, but this isn’t surprising considering its location in Manhattan. It’s a very renter friendly part of the city, and if you contact one of the agents on this site I’m sure they will be able to help you find a rental here.

 

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