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Tina Clark, Renter in Northeast, IN

what is the percentage of african american in the neighbrhood?

Asked by Tina Clark, Northeast, IN Wed Oct 26, 2011

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I am not a real estate professional but can appreciate the restrictions that realtors/agents would have with answering such a question. Since statistics are nothing but facts which are available in the census and is public record, I will take the liberty to answer. I think if a person of a particular minority posed a similar question because they wanted move in an area where there are a high percentage of that minority, they would be protected under the law because they are a minority requesting the information.

Also, we don't know Tina's motives. She may be or not be a minority and want to move where there is a diversity of ethnic backgrounds. My family is interracial and they would in fact prefer that scenario which is admirable.

The area is comprised of mostly Western Europeans, Jews and Russians. The Philly schools are a mix of ethnicities, but the Bustleton schools are mostly a mix of area residents with a lower percent of minorities.

If you want a highly diverse area, the Mt. Airy section of Philly is one of the top most diverse neighborhoods in the country.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 29, 2012
Neil that's exactly what I'm talking about yes you truly understand my question. Thank You Neil.
Flag Thu Mar 29, 2012
Hi Tina,

As you see, you won't find any licensed Realtor answer any questions of this kind. Totally illegal. There are websites like,, and other real estate sites that you may search for various statistics. They may help you learn more about various neighborhoods. Hope that is helpful. Good luck with your home search.

All the best,
Larry Lichtman
REALTOR, Property Manager
Your Real Estate Resource For Life
Cell/Text: (267) 254-7994
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 27, 2011
Tina, Ana is correct. In this day and age, the racial makeup of a neighborhood should not matter to you. I am white, I have African American members of my family, and some of my best clients have been Latino. I also have Asian friends, etc. I would suggest you be more colorblind and focus on the features of the actual home.

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 26, 2011
I must agree this may not have been the proper way to answer the question. I'm a parent and have small children, I was a little concern about them adapting to the neighborhood, but believe me it's nothing more than that . Thanks everyone
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 29, 2012

Eric and Ana's replys are spot on! Please listen to their advice.



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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 27, 2011
Hello Tina,

Your question may be asked in a positive sense - i.e. i want to live with "mine" rather than i do not want to live with "whomever" HOWEVER...

it is a highly illegal one for us to address. you may be able to get some sense of the nieghborhood composition from the US census data. look it up. we cannot tell you.

whatever the things you seek or wish to avoid in this or any neighborhood. drive around, or better walk around. week days, and week ends. during the day, after "work hours."

this is the best measure of the nature of ANY neighborhood, anwywhere. then decide how it meets your needs.

john leonard
long & foster
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 27, 2011
Hi Tina:

Under the law a real estate agent is not permitted to provide information regading a number of topics, race included. The Fair Housing Act protects individuals against discrimination in seven areas: Race, color, religion, national origin, sex, handicap and familial status.

The best way to determine if a neighborhood is a good fit for you is to spend time there. Good luck in your search for a home!

Ana Barlow, Coldwell Banker Preferred, Philadelphia
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