People seeking to purchase real estate or to move into rentals or private properties may want to explore the possibilities in the Kings Forest neighborhood of Southwest Atlanta. Although it lacks diversity, its offerings are standard fare for the city. Kings Forest is not a terribly walkable area, however. It is typically considered a neighborhood in which you must own a car in order to get around to complete routine errands and tasks. There is some bike infrastructure, but not a lot.
One hundred percent of the people who live in the apartments and houses in Kings Forest are African-American, 53 percent of whom are female. Thirty-two percent of residents have their high school diplomas, and another 32 percent have some college or associate degrees. Only 14 percent have their bachelor’s degrees, and 6 percent have their master’s degree. However, 15 percent of the population did not finish high school. The age brackets have a fairly even distribution:
- 21 percent are 65 or older
- 16 percent are 55 to 64 years of age
- 13 percent are 45 to 54 years old
- 13 percent are 35 to 44 years of age
- 12 percent are 25 to 34 years of age
- 11 percent are under the age of 10
- 7 percent are 18 to 24 years old
- 7 percent are 10 to 17 years of age
The median income for those living in properties in Kings Forest is $36,782, which is approximately $19,000 per year less than the national median income. Residents occupying real estate in this neighborhood break down into brackets like this:
- 40 percent make $25,000 to $44,000 per year
- 23 percent earn $45,000 to $74,000 a year
- 22 percent earn less than $25,000 in salary
- 14 percent make $75,000 to $149,000 a year
- 2 percent earn $150,000 per year, or more
Fifty-four percent of the people, including those who live in apartments, as well as houses, live in rentals in this suburban-styled neighborhood. The median cost of houses for sale is $101,100, which is much lower than the $184,700 national median home price. Forty-four percent of inventory costs $50,000 to $99,000, 40 percent costs $100,000 to 199,000, 8 percent costs $200,000 to $399,000 and 5 percent costs less than $50,000. Only 3 percent are valued at $750,000, or more.
Median rental prices are at $773 per month, lower than the national median price of $949 per month. Eighty-nine percent of rentals cost between $500 a month and $999 monthly. The other 11 percent fall into the $1000 a month to $1,499 monthly price bracket.
Kings Forest’s crime and safety is slightly above average for personal crime, and slightly below for property crime, compared to other neighborhoods in Atlanta. Crime rates affect the values of real estate, and choosing a safe neighborhood is an important decision. Crime rates are based on crimes reported per 100,000 residents. Violent and property crimes reported in Kings Forest are as follows:
- Violent crimes:
- Assault: 517 per 100,000 residents; the national average is 283
- Murder: 0; the national average is six
- Robbery: 57; the national average is 136
- Property crimes:
- Burglary: 862; the national average is 500
- Theft: 1,552; the national average is 2,043
- Motor vehicle theft: 977; the national average is 284
Compared to similar neighborhoods, Kings Forest has some more options for dining out. Included in the restaurants easily accessible to those living in homes and apartments in Kings Forest are the following:
- Stem’s Café – Open since 2008, this café specializes in breakfast and lunch for the local crowd. There are plenty of local favorites, including the South’s famous shrimp and grits.
- Wing Depot – This family-owned-and-operated sports bar has been around since 2004, and serves up lots of bar food and deep-fried favorites to go with the big game. Piles of peel and eat shrimp and buffalo wings are what they are known for, and are sure to hit the spot.
- Chili’s – This tried and true chain restaurant has been around for decades, and is a model of consistency for quality and price. The well-known spot offer all sorts of specials for happy hour and other occasions.
For those residents who make their homes in Kings Forest, the Atlanta Public School (APS) system services students in this neighborhood. Crim High School services the community along with a host of middle and elementary schools, in addition to charter, magnet and private educational options.
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