6.2 out of 10

Whittier

44.9556034523059 -93.2782586311099
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Shopping Options
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
  • Pest Free
  • Schools
  • Peace & Quiet
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Professionals

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Diverse neighborhood close to great cultural experiences"

One of the oldest Minneapolis neighborhoods, Whittier retains some of the oldest homes in the city, and several of them have been beautifully restored. Even though this community used to be a residential neighborhood of single-family homes, it has turned into the place to be for those looking to rent. A larger than average number of rentals exists on these streets, drawing a diverse crowd of people calling Whittier home. It is known as a significantly culturally diverse community, adding to the richness of the experiences you can have here.
When I have taken my children to the Children’s Theatre here it is a mix of families, retired people, and young people walking the streets. You hear so many different languages in the neighborhood that it can almost be an onslaught on your ears, but it is a great way to connect with others as well. Just be prepared for some language barriers at times, but expect to enjoy the diversity as well.
With all of the diverse population, lower than average income levels, and various businesses in the Whittier neighborhood you are probably wise not to walk alone at night or leave your valuables in the car. However, don’t let these precautions keep you out of Whittier. The very present transit system can connect you with other great locations and experiences in the Minneapolis area.
Pros
  • cultural experiences for families
  • Artistic community
Cons
  • Some crime
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Immigrant and Artist Haven"

Whittier truly paints the picture of an international city. Packed with residents from over 30 different nations, the cuisine, shops and experiences are things to not pass without some pause. Just on the other side of I-94 from downtown, Whittier offers a more down to earth and cheaper lifestyle as well as a local calendar filled with fine arts events. Named after the poet, John Greenleaf Whittier, the surrounding avenues of inspiration live up to the name. The community contains such creative centers like the Minneapolis Center of Art and Design, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Children's Theatre.

The rent prices are also within the affordability range of many starving artists, especially if they go with the cooperative style household. Residents of various income levels can live here, though those with smaller paychecks are often confined to studio or one bedroom apartments. Whittier does have a slightly higher crime rate than other Minneapolis neighborhoods, but incidents are most often petty involving theft or burglary, hence residents want to definitely keep their homes and vehicles locked. One should stroll down Nicollet Ave. to pick from dozens of dining options or walk down W26th Street to look at the many beautiful and charming abodes. Whittier is the neighborhood to visit or live in for anyone that likes a little more color in their life.
Pros
  • Many eating and shopping options
  • Artistic community
  • Reasonable housing prices
Cons
  • Some crime
  • Can be a little too noisy at night
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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