The Neighbors: Income
There are two complementary measures for understanding the income of a
neighborhood's residents: the average and the extremes. While a neighborhood
may be relatively wealthy overall, it is equally important to understand
the rate of people - particularly children - who are living at or below the
federal poverty line, which is extremely low income. Some neighborhoods with
a lower average income may actually have a lower childhood poverty rate than
another with a higher average income, and this helps us understand the
conditions and character of a neighborhood.
The neighbors in the Oak Forest neighborhood in Little Rock are low income, making it among the lowest income neighborhoods in America.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 96.3% of U.S. neighborhoods.
With 64.3% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 96.3%
of U.S. neighborhoods.
The Neighbors: Occupations
What we choose to do for a living reflects who we are. Each neighborhood has
a different mix of occupations represented, and together these tell you about
the neighborhood and help you understand if this neighborhood may fit your lifestyle.
In the Oak Forest neighborhood, 33.1% of the working population is employed in
sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants.
The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is
executive, management, and professional occupations, with 24.4% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations
(21.3%), and 21.3% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.
The Neighbors: Ethnicity / Ancestry
Culture is the shared learned behavior of peoples. Undeniably, different ethnicities
and ancestries have different cultural traditions, and as a result, neighborhoods
with concentrations of residents of one or another ethnicities or ancestries
will express those cultures. It is what makes the North End in Boston so fun
to visit for the Italian restaurants, bakeries, culture, and charm, and similarly,
why people enjoy visiting Chinatown in San Francisco.
In the Oak Forest neighborhood in Little Rock, AR, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as African (10.5%).
There are also a number of people of Sub-Saharan African
ancestry (10.5%), and residents who report German roots
(3.2%), and some of the residents are also of Irish
ancestry (2.5%), along with some Mexican ancestry residents
(1.7%), among others.
The Neighbors: Languages
The most common language spoken in the Oak Forest
neighborhood is English, spoken by 96.7% of households. Some people also speak Spanish (3.3%).