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 Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles are low income, making it among the lowest income neighborhoods in America.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 87.5% of U.S. neighborhoods.
With 53.7% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 92.5%
of U.S. neighborhoods.
The Neighbors: Occupations
The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you
are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have
shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations
shape the culture of a place.
In the Watts neighborhood, 31.7% 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
manufacturing and laborer occupations, with 31.7% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations
(22.0%), and 11.1% in executive, management, and professional occupations.
The Neighbors: Ethnicity / Ancestry
Culture is shared learned behavior. We learn it from our parents, their parents,
our houses of worship, and much of our culture – our learned behavior - comes
from our ancestors. That is why ancestry and ethnicity can be so interesting
and important to understand: places with concentrations of people of one or
more ancestries often express those shared learned behaviors and this gives
each neighborhood its own culture. Even different neighborhoods in the same
city can have drastically different cultures.
In the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles, CA, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Mexican (66.4%).
There are also a number of people of African
ancestry (5.5%), and residents who report Sub-Saharan African roots
(5.5%). In addition, 33.6% of the residents of this neighborhood were
born in another country.
The Neighbors: Languages
The most common language spoken in the Watts
neighborhood is Spanish, spoken by 66.2% of households. Some people also speak English (32.0%).