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 Commerce neighborhood in West Des Moines are upper-middle income, making it an above average income neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has
a higher income than 71.5% of the neighborhoods in America.
With 15.8% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 50.4%
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 Commerce neighborhood, 41.8% of the working population is employed in
executive, management, and professional occupations.
The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is
sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants, with 28.1% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations
(16.1%), and 13.2% in manufacturing and laborer 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 Commerce neighborhood in West Des Moines, IA, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (23.2%).
There are also a number of people of English
ancestry (7.4%) , and residents who report Irish roots
(5.2%) , and some of the residents are also of Mexican
ancestry (4.4%) , along with some Norwegian ancestry residents
(3.7%), among others
In addition, 12.7% of the residents of this neighborhood were
born in another country.
The Neighbors: Languages
The languages spoken by people in this neighborhood are diverse. These are
tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are
at home with their families.
The most common language spoken in the Commerce
neighborhood is English, spoken by 81.9% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.