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 Meadow St / Chicopee St neighborhood in Chicopee are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 83.6% of U.S. neighborhoods.
With 21.0% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 58.5%
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 Meadow St / Chicopee St neighborhood, 28.1% of the working population is employed in
manufacturing and laborer 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 27.7% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations
(24.0%), and 20.3% in executive, management, and professional 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 Meadow St / Chicopee St neighborhood in Chicopee, MA, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Puerto Rican (31.1%).
There are also a number of people of Polish
ancestry (20.2%), and residents who report French roots
(18.6%), and some of the residents are also of Irish
ancestry (9.6%), along with some English ancestry residents
(6.6%), among others. In addition, 11.0% 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 Meadow St / Chicopee St
neighborhood is English, spoken by 62.5% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish, Polish, South Asian languages and Urdu (the national language of Pakistan).