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 Mesilla Park neighborhood in Las Cruces are low income, making it among the lowest income neighborhoods in America.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 85.1% of U.S. neighborhoods.
With 37.5% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 81.6%
of U.S. neighborhoods.
The Neighbors: Occupations
A neighborhood is far different if it is dominated by enlisted military personnel
rather than people who earn their living by farming. It is also different if
most of the neighbors are clerical support or managers. What is wonderful is
the shear diversity of neighborhoods, allowing you to find the type that fits
your lifestyle and aspirations.
In the Mesilla Park neighborhood, 34.1% 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 30.6% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations
(19.0%), and 15.1% in clerical, assistant, and tech support 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 Mesilla Park neighborhood in Las Cruces, NM, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Mexican (57.1%).
There are also a number of people of English
ancestry (4.1%) , and residents who report Irish roots
(3.3%) , and some of the residents are also of German
ancestry (3.1%) , along with some Native American ancestry residents
(1.2%), among others
In addition, 13.5% of the residents of this neighborhood were
born in another country.
The Neighbors: Languages
The most common language spoken in the Mesilla Park
neighborhood is Spanish, spoken by 54.6% of households. Some people also speak English (45.4%).