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 Melody Hills neighborhood in Fort Worth are low income, making it among the lowest income neighborhoods in America.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 87.6% of U.S. neighborhoods.
With 61.7% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 95.5%
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 Melody Hills neighborhood, 49.0% 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 28.6% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in executive, management, and professional occupations
(18.1%), and 11.0% in government jobs, whether they are in local, state, or federal positions.
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 Melody Hills neighborhood in Fort Worth, TX, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Mexican (36.3%).
There are also a number of people of English
ancestry (7.9%), and residents who report Irish roots
(5.0%), and some of the residents are also of German
ancestry (4.6%), along with some Puerto Rican ancestry residents
(2.0%), among others. In addition, 15.4% of the residents of this neighborhood were
born in another country.
The Neighbors: Languages
The most common language spoken in the Melody Hills
neighborhood is English, spoken by 61.9% of households. Some people also speak Spanish (36.6%).