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 South Hills neighborhood in Charleston are upper-middle income, making it an above average income neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has
a higher income than 72.4% of the neighborhoods in America.
In addition, 3.4% of the children seventeen and under
living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which
is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 81.7%
of America'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 sheer diversity of neighborhoods, allowing you to find the type that fits
your lifestyle and aspirations.
In the South Hills neighborhood, 63.0% of the working population is employed in
executive, management, and professional occupations.
The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is
government jobs, whether they are in local, state, or federal positions, with 18.4% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations
(13.3%), and 13.2% in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants.
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 South Hills neighborhood in Charleston, WV, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as English (15.5%).
There are also a number of people of German
ancestry (9.0%), and residents who report Italian roots
(7.8%), and some of the residents are also of Irish
ancestry (7.8%), along with some Scots-Irish ancestry residents
(4.6%), among others.
The Neighbors: Languages
The most common language spoken in the South Hills
neighborhood is English, spoken by 98.1% of households.