The Neighbors: Income
How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low
income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a
neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children,
who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities,
the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty,
which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals
both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.
The neighbors in the Spenard neighborhood in Anchorage are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 71.8% of U.S. neighborhoods.
With 17.2% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 51.3%
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 Spenard neighborhood, 40.0% of the working population is employed in
sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants.
The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is
manufacturing and laborer occupations, with 26.0% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in executive, management, and professional occupations
(18.3%), and 15.0% in clerical, assistant, and tech support 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 Spenard neighborhood in Anchorage, AK, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Asian (18.4%).
There are also a number of people of Mexican
ancestry (13.5%), and residents who report German roots
(13.5%), and some of the residents are also of Irish
ancestry (6.8%), along with some English ancestry residents
(6.6%), among others. In addition, 25.4% 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 Spenard
neighborhood is English, spoken by 56.8% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish, Tagalog (the first language of the Philippine region) and Arabic.