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 Pepperell neighborhood in Opelika are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 70.3% of U.S. neighborhoods.
With 54.5% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 92.9%
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 sheer diversity of neighborhoods, allowing you to find the type that fits
your lifestyle and aspirations.
In the Pepperell neighborhood, 35.3% 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 27.9% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations
(20.7%), and 14.6% 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 Pepperell neighborhood in Opelika, AL, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Irish (8.0%).
There are also a number of people of German
ancestry (5.8%), and residents who report Mexican roots
(5.4%), and some of the residents are also of English
ancestry (4.6%), along with some Asian ancestry residents
(4.2%), among others. In addition, 17.6% 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 Pepperell
neighborhood is English, spoken by 81.7% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.