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 Oak Park neighborhood in Fort Smith are low income, making it among the lowest income neighborhoods in America.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 93.0% of U.S. neighborhoods.
With 63.3% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 96.3%
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 Oak Park neighborhood, 47.6% 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 27.7% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in executive, management, and professional occupations
(13.7%), and 11.1% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.
The Neighbors: Ethnicity / Ancestry
Boston's Beacon Hill blue-blood streets, Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish enclaves,
Los Angeles' Persian neighborhoods. Each has its own culture derived primarily
from the ancestries and culture of the residents who call these neighborhoods
home. Likewise, each neighborhood in America has its own culture – some more
unique than others – based on lifestyle, occupations, the types of households
– and importantly – on the ethnicities and ancestries of the people who live
in the neighborhood. Understanding where people came from, who their grandparents
or great-grandparents were, can help you understand how a neighborhood is today.
In the Oak Park neighborhood in Fort Smith, AR, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Mexican (34.4%).
There are also a number of people of English
ancestry (13.8%), and residents who report Asian roots
(9.9%), and some of the residents are also of Irish
ancestry (9.6%), along with some German ancestry residents
(5.2%), among others. In addition, 18.7% of the residents of this neighborhood were
born in another country.
The Neighbors: Languages
The most common language spoken in the Oak Park
neighborhood is English, spoken by 61.9% of households. Some people also speak Spanish (29.1%).