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 Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles are low income, making it among the lowest income neighborhoods in America.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 87.5% of U.S. neighborhoods.
With 53.7% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 92.5%
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 Watts neighborhood, 31.7% 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 31.7% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations
(22.0%), and 11.1% in executive, management, and professional 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 Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles, CA, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Mexican (66.4%).
There are also a number of people of African
ancestry (5.5%), and residents who report Sub-Saharan African roots
(5.5%). In addition, 33.6% of the residents of this neighborhood were
born in another country.
The Neighbors: Languages
The most common language spoken in the Watts
neighborhood is Spanish, spoken by 66.2% of households. Some people also speak English (32.0%).