Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice
is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one
might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether
shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Merced,
the W 8th St / R St neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it
looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
Notable & Unique: Occupations
It used to be that most Americans lived on the farm, or otherwise made their
living from the land, the forests, or the sea. With global trade and an
economy increasingly based on providing services to one another, fewer
people farm, fish or harvest timber now than at any time in American history.
But according to NeighborhoodScout's leading analysis, the
W 8th St / R St neighborhood stands apart from most American neighborhood due
to the proportion of its residents still working in these fields. With 26.9%
of the workforce so employed, this neighborhood has a greater concentration
of such workers than 99.8% of U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: People
NeighborhoodScout's exclusive research revealed that 98.1%
of the adult residents in the W 8th St / R St neighborhood do
not have a 4-year college degree, which is a lower rate of college graduated
adults than found in 98.7% of the neighborhoods in America.
In addition, of note, 64.6% of the children in this area
live in poverty; an extraordinarily high percentage compared to other
neighborhoods in the nation. In a nation where approximately one in
four children grows up in poverty, this neighborhood stands out for
the depth of the problem manifested here.
Also, whether by choice, divorce, or unplanned pregnancy, single moms may have
the toughest job in the book. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals
that the W 8th St / R St neighborhood has more single mother
households than 95.4% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.
Often high concentrations of single mother homes can be a strong indicator
of family and social issues such as poverty, high rates of school dropouts,
crime, and other societal problems.
Notable & Unique: Diversity
Did you know that the W 8th St / R St neighborhood has more
Mexican ancestry people living in it than nearly
any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 66.3% of
this neighborhood's residents have Mexican ancestry.
W 8th St / R St is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 57.0% of its residents five years old and above primarily
speak Spanish at home. This is a higher percentage than 95.2% of all U.S. neighborhoods.
Notable & Unique: Migration / Stability
Some neighborhoods have more internal cohesiveness than others. While other
neighborhoods feel like a collection of strangers who just happen to live
near each other. Sometimes this comes down to not only the personalities
of the people in a place, but how long people have been together in that
neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research has revealed some interesting
things about the rootedness of people in the W 8th St / R St
What is interesting to note, is that the W 8th St / R St
neighborhood has a greater percentage of residents born in another country
(42.5%) than are found in 95.3% of all U.S. neighborhoods.