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 Main St / Camp St neighborhood in Meriden are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 72.8% of U.S. neighborhoods.
With 22.3% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 60.7%
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 Main St / Camp St neighborhood, 33.7% 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 25.5% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in executive, management, and professional occupations
(22.4%), and 18.4% 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 Main St / Camp St neighborhood in Meriden, CT, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Puerto Rican (16.3%).
There are also a number of people of Italian
ancestry (16.3%), and residents who report Irish roots
(12.5%), and some of the residents are also of Polish
ancestry (11.3%), along with some French ancestry residents
(10.2%), among others. In addition, 18.8% 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 Main St / Camp St
neighborhood is English, spoken by 68.2% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish, Urdu (the national language of Pakistan), South Asian languages and French.