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Potlatch, ID

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Overview


Potlatch is a tiny city located in the state of Idaho. With a population of 782 people and just one neighborhood, Potlatch is the 105th largest community in Idaho. Potlatch has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Occupations and Workforce

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Potlatch is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Potlatch is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Potlatch who work in management occupations (13.54%), healthcare (12.76%), and office and administrative support (9.64%).

Also of interest is that Potlatch has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Potlatch is also a city of artists. Potlatch has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Potlatch’s character.

Setting & Lifestyle

As is often the case in a small city, Potlatch doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

Demographics

The percentage of adults in Potlatch who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.59% of the adults in Potlatch have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Potlatch in 2018 was $24,286, which is middle income relative to Idaho, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $97,144 for a family of four. However, Potlatch contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Potlatch home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Potlatch residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Potlatch include English, German, Irish, Norwegian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Potlatch is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Polish.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

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 Potlatch, the neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.

Real Estate

Unpopulated, and rural, the neighborhood is one of the least crowded neighborhoods in all of America. If you like open space, no traffic, and lots of room, this neighborhood may be just what you are looking for. According to NeighborhoodScout's leading research, this neighborhood is less densely populated than 97.0% of the neighborhoods in America.

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 neighborhood stands apart from most American neighborhood due to the proportion of its residents still working in these fields. With 4.5% of the workforce so employed, this neighborhood has a greater concentration of such workers than 96.2% of U.S. neighborhoods.

Car Ownership

We Americans love our cars. Not only are they a necessity for most Americans due to the shape of our neighborhoods and the distances between where we live, work, shop, and go to school, but we also fancy them. As a result, most households in America have one, two, or three cars. But NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis shows that the neighborhood has a highly unusual pattern of car ownership. Residents of this neighborhood must really love automobiles. NeighborhoodScout's Analysis reveals that 33.4% of the households here have four, five, or more cars. That is more cars per household than in 95.2% of the neighborhoods in the nation.

Diversity

Did you know that the neighborhood has more Scots-Irish and Czechoslovakian ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 5.4% of this neighborhood's residents have Scots-Irish ancestry and 0.9% have Czechoslovakian ancestry.

The Neighbors

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 neighborhood in Potlatch are middle-income, making it a moderate income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 53.8% of the neighborhoods in America. With 20.1% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 67.9% of U.S. neighborhoods.

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 neighborhood, 43.3% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is manufacturing and laborer occupations, with 24.6% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (19.7%), and 7.9% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.

Languages

The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 97.0% of households. Some people also speak Italian (2.4%).

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 neighborhood in Potlatch, ID, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (18.1%). There are also a number of people of English ancestry (15.5%), and residents who report Irish roots (10.9%), and some of the residents are also of Mexican ancestry (6.7%), along with some Scots-Irish ancestry residents (5.4%), among others.

Getting to Work

How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (36.6% of working residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.

Here most residents (75.7%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (11.9%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.


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