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 Riverton neighborhood in Portland are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 61.3% of U.S. neighborhoods.
With 47.6% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 89.0%
of U.S. neighborhoods.
The Neighbors: Occupations
What we choose to do for a living reflects who we are. Each neighborhood has
a different mix of occupations represented, and together these tell you about
the neighborhood and help you understand if this neighborhood may fit your lifestyle.
In the Riverton neighborhood, 41.5% of the working population is employed in
executive, management, and professional 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 22.2% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations
(19.5%), and 16.8% in manufacturing and laborer occupations.
The Neighbors: Ethnicity / Ancestry
Culture is the shared learned behavior of peoples. Undeniably, different ethnicities
and ancestries have different cultural traditions, and as a result, neighborhoods
with concentrations of residents of one or another ethnicities or ancestries
will express those cultures. It is what makes the North End in Boston so fun
to visit for the Italian restaurants, bakeries, culture, and charm, and similarly,
why people enjoy visiting Chinatown in San Francisco.
In the Riverton neighborhood in Portland, ME, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Sub-Saharan African (16.6%).
There are also a number of people of Irish
ancestry (15.9%), and residents who report English roots
(13.8%), and some of the residents are also of French
ancestry (8.6%), along with some Italian ancestry residents
(8.2%), among others. In addition, 23.3% 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 Riverton
neighborhood is English, spoken by 76.1% of households. Other important languages spoken here include African languages, Spanish, Vietnamese and French.