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 Vanderbilt Ave / Shaver Rd neighborhood in Portage are middle-income, making it a moderate income neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has
a higher income than 53.0% of the neighborhoods in America.
With 19.5% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 55.7%
of U.S. neighborhoods.
The Neighbors: Occupations
A neighborhood is far different if it is dominated by enlisted military personnel
rather than people who earn their living by farming. It is also different if
most of the neighbors are clerical support or managers. What is wonderful is
the sheer diversity of neighborhoods, allowing you to find the type that fits
your lifestyle and aspirations.
In the Vanderbilt Ave / Shaver Rd neighborhood, 49.8% 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 20.2% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants
(17.9%), and 12.1% 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 Vanderbilt Ave / Shaver Rd neighborhood in Portage, MI, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (29.4%).
There are also a number of people of English
ancestry (17.0%), and residents who report Dutch roots
(16.6%), and some of the residents are also of Irish
ancestry (13.5%), along with some French ancestry residents
(6.8%), among others.
The Neighbors: Languages
The most common language spoken in the Vanderbilt Ave / Shaver Rd
neighborhood is English, spoken by 96.6% of households.