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 West Gastonia neighborhood in Bessemer City are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 84.5% of U.S. neighborhoods.
With 25.8% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 66.2%
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 West Gastonia neighborhood, 49.3% of the working population is employed in
manufacturing and laborer 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 21.9% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations
(14.1%), and 13.8% in executive, management, and professional 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 West Gastonia neighborhood in Bessemer City, NC, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (12.0%).
There are also a number of people of Irish
ancestry (8.0%), and residents who report English roots
(5.1%), and some of the residents are also of Scottish
ancestry (1.6%), along with some Scots-Irish ancestry residents
(1.5%), among others.
The Neighbors: Languages
The most common language spoken in the West Gastonia
neighborhood is English, spoken by 100.0% of households.