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 7th Ave / 8th St neighborhood in Altoona are low income, making it among the lowest income neighborhoods in America.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 94.8% of U.S. neighborhoods.
With 50.6% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 90.8%
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 7th Ave / 8th St neighborhood, 37.5% 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 30.9% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations
(19.2%), and 12.4% 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 7th Ave / 8th St neighborhood in Altoona, PA, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (44.0%).
There are also a number of people of Irish
ancestry (21.2%), and residents who report Italian roots
(12.1%), and some of the residents are also of English
ancestry (5.9%), along with some Asian ancestry residents
(4.7%), among others.
The Neighbors: Languages
The most common language spoken in the 7th Ave / 8th St
neighborhood is English, spoken by 95.2% of households. Some people also speak Chinese (3.9%).