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 Columbia Forest / Virginia Heights neighborhood in Arlington are upper-middle income, making it an above average income neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has
a higher income than 80.2% of the neighborhoods in America.
With 31.5% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 74.0%
of U.S. neighborhoods.
The Neighbors: Occupations
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 Columbia Forest / Virginia Heights neighborhood, 47.4% 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 24.2% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in government jobs, whether they are in local, state, or federal positions
(16.6%), and 15.6% in clerical, assistant, and tech support 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 Columbia Forest / Virginia Heights neighborhood in Arlington, VA, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as South American (14.8%).
There are also a number of people of Asian
ancestry (10.6%), and residents who report Irish roots
(7.8%), and some of the residents are also of German
ancestry (6.0%), along with some Sub-Saharan African ancestry residents
(5.6%), among others. In addition, 40.8% 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 Columbia Forest / Virginia Heights
neighborhood is English, spoken by 49.4% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish, South Asian languages, African languages and Arabic.