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 Happy Valley neighborhood in Bellingham are upper-middle income, making it an above average income neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has
a higher income than 75.2% of the neighborhoods in America.
In addition, 6.6% of the children seventeen and under
living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which
is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 73.2%
of America'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 Happy Valley neighborhood, 44.2% 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 38.2% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations
(8.6%), and 8.5% 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 Happy Valley neighborhood in Bellingham, WA, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Irish (18.3%).
There are also a number of people of German
ancestry (14.5%), and residents who report English roots
(11.2%), and some of the residents are also of Norwegian
ancestry (8.4%), along with some French ancestry residents
(5.8%), among others. In addition, 12.3% of the residents of this neighborhood were
born in another country.
The Neighbors: Languages
The most common language spoken in the Happy Valley
neighborhood is English, spoken by 89.8% of households. Some people also speak Spanish (2.2%).