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 Fern Hill neighborhood in Tacoma are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower
than 73.9% of U.S. neighborhoods.
With 47.2% of the children here below the federal poverty
line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 88.7%
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 Fern Hill neighborhood, 37.7% of the working population is employed in
sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants.
The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is
manufacturing and laborer occupations, with 25.9% of the residents employed.
Other residents here are employed in executive, management, and professional occupations
(22.1%), and 13.5% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.
The Neighbors: Ethnicity / Ancestry
Culture is shared learned behavior. We learn it from our parents, their parents,
our houses of worship, and much of our culture – our learned behavior - comes
from our ancestors. That is why ancestry and ethnicity can be so interesting
and important to understand: places with concentrations of people of one or
more ancestries often express those shared learned behaviors and this gives
each neighborhood its own culture. Even different neighborhoods in the same
city can have drastically different cultures.
In the Fern Hill neighborhood in Tacoma, WA, residents
most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (16.2%).
There are also a number of people of Asian
ancestry (16.0%), and residents who report Irish roots
(15.7%), and some of the residents are also of Mexican
ancestry (8.9%), along with some English ancestry residents
(6.3%), among others. In addition, 16.5% 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 Fern Hill
neighborhood is English, spoken by 76.1% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish, Mon-Khmer (the dominant language of Cambodia) and Vietnamese.