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Alma, WV

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Overview


Alma is a very small town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 1,660 people and just one neighborhood, Alma is the 119th largest community in West Virginia.

Occupations and Workforce

Alma is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Alma is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Alma who work in healthcare suport services (18.28%), teaching (18.15%), and office and administrative support (15.19%).

Setting & Lifestyle

The overall crime rate in Alma is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.

Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Alma is worth considering.

One downside of living in Alma, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 37.48 minutes every day commuting to work.

Being a small town, Alma does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

Demographics

The citizens of Alma are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.17% of adults in Alma have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Alma in 2018 was $23,233, which is middle income relative to West Virginia, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $92,932 for a family of four. However, Alma contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Alma home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Alma residents report their race to be White. Important ancestries of people in Alma include Irish, English, German, Dutch, and European.

The most common language spoken in Alma is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Spanish.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

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Real Estate

Vacant homes and apartments are a significant characteristic of this neighborhood. In fact, with 43.5% of the residential real estate vacant, the neighborhood claims the distinction of having a higher vacancy rate than 97.8% of the neighborhoods in America. This can either be because much of the property is seasonally occupied, like in many vacation areas, or that much of the real estate is more permanently abandoned.

In addition, this neighborhood has wide open spaces, few people, and lots of space to stretch out. If you like locations that fit that description, you may like this neighborhood. Based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis, with only 12 people per square mile living here, this neighborhood is less crowded than 96.5% of America. One of the notable things about is that it is one of the quietest neighborhoods in America, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis and quantitative rating of quietness. When you are here, you will find it to be very quiet. If quiet and peaceful are your cup of tea, you may have found a great place for you.

People

According to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis, is among the best neighborhoods for families in West Virginia. In fact, this neighborhood is more family-friendly than 95.6% of neighborhoods in the entire state of West Virginia. Its combination of top public schools, low crime rates, and owner-occupied single family homes gives this area the look and feel of a "Leave It to Beaver" episode. Many other families also live here, making it easy to socialize and develop a strong sense of community. In addition, the high number of college-educated parents influences the academic success of the local schools. Overall, you will find all of the amenities a family needs to thrive in the neighborhood.

Diversity

Did you know that the neighborhood has more Dutch ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 3.8% of this neighborhood's residents have Dutch ancestry.

The Neighbors

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 neighborhood in Alma are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 75.7% of U.S. neighborhoods. In addition, 7.1% 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 59.0% of America's neighborhoods.

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 neighborhood, 33.5% of the working population is employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is executive, management, and professional occupations, with 29.4% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations (26.9%), and 10.2% in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants.

Languages

The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 98.4% of households. Some people also speak Italian (2.1%).

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 neighborhood in Alma, WV, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Irish (9.9%). There are also a number of people of English ancestry (9.7%), and residents who report German roots (9.6%), and some of the residents are also of Dutch ancestry (3.8%), along with some Italian ancestry residents (1.3%), among others.

Getting to Work

Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend between 30 and 45 minutes commuting one-way to work (38.9% of working residents), which is at or a bit above the average length of a commute across all U.S. neighborhoods.

Here most residents (85.3%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (9.2%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.


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