Belle is a very small town located in the state of West Virginia. With a population of 1,146 people and just one neighborhood, Belle is the 146th largest community in West Virginia.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Belle is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Belle is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Belle who work in office and administrative support (11.02%), healthcare (10.17%), and personal care services (8.26%).
The education level of Belle citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.21% of adults in Belle have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Belle in 2018 was $26,459, which is upper middle income relative to West Virginia, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $105,836 for a family of four. However, Belle contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Belle home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Belle residents report their race to be White. Important ancestries of people in Belle include German, English, Irish, Swedish, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Belle is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Spanish.
Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Belle, the neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
The government often provides some of the more stable jobs in the economy. From local, to state, to federal government workers, the government can also be a major employer. What NeighborhoodScout's analysis revealed, is that the neighborhood in particular stands out when compared nationally for the proportion of its working residents who are employed by the government. At 17.8% of its workforce, this neighborhood has a greater concentration of government workers than 98.3% of U.S. neighborhoods.
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 Belle are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 66.2% of U.S. neighborhoods. In addition, 9.5% 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 52.8% of America's neighborhoods.
What we choose to do for a living reflects who we are. Each neighborhood has a different mix of occupations represented, and together these tell you about the neighborhood and help you understand if this neighborhood may fit your lifestyle.
In the neighborhood, 40.2% 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 31.1% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations (18.8%), and 17.8% in government jobs, whether they are in local, state, or federal positions.
The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 99.4% of households. Some people also speak Italian (3.0%).
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 neighborhood in Belle, WV, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as English (8.0%). There are also a number of people of Irish ancestry (7.0%), and residents who report German roots (6.6%), and some of the residents are also of Scottish ancestry (4.5%), along with some Scots-Irish ancestry residents (1.8%), among others.
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 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (42.4% of working residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.
Here most residents (85.9%) 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 (11.5%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.