When you see a neighborhood for the first time, the most important thing is often how it looks, like its homes and settings. Some places look the same, but they only reveal their true character after living in them for a while because they contain a unique mix of occupational or cultural groups. This neighborhood is unique in some important ways.
How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income, is very formative concerning the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues.
The Lincolnway Village neighborhood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Neighbors are middle-income, making it a moderate-income neighborhood. Exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 40.2% of the areas in America. In addition, 11.2% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood live below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 54.5% of America’s communities.
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 astounding is the sheer diversity of neighborhoods, allowing you to find the type that fits your lifestyle and aspirations.
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 origins often express those shared learned behaviors, giving each neighborhood its own culture. Even different areas in the same city can have drastically different cultures.
In the Lincolnway Village neighborhood in Cedar Rapids, IA, residents commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (30.3%). There are also several people of Irish ancestry (10.6%) and residents who report Sub-Saharan African roots (4.9%), and some of the residents are also of African origin (4.6%), along with some Norwegian ancestry residents (4.1%), among others.
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