Age 5-17

Age 18-64

Age 65+

Speak only English 44% 47% 54%
Speak Spanish & speak English well 48% 40% 21%
Speak Spanish & does not speak English well 8% 13% 24%

 

Children enrolled in private school through the 12th grade:
1,937
Persons enrolled in college 5,802
   
Persons with associate degree 1,454
Persons with bachelor degree 3,591
Persons with graduate or professional degree 2,707

 

Employment by 10 largest industries:  
Health 3,777
Retail 2,656
Misc. professional 2,249
Finance, insurance, real estate 2,085
Education 2,043
Business and repair services 1,748
Manufacturing of nondurable goods 1,562
Transportation 1,424
Public administration 1,309
Manufacturing of durable goods 1,007
   
Persons employed as managers 1,913
Professionals 3,678
   
Government workers 5,759
   
Household income $30,000-$50,000 4,179
Household income $50,000-$100,000 2,694
Household income over $100,000 435
   
Aggregate income of households with income over $150,000
$119,770,000
   
Households with interest, dividend or rental income
3,320
   
Percent of families with 2 or more workers 33%



Total housing units 28,107
   
Studios & 1 bedrooms 38%
Two bedrooms 38%
Three or more bedrooms 24%
   
Units renting for $750-$999 1,044
Units renting for $1,000 or more 479
   
Owner occupied units 1,635
Median value of owner occupied housing unit $165,300

Analysts, in looking at data from this neighborhood, often emphasize the number of people in poverty.  However, another point of view is equally valid. The neighborhood contains a substantial, and growing, middle class. The median home value is above the national average, for example.

Even the minority of families (32%) with public assistance income, recent studies and experience have confirmed, do not rely on this income (an average of $4,240 per household receiving assistance) for most of their income. Likewise, a recent study that received broad national attention, looked at people on welfare in several cities in the U.S. Research indicated that 213 of 214 families on welfare received unreported sources of income. This only makes sense, since the income provided by welfare is not enough for a family to live on, and these families are alive.

Official statistics do not include most of the substantial and varied cash-based economy. Economists recognize that purchasing power in this kind of neighborhood is substantially higher than is measured by government statistics. From personal experience, we know of many legitimate workers and tradespeople in the neighborhood whose income is largely in cash.

Dr. Howard Sharpe, an expert on national income statistics, points out that the fact that median home prices are higher than the national average is perhaps the most significant statistic. Income statistics are notoriously understated throughout the country. Thus an expenditure statistic, like home prices, becomes a more accurate barometer of spending power because it is more likely to be accurate than income statistics.