Demographics & Economics

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In terms of average age and education, the Mount Ida neighborhood does not vary significantly compared to the City.  Average age in the neighborhood is about 36 compared to 34 in the City.  Although the neighborhood has more 25+ year old residents with less than a 9th grade education compared to the City, the neighborhood also has more high school graduates.  Overall, there are no glaring differences in educational attainment.

In terms of occupations and incomes, there are some notable differences.  About 48% of residents in the Mount Ida neighborhood have occupations classified as blue collar, service or farm related, compared to about 37% for City residents.  The Mount Ida neighborhood has long been considered a working class area and demographic data continue to reflect that characteristic.  The median household income in the Mount Ida neighborhood is about $23,000 compared to about $28,000 in the City, yet on a per capita basis, the incomes in the two areas are almost equal.

Housing comparisons between the Mount Ida neighborhood and the City show some differences as well as similarities.  The data show a low proportion of owner-occupied housing in both areas, but particularly in the study area.  Less than ¼ of the housing is owner-occupied in the study area and more than ¾ is renter occupied.  Fewer than 1 in 8 housing units in the study area are single family residences.  For the City, these ratios are 1/3 owner occupied and 2/3 renter occupied and single family residences number about 1 in 5.

The vast majority (more than 75%) of housing in both areas is more than 50 years old.  Although the City has a wider range of age and styles, the concentration and narrower range of styles of housing in the neighborhood gives the area a unique ambience.  The values of owner-occupied housing shows a wider range in the City compared to the study area, but the median values fall within a few percent of each other.

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