West Lake Forest Statistical Area

Last update: Apr 19, 2019

Finding the information you need within long rows of numbers is a tricky task, even under the best of conditions. The task has become harder since the Census Bureau began using a new method for providing important neighborhood data like income, poverty, and educational attainment that is averaged over five years and has large margins of error.

For this reason, we’ve added a variety of notes to these data tables, as well as links to the definition for each indicator. Our aim is to explain details of the data that are sometimes misleading, and also to point you to additional information that you may find useful for program planning and grantwriting.

People & Household Characteristics

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Total numbers   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
Population   9,596 4,446 422   484,674 388,182 na   281,421,906 321,004,407 na
Total households   3,578 1,853 102   188,251 154,895 1,162   105,480,101 118,825,921 229,026
Family households   2,377 867 109   112,977 75,924 1,070   71,787,347 78,298,703 221,073

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.
na: This estimate was controlled, therefore calculation of margins of error is not necessary.

What’s the difference between households and families? The Census definition of family is people living together who are ‘’related… by birth, marriage, or adoption.’’ In contrast, the definition of household is ‘’all the persons who occupy a housing unit.’’

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Gender   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
Female   55.1% 52.0% 1.8%   53.1% 52.3% 0.0%   50.9% 50.8% 0.0%
Male   44.9% 48.0% 4.3%   46.9% 47.7% 0.0%   49.1% 49.2% 0.0%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Age   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
4 years old and under   10.6% 7.9% 2.5%   6.9% 6.0% 0.0%   6.8% 6.2% 0.0%
5-9 years old   9.6% 5.8% 1.7%   7.7% 6.0% 0.2%   7.3% 6.4% 0.0%
10-14 years old   8.3% 5.5% 1.9%   7.6% 5.2% 0.2%   7.3% 6.5% 0.0%
15-17 years old   4.8% 2.5% 1.2%   4.5% 3.1% 0.0%   4.3% 3.9% 0.0%
18-34 years old   32.3% 26.7% 3.5%   25.9% 28.2% 0.2%   23.8% 23.4% 0.0%
35-49 years old   19.2% 19.1% 2.8%   21.9% 18.9% 0.3%   23.2% 19.2% 0.0%
50-64 years old   10.8% 19.7% 2.5%   13.8% 19.7% 0.2%   14.9% 19.6% 0.0%
65-74 years old   2.3% 9.5% 1.8%   6.0% 7.8% 0.2%   6.5% 8.6% 0.0%
75-84 years old   1.4% 2.2% 1.4%   4.2% 3.5% 0.1%   4.4% 4.4% 0.0%
85 years old and older   0.9% 1.3% 0.9%   1.5% 1.6% 0.1%   1.5% 1.9% 0.0%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.
na: This estimate was controlled, therefore calculation of margins of error is not necessary.

Compare with caution. The American Community Survey (ACS) questions on Racial and ethnic diversity were revised to be consistent with 2010 Census questions. For this reason, differences between Census 2000 and more recent American Community Survey data may be a result of demographic changes and/or differences in question wording. The Census Bureau advises to compare Racial and ethnic diversity data between these surveys with caution.

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Racial & ethnic diversity   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
Black or African American   95.4% 95.1% 2.9%   66.7% 59.1% 0.1%   12.1% 12.3% 0.0%
White   2.0% 0.3% 0.3%   26.6% 30.6% 0.0%   69.1% 61.5% 0.0%
Asian   0.4% 0.0% 0.4%   2.3% 2.9% 0.1%   3.6% 5.3% 0.0%
American Indian   0.2% 0.0% 0.4%   0.2% 0.1% 0.0%   0.7% 0.7% 0.0%
2 race categories   0.7% 1.1% 1.2%   1.0% 1.4% 0.1%   1.6% 2.3% 0.0%
Hispanic (any race)   1.3% 2.6% 0.8%   3.1% 5.5% 0.1%   12.5% 17.6% 0.0%
Other   0.1% 0.9% 1.3%   0.2% 0.3% 0.0%   0.3% 0.4% 0.0%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.

Which number do you need? There are many ways to look at household characteristics. We use “households” rather than “families” because of the Census’ narrow and changing definition of “family.” To get a more complete perspective, households by type is provided, as well as types of households in which children and the elderly live. Note, due to major revisions of survey questions pertaining to Household Type, Family Type, and Subfamilies, the Census Bureau advises against comparing between Census 2000 and more recent American Community Survey data for these indicators. Therefore, data for the Households by type and Children in households tables will be updated next with the release of Census 2020 data.

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Households by type   2000 2010   2000 2010   2000 2010
Total Households   3,578 1,468   188,251 142,158   105,480,101 116,716,292
Female householder (no husband present) with children under 18   28.3% 30.1%   17.7% 13.7%   8.4% 8.5%
Male householder (no wife present) with children under 18   4.1% 5.1%   2.5% 2.7%   2.4% 2.8%
Married-couple family, with children under 18   15.8% 11.1%   14.8% 11.1%   24.9% 21.7%
Nonfamily households, with children under 18   0.4% 0.3%   0.3% 0.2%   0.4% 0.3%
Households with no people under 18 years   51.5% 53.3%   64.7% 72.3%   64.0% 66.6%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Children in households   2000 2010   2000 2010   2000 2010
Population under 18 years in households   3,161 1,255   128,785 72,917   71,970,901 73,920,881
Children living as head of household   0.1% 0.0%   0.1% 0.1%   0.1% 0.1%
Children living with mother only   48.5% 55.1%   39.3% 39.6%   18.5% 20.0%
Children living with father only   6.1% 7.8%   4.7% 6.7%   4.9% 6.2%
Children living with married parents   29.1% 19.9%   35.9% 34.3%   66.3% 61.5%
Children living with grandparents   10.5% 12.1%   14.9% 14.2%   6.3% 7.9%
Children living with other relatives   4.0% 4.2%   3.7% 4.0%   2.1% 2.6%
Children living with non-relatives   1.7% 0.8%   1.5% 1.2%   1.9% 1.8%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Elderly in households   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
Elderly in households   259 578 98   53,375 48,433 335   32,998,132 46,218,814 5,942
Living in family households   67.2% 48.4% 11.7%   62.6% 61.4% 1.2%   68.0% 69.6% 0.2%
Living alone   30.1% 43.6% 11.5%   34.2% 34.8% 1.1%   29.5% 27.1% 0.2%
Living in nonfamily households   2.7% 8.0% 6.6%   3.2% 3.9% 0.5%   2.5% 3.4% 0.0%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.

Housing & Housing Costs

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Occupancy status   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
Total housing units (full count)   3,986 2,301 74   215,091 191,633 488   115,904,641 135,393,564 8,863
Occupied housing units   89.8% 80.5% 3.6%   87.5% 80.8% 0.6%   91.0% 87.8% 0.2%
Vacant housing units   10.2% 19.5% 3.9%   12.5% 19.2% 0.6%   9.0% 12.2% 0.2%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Renters and owners   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
Total occupied housing units   3,578 1,853 102   188,251 154,895 1,162   105,480,101 118,825,921 229,026
Owner occupied   23.8% 33.3% 3.3%   46.5% 47.1% 0.6%   66.2% 63.8% 0.3%
Renter occupied   76.2% 66.7% 3.6%   53.5% 52.9% 0.7%   33.8% 36.2% 0.1%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Mortgage status   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
Owned with a mortgage or a loan   85.5% 39.1% 8.8%   67.0% 55.3% 0.7%   67.4% 63.5% 0.1%
Owned free and clear   14.5% 60.9% 9.6%   33.0% 44.7% 0.9%   32.6% 36.5% 0.2%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 3 (SF3) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.

What’s the difference between contract rent and gross rent? Contract rent is the monthly rent agreed to (for example, the “rent” amount one finds advertised in the Classifieds), while gross rent is the contract rent plus the estimated monthly costs of utilities (electricity, gas, water, sewer and fuels) whether they are paid for by the owner or the renter. Using gross rent helps to understand the total housing costs and eliminates the effect of the different payment arrangements such as water or electricity included in rent.

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Average rental cost (in 2017 dollars)   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
Average contract rent   na $643 $82   na $842 $20   na $954 $5
Average gross rent   na $819 $103   na $1,012 $23   na $1,106 $5

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level. na: This question was asked differently in 2000 and therefore is not comparable to 2013-2017.

How much house can a person afford? Census data can be used to determine how many households might be struggling to meet the costs associated with housing. There is no “magic number” to determine whether housing is affordable or not. According to conventional mortgage underwriting guidelines, the maximum amount of gross income that can be used for mortgage payments alone is 28%; the total for all debt payments including projected mortgage payments is 36%. The 28% threshold does not include other housing costs such as homeowner’s insurance, taxes and utilities, and the 36% number includes non-housing costs such as credit card debt and car payments.

With this in mind, we aimed for a threshold in between those two. The closest number published by the Census is whether households are paying 30% or more of income on housing. And this is the number used by the federal government for many of their housing programs.

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Housing affordability by owner/renter status   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
Owner occupied paying 30% or more of income on housing   na 27.8% 10.4%   na 31.7% 1.2%   na 23.9% 0.1%
Renter occupied paying 30% or more of income on housing   na 72.4% 8.2%   na 61.1% 1.1%   na 50.6% 0.2%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.
na: This question was asked differently in 2000 and therefore is not comparable to 2013-2017.

Income & Poverty

People can have more than one source of income. The indicators we’ve compiled look at the percent of households that reported each type of income. We hope that this approach will paint a useful picture of how households in the neighborhood get their income.

What these numbers cannot tell you is whether each of these categories of reported income is the primary source or whether, for example, self-employment is a second job. Therefore, these data points cannot be combined.

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Household income type   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
Wage or salary income   83.5% 65.1% 5.0%   73.3% 71.2% 0.6%   77.7% 74.9% 0.1%
Self-employment income   3.4% 2.6% 1.4%   8.7% 10.7% 0.4%   11.9% 10.7% 0.0%
Interest, dividends, or net rental income   8.1% 7.3% 2.6%   23.7% 16.4% 0.4%   35.9% 21.1% 0.1%
Social Security income   11.9% 26.3% 4.7%   24.7% 26.2% 0.4%   25.7% 30.6% 0.0%
Supplemental security income   5.2% 16.2% 4.3%   7.8% 8.2% 0.4%   4.4% 5.4% 0.0%
Public assistance income   8.7% 3.8% 2.1%   5.4% 1.9% 0.2%   3.4% 2.6% 0.0%
Retirement income   10.2% 14.7% 3.2%   13.4% 12.6% 0.4%   16.7% 18.4% 0.1%
Other types of income   11.0% 11.3% 3.6%   12.4% 6.8% 0.4%   13.2% 11.2% 0.0%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.

The preferred measure for income is median, rather than average, because medians are not affected by extreme values. Because the Census doesn’t release the individual data points necessary to calculate medians, we do not present medians for specific neighborhoods. But, you can go to the Census web site to get median incomes for specific census tracts and some cities and towns.

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Average household income   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
Average household income (in 2017 dollars)   $46,474 $35,052 $4,145.36   $62,113 $67,224 $1,456.98   $81,488 $81,283 $347.80

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Income distribution   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
Less than $10,000   22.4% 22.9% 4.8%   21.0% 14.8% 0.5%   9.5% 6.7% 0.0%
$10,000-14,999   8.4% 8.5% 3.2%   9.6% 8.1% 0.4%   6.3% 4.9% 0.0%
$15,000-19,999   10.3% 10.4% 3.5%   8.3% 6.7% 0.4%   6.3% 4.8% 0.0%
$20,000-24,999   9.1% 8.9% 3.0%   7.5% 6.2% 0.3%   6.6% 5.0% 0.0%
$25,000-29,999   5.9% 7.8% 3.1%   7.2% 6.0% 0.3%   6.4% 4.7% 0.0%
$30,000-34,999   10.9% 4.9% 2.4%   6.3% 4.7% 0.3%   6.4% 4.8% 0.0%
$35,000-39,999   6.2% 4.4% 1.9%   5.4% 4.2% 0.3%   5.9% 4.5% 0.0%
$40,000-44,999   3.8% 6.0% 2.4%   4.6% 4.4% 0.3%   5.7% 4.5% 0.0%
$45,000-49,999   4.4% 4.6% 2.3%   4.0% 3.7% 0.2%   5.0% 4.0% 0.0%
$50,000-59,999   6.2% 6.2% 2.3%   6.1% 6.1% 0.3%   9.0% 7.7% 0.0%
$60,000-74,999   7.0% 5.9% 2.6%   6.5% 7.5% 0.4%   10.4% 9.9% 0.0%
$75,000-99,999   3.1% 3.5% 1.9%   5.7% 8.8% 0.3%   10.2% 12.3% 0.0%
$100,000-124,999   0.7% 2.2% 1.6%   2.8% 5.7% 0.3%   5.2% 8.6% 0.0%
$125,000-149,999   0.5% 1.3% 1.4%   1.4% 3.5% 0.2%   2.5% 5.4% 0.0%
$150,000-199,999   0.6% 2.3% 1.4%   1.4% 4.0% 0.2%   2.2% 5.8% 0.0%
$200,000 or more   0.5% 0.0% 0.9%   2.2% 5.5% 0.3%   2.4% 6.3% 0.0%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.

Most experts agree that the Census’ definition of poverty is flawed. The Census still uses the federal definition for poverty that was first created in 1964. Although it has been adjusted for inflation, it had some flaws back then, and it has even more flaws now.

The original calculations were based on studies from the early 1960s that indicated that family food costs were about one-third of a family’s budget. At that time, no similar studies on a family’s housing costs existed. So, the federal government simply estimated the cost of a nutritionally adequate diet in 1964 and multiplied that by three to come up with a minimum family budget. But housing costs have risen much faster than food costs since 1964.

Today food costs are estimated to be only 20-25% of a family’s budget, so multiplying food costs by three would not be enough to pay for basic needs today - yet that is the assumption behind the current poverty estimates. The current calculations don’t count non-cash government aid, such as Medicaid or food stamps, as income, and don’t account for medical out of pocket costs, a particularly large expense for seniors. And they aren’t adjusted for differences in costs of living in different parts of the country. Given these flaws, some researchers around the country have tried to develop alternative measures that would really get at who has an adequate income and who doesn’t.

In the meantime, the poverty data below is probably still the best place to start when describing need in your community.

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Population in poverty   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
People living in poverty   27.2% 31.0% 6.7%   27.9% 25.4% 0.7%   12.4% 14.6% 0.1%
People living at or above poverty   72.8% 69.0% 6.1%   72.1% 74.6% 0.7%   87.6% 85.4% 0.1%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.

Transportation

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Vehicles available   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
No vehicle available   25.6% 22.9% 5.1%   27.3% 19.2% 0.6%   10.3% 8.8% 0.0%
1 vehicle available   50.2% 55.6% 5.9%   42.3% 44.7% 0.8%   34.2% 33.2% 0.0%
2 or more vehicles available   24.2% 21.5% 7.3%   30.4% 36.1% 1.0%   55.5% 58.0% 0.1%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Type of transportation, workers 16+   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
Car, truck, or van   77.5% 87.8% 4.6%   76.4% 77.8% 0.7%   87.9% 85.6% 0.1%
Public transportation   17.7% 8.8% 3.8%   13.2% 7.6% 0.5%   4.6% 5.1% 0.0%
Bicycle   0.0% 0.0% 1.0%   1.2% 3.2% 0.2%   0.4% 0.6% 0.0%
Walked   2.2% 2.4% 2.2%   5.2% 5.0% 0.3%   2.9% 2.7% 0.0%
Other means   0.8% 1.0% 1.7%   1.3% 1.7% 0.2%   1.0% 1.2% 0.0%
Worked from home   1.8% 0.0% 1.0%   2.7% 4.9% 0.3%   3.3% 4.7% 0.0%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Travel time to work, workers 16+   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
Average travel time to work (minutes)   29 27 5   26 24 0   26 26 0
Less than 30 minutes   56.7% 58.1% 6.9%   66.4% 68.6% 1.1%   65.5% 62.5% 0.1%
30 to 44 minutes   28.0% 26.0% 5.8%   20.3% 20.4% 0.7%   19.1% 20.5% 0.0%
45 to 59 minutes   7.7% 10.8% 4.1%   6.1% 4.6% 0.3%   7.4% 8.1% 0.0%
More than 60 minutes   7.6% 5.2% 2.6%   7.2% 6.4% 0.5%   8.0% 8.9% 0.0%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.

Educational Attainment

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Level of schooling, 18+   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
Less than 9th grade   3.5% 3.1% 1.9%   7.2% 3.9% 0.2%   7.1% 5.0% 0.0%
9th to 12th grade, no diploma   16.0% 19.3% 3.5%   18.2% 10.2% 0.4%   13.2% 7.8% 0.0%
High school diploma or GED   30.3% 23.7% 4.0%   24.0% 23.3% 0.5%   28.6% 27.7% 0.0%
Some college, no degree   29.0% 37.2% 4.3%   24.2% 24.8% 0.5%   22.8% 23.3% 0.0%
Associate’s degree   5.0% 3.9% 1.8%   3.3% 4.2% 0.2%   6.0% 7.9% 0.0%
Bachelor’s degree   12.2% 9.0% 2.1%   13.9% 19.6% 0.4%   14.5% 17.9% 0.0%
Graduate or professional degree   3.9% 3.8% 1.8%   9.2% 13.9% 0.3%   7.8% 10.4% 0.0%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.

Language

English as a second language and ability to speak English. The Census asks whether a language other than English is spoken at home. People who do speak a language other than English at home are then asked to report how well they speak English.

We’ve combined the categories of people who speak only English at home with those who speak another language at home but report that they speak English “well.” This way we can focus on data about those individuals for whom speaking English is a barrier.

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
English as a second language   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*   2000 2013-2017 MOE*
Native English speaker or speaks English as a second language ‘well’ or ‘very well’   99.3% 100.0% 2.6%   98.7% 98.3% 0.5%   95.8% 95.5% 0.1%
Speaks Spanish at home and speaks English ‘not well’ or ‘not at all’   0.4% 0.0% 0.8%   0.6% 0.9% 0.1%   3.0% 3.2% 0.0%
Speaks other languages at home and speaks English ‘not well’ or ‘not at all’   0.3% 0.0% 1.4%   0.7% 0.8% 0.1%   1.2% 1.3% 0.0%

Source: The Data Center analysis of data from U.S. Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF1) and 2013-2017 American Community Survey
* Margins of error (MOE) for the 2013-2017 ACS data are based on a 90% confidence level.

Employment

Workers living in the neighborhood. The Census Bureau collects data on the monthly earnings of workers living in a neighborhood, along with the industry sector they work in.

Definitions and source links
  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Workers living in the neighborhood by wage level   2004 2015   2004 2015   2004 2015
Total number of workers living in the neighborhood   3,179 1,625   141,718 141,718   na na
$1,250 per month or less   37.1% 32.0%   23.3% 23.3%   na na
$1,251 - $3,333 per month   48.1% 48.9%   38.7% 38.7%   na na
More than $3,333 per month   14.8% 19.1%   37.9% 37.9%   na na

Source: The Data Center analysis of Local Employment Dynamics, U.S. Census Bureau.
na: This data is unavailable for the United States.

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  West Lake Forest   Orleans Parish   United States
Workers living in the neighborhood by industry sector   2004 2015   2004 2015   2004 2015
Total number of workers living in the neighborhood   3,179 1,625   172,274 141,718   na na
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting   0.0% 0.1%   0.1% 0.1%   na na
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction   0.5% 0.2%   0.7% 0.7%   na na
Utilities   0.4% 0.0%   0.7% 0.2%   na na
Construction   2.0% 3.3%   3.1% 3.6%   na na
Manufacturing   4.0% 2.9%   4.1% 3.1%   na na
Wholesale Trade   3.0% 1.5%   3.0% 2.5%   na na
Retail Trade   11.5% 14.3%   10.3% 10.8%   na na
Transportation and Warehousing   4.4% 4.1%   3.9% 3.9%   na na
Information   1.3% 1.4%   1.8% 2.1%   na na
Finance and Insurance   4.7% 2.7%   4.6% 3.3%   na na
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing   2.2% 2.2%   2.0% 1.8%   na na
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services   5.0% 2.8%   5.6% 6.6%   na na
Management of Companies and Enterprises   2.0% 1.3%   1.6% 1.6%   na na
Administration & Support, Waste Management and Remediation   7.1% 9.7%   7.0% 7.3%   na na
Educational Services   10.4% 7.0%   11.8% 10.3%   na na
Health Care and Social Assistance   14.4% 15.1%   13.7% 14.7%   na na
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation   3.5% 2.4%   3.5% 2.6%   na na
Accommodation and Food Services   14.4% 21.8%   14.5% 17.9%   na na
Other Services (excluding Public Administration)   4.0% 2.9%   3.5% 2.9%   na na
Public Administration   5.1% 4.4%   4.4% 4.2%   na na

Source: The Data Center analysis of Local Employment Dynamics, U.S. Census Bureau.
na: This data is unavailable for the United States.

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