As a highly commercial region, I understood that the observations made during the week would be greatly different from those gathered during the weekend. While I had very few preconceived notions about the region, I was somewhat familiar with the area from having visited the convention center, as well as the Tacoma Art Museum on a couple of occasions. The exact observations were conducted by driving alone throughout the neighbourhood, and then on the weekend investigation stopping and eating at one of the area establishments and walking proceeding to walk throughout parts of the area. My original impressions were that the area was not entirely affluent, but the quaint construction of its shops and amenable streets and vegetation made it an altogether attractive region within to shop and visit.
A large majority of the information in this section was gathered and analyzed from the 2000 United States Census Report. There was not a 2006-2008 report available, so it can be reasonably assumed the figures do not correspond exactly to the contemporary neighborhood. however, the census figures are a great tool in developing a general estimation of the neighborhood demographics and culture.
70% of the population is white, with 16.3% African American, and 4.9% Asian. The 2.7% Alaska or Native American population is significantly higher than the nation’s .9% average and can be attributed possibly to Washington’s proximity to Alaska relative to the rest of the country. The rest of the racial makeup of the population is comprised of 4.9% Hispanic or Latino, .06% pacific islander, 4.3% mixed race, and 1.3% a race not listed. In great part, this seems like a typically majority-white neighborhood. When considering the educational level of the neighborhood, the average level of attainment is slightly lower than the national average.