Refugio is a very small town located in the state of Texas. With a population of 2,790 people and just one neighborhood, Refugio is the 551st largest community in Texas.
Unlike some towns, Refugio isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Refugio are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Refugio is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Refugio who work in office and administrative support (15.24%), food service (13.55%), and sales jobs (10.54%).
Refugio is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
In Refugio, just 6.73% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.
The per capita income in Refugio in 2018 was $22,155, which is lower middle income relative to Texas, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,620 for a family of four. However, Refugio contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Refugio is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Refugio home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Refugio, accounting for 56.90% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Refugio residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Refugio include German, Irish, Italian, English, and French.
The most common language spoken in Refugio is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.
When you see a neighborhood for the first time, the most important thing is often the way it looks, like its homes and its setting. 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 very unique in some important ways, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive exploration and analysis.
The neighborhood is unique for having just 5.3% of adults here having earned a bachelor's degree. This is a lower rate of college graduates than NeighborhoodScout found in 96.7% of America's neighborhoods.
In addition, there is an especially high percentage of incarcerated people (0.7%) living in the neighborhood.
Vacant homes and apartments are a significant characteristic of this neighborhood. In fact, with 35.3% of the residential real estate vacant, the neighborhood claims the distinction of having a higher vacancy rate than 96.2% of the neighborhoods in America. This can either be because much of the property is seasonally occupied, like in many vacation areas, or that much of the real estate is more permanently abandoned.
In addition, unpopulated, and rural, the neighborhood is one of the least crowded neighborhoods in all of America. If you like open space, no traffic, and lots of room, this neighborhood may be just what you are looking for. According to NeighborhoodScout's leading research, this neighborhood is less densely populated than 95.0% of the neighborhoods in America.
From major sales accounts to fast-food workers, sales and service employees are often the backbone of the local economy. In the neighborhood, they truly stand out. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis identifies this neighborhood as having a higher percentage of sales and service workers than 95.9% of all American neighborhoods.
How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to 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. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.
The neighbors in the neighborhood in Refugio are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 75.9% of U.S. neighborhoods. With 30.1% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 80.6% of U.S. neighborhoods.
The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations shape the culture of a place.
In the neighborhood, 39.7% of the working population is employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations, with 24.7% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations (24.2%), and 10.0% in executive, management, and professional occupations.
The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 70.3% of households. Some people also speak Spanish (29.4%).
Culture is the shared learned behavior of peoples. Undeniably, different ethnicities and ancestries have different cultural traditions, and as a result, neighborhoods with concentrations of residents of one or another ethnicities or ancestries will express those cultures. It is what makes the North End in Boston so fun to visit for the Italian restaurants, bakeries, culture, and charm, and similarly, why people enjoy visiting Chinatown in San Francisco.
In the neighborhood in Refugio, TX, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Mexican (49.4%). There are also a number of people of German ancestry (9.2%), and residents who report Irish roots (9.1%), and some of the residents are also of Italian ancestry (3.1%), along with some English ancestry residents (2.0%), among others.
Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend under 15 minutes commuting one-way to work (54.3% of working residents), one of the shortest commutes across America.
Here most residents (76.9%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (14.7%) and 5.8% of residents also hop out the door and walk to work for their daily commute. In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.