Who Are Our Neighbors

Summary

Discussions and responses on the demographic survey “Who are Our Neighbors” uncovered three major themes. See below for the demographic data presented in this survey.

Survey responses focused on continuing and expanding programs:

  • Outreach and engagement with our geographic community by shared meals, pantry assistance, fellowship, and collaboration on these with congregations near us, and with groups already connected to us (scouts, self-help groups, Weekday School families.)
  • Christian Education for all ages to include older adults, singles, widows/ers, teens and tweens. Learning opportunities for life skills such as budgeting, employment, parenting.
  • These descriptive terms came up in responses: listen, inviting, encourage, thoughtful, kindness, which seem to indicate a desire to engage with our neighbors rather than simply message them with outreach.

In light of this the Transitional Ministry Team seeks to find within our congregation the increased levels of skills and support for these endeavors.

Demographic Data

Population

Over the next five years the population within the study area is expected to grow from 37,292 to 37,946 at an average change rate of 0.4% per year. The racial-ethnic mixture of the study area is not anticipated to change.

Age Trends

The average age of all people living in the study area is 36.7 years old, five years younger than the state average, 41.7 years. This difference is expected to continue due to projected increases among those 35 – 54 years old and their children paralleling increases among those over 65 years of age, ~0.4%/year.

Income

The average household in the study area has an annual income of $56,900 while the 78 TTPC households within the study area average $84,800.

Study Area Household Annual Income (outer) versus TTPC households (inner)

Marital Status

Adults in our community are less likely to marry than the state average.

Education

Educational attainment had been rising among our neighbors, but is likely to decline over the next few years. These levels are higher than for all of Florida.

Education attainment by neighbors (outer) versus TTPC members and participants (inner)

Employment

People in the Study Area are much more likely to be employed as Office Administration or a Professional Specialty than the state average. Other occupations are about the state average or well below the state average.

About Robert

Pastor Robert Shaw did not enter the ordained ministry until his third career. Prior to entering the ministry he taught Physics at Nuclear Power School and the served as the Reactor Controls Officer on a US Navy Submarine. He also worked as a Systems Engineer designing, integrating and evaluating Sonar and laser systems.