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The Near West Side is home to approximately 92,147 people; in the Pilsen community, 81% of families are Hispanic or of Hispanic descent. Of these families, the majority are from Mexico. Approximately 21,584 are children enrolled in area schools, almost a fourth of the population. Pilsen is a ‘low-to-moderate income’ area with 24.7% of families below poverty level and 41% living at or below median income. In addition, 63% of the employed population works in service, construction or production occupations. The majority of residents (56%) have less than a high school diploma and 17% speak only Spanish. Sixty-seven percent of homes were built before 1939. There are over 400 shops around Pilsen and over 200 companies in the Industrial Corridor, where 70% of the employees are Pilsen residents. Empty storefronts usually do not stay vacant for long, indicating a strong entrepreneurial spirit in the neighborhood.