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Virginia : What you need to know

Agriculture has always been a key contributor to the Virginia economy, and today 33 percent of the land remains devoted to farming. Other key industries in Virginia are the military, government services and technology, with Virginia having the highest concentration of technology workers of any state. Best places to live in Virginia include Arlington, Alexandria, Abingdon, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Norfolk. More than 175 colleges and universities are in the Commonwealth.

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Virginia Profile

Quick Facts

Population 8,256,630
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $65,015
Median Home Price $245,000
Median Property Tax $1,711
Median Rent $66

Employment Rate

  Employed 95.8%
  Unemployed 4.2%

Race

  Ethnicity White 69%
  Ethnicity Black 19.2%
  Ethnicity Asian 6%
  Ethnicity Hawaiian 0.1%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 8.6%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.3%
  Ethnicity Other 2.2%

Employment Rate

  Employed 95.8%
  Unemployed 4.2%

Educational Levels

  Bachelor's Degree 21%
  Associate's Degree 7.3%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 15.4%
  High School Graduate 24.8%
  Some College, No Degree 19.9%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 36.3%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 88.3%

Industry

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 1%
Construction 6.4%
Manufacturing 7.3%
Wholesale Trade 1.9%
Retail Trade 10.8%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 4.2%
Information 2.1%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 6.3%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 14.7%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 21.8%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 8.9%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 5.3%
Public Administration 9.2%

Housing

  Homes Rent 66.2%
  Homes Owned 33.8%

Virginia Rankings

Best places to Live in Virginia

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Abingdon 8,143 $168,400 $39,405
Accomac 468 $160,300 $39,659
Adwolf 1,418 $94,100 $50,391
Alberta 296 $108,900 $33,056
Alexandria 149,315 $502,500 $89,134
Allisonia 140 $0 $58,333
Altavista 3,464 $112,300 $31,776
Amelia Court House 483 $185,500 $0
Amherst 2,323 $161,900 $49,960
Annandale 42,893 $434,300 $79,774
Appalachia 1,871 $58,900 $32,932
Apple Mountain Lake 1,459 $201,100 $78,370
Appomattox 2,124 $111,400 $26,166
Aquia Harbour 6,975 $324,200 $120,200
Arcola 229 $549,500 $140,724
Arlington 223,945 $607,700 $105,763
Arrington 767 $103,100 $45,656
Ashburn 48,954 $443,600 $119,090
Ashland 7,298 $178,700 $40,902
Atkins 1,009 $68,900 $26,016