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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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Quick Facts about VA

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 in VA

  Employed 95.8%
  Unemployed 4.2%

Race in VA

  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 in VA

  Employed 95.8%
  Unemployed 4.2%

Educational Levels in VA

  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 in VA

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 in VA

  Homes Rent 66.2%
  Homes Owned 33.8%

Virginia Rankings

Best places to Live in Virginia

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Virginia Beach 448,290 $259,900 $66,634
Norfolk 245,452 $193,400 $44,480
Chesapeake 230,601 $253,800 $68,620
Arlington 223,945 $607,700 $105,763
Richmond 213,735 $193,700 $40,758
Newport News 181,323 $193,100 $50,077
Alexandria 149,315 $502,500 $89,134
Hampton 137,081 $188,000 $49,190
Roanoke 98,736 $134,400 $39,930
Portsmouth 96,135 $169,800 $45,676
Suffolk 86,184 $235,300 $65,499
Lynchburg 78,158 $149,200 $39,589
Centreville 73,660 $390,500 $105,278
Dale City 72,130 $260,900 $85,462
Reston 60,112 $468,500 $110,401
Harrisonburg 51,388 $199,400 $38,750
Ashburn 48,954 $443,600 $119,090
Leesburg 47,872 $382,800 $103,238
McLean 47,784 $955,800 $186,962
Tuckahoe 47,316 $268,500 $67,292