The Villages, FL
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The Villages is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Florida. With a population of 62,250 people and two constituent neighborhoods, The Villages is the 58th largest community in Florida. Much of the housing stock in The Villages was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local The Villages economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in The Villages, where the median household income is $56,672.00.

The Villages is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.85% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, The Villages is a town of sales and office workers, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in The Villages who work in sales jobs (20.35%), office and administrative support (16.80%), and management occupations (14.67%).

A relatively large number of people in The Villages telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 17.15% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, The Villages is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

The population of The Villages is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 37.78% of adults in The Villages have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in The Villages in 2010 was $39,504, which is wealthy relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $158,016 for a family of four.

The people who call The Villages home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of The Villages residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in The Villages include English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in The Villages is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.