Altavista is a very small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 3,474 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Altavista is the 164th largest community in Virginia.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Altavista is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Altavista is a town of professionals, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Altavista who work in management occupations (10.99%), teaching (10.37%), and food service (10.09%).
Altavista is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
In terms of college education, Altavista is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.70% of adults 25 and older in Altavista have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Altavista in 2010 was $20,073, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,292 for a family of four. However, Altavista contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Altavista is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Altavista home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Altavista residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Altavista include English, Irish, Italian, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Altavista is English. Other important languages spoken here include Urdu and African languages.