Ashland, VA
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Ashland is a somewhat small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 7,503 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Ashland is the 94th largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some towns, Ashland isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Ashland are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ashland is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ashland who work in office and administrative support (17.86%), sales jobs (14.01%), and food service (9.98%).

In addition, Ashland is a college town. There are a lot of students in Ashland attending college, and as a result Ashland provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

As is often the case in a small town, Ashland doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The population of Ashland overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Ashland, 23.38% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Ashland in 2010 was $23,273, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $93,092 for a family of four. However, Ashland contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Ashland is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Ashland home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ashland residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Ashland include Irish, German, Scots-Irish, and African.

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