Ashland, VA

Ashland profile

Living in Ashland

Ashland is a somewhat small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 7,875 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Ashland is the 94th largest community in Virginia.

Ashland is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Ashland is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ashland who work in office and administrative support (11.83%), sales jobs (10.67%), and food service (9.31%).

Ashland is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Ashland to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

In terms of college education, Ashland is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 30.28% of adults in Ashland have a college degree.

The per capita income in Ashland in 2018 was $25,781, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $103,124 for a family of four. However, Ashland contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Ashland is an extremely 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. Ashland also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.85% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ashland include English, German, Irish, Italian, and African.

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