Blacksburg, VA
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Blacksburg is a medium-sized town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 44,215 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Blacksburg is the 23rd largest community in Virginia.

Blacksburg home prices are not only among the most expensive in Virginia, but Blacksburg real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Blacksburg is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.54% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Blacksburg is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Blacksburg who work in teaching (21.56%), food service (13.96%), and management occupations (9.77%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Blacksburg has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Also of interest is that Blacksburg has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because Blacksburg has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Blacksburg lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Blacksburg is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Blacksburg people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.75 minutes getting to work every day.

Blacksburg has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Blacksburg has quite a high level of public transit users. Blacksburg’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Blacksburg, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Blacksburg is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 70.83% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Blacksburg in 2010 was $19,401, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $77,604 for a family of four. However, Blacksburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Blacksburg also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 45.29% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

In addition, Blacksburg has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.57%).

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