Blacksburg, VA
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Blacksburg is a medium-sized town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 44,563 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Blacksburg is the 23rd largest community in Virginia.

Blacksburg real estate is some of the most expensive in Virginia, although Blacksburg house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Blacksburg is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.32% 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 (20.21%), food service (12.28%), and sales jobs (10.87%).

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.

Blacksburg is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Blacksburg have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Blacksburg’s economy is one such example of this.

Blacksburg, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the town.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Blacksburg spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.39 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

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.

If knowledge is power, Blacksburg is a pretty powerful place. 73.13% of the adults in Blacksburg have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Blacksburg in 2010 was $21,157, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $84,628 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 43.66% 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

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