Blue Ridge is a very small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 3,082 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Blue Ridge is the 173rd largest community in Virginia.
Unlike some towns, Blue Ridge isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Blue Ridge are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Blue Ridge is a town of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Blue Ridge who work in sales jobs (17.35%), management occupations (15.02%), and office and administrative support (12.21%).
Also of interest is that Blue Ridge has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Blue Ridge is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Blue Ridge’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
Blue Ridge is a very car-oriented town. 0.98% of residents commute to work in a private automobile rather than by other means, such as public transit, bicycling, or walking. This is because Blue Ridge is a small town , and most people who live here have to drive out of town for work, and the town population is not large nor dense enough to support an extensive public transportation system. Blue Ridge has a lot of rural roads, and houses can be far apart. Many residents drive out of town for regular shopping trips as well.
Being a small town, Blue Ridge does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The education level of Blue Ridge citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.50% of adults in Blue Ridge have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Blue Ridge in 2010 was $30,460, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $121,840 for a family of four. However, Blue Ridge contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Blue Ridge home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Blue Ridge residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Blue Ridge include German, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Blue Ridge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Arabic and Portuguese.