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.
Blue Ridge is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (14.10%), management occupations (12.03%), and office and administrative support (10.13%).
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.
Because of many things, Blue Ridge is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Blue Ridge really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Blue Ridge perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
Blue Ridge is a very car-oriented town. 96.89% 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 overall education level of Blue Ridge citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.43% of adults in Blue Ridge have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Blue Ridge in 2010 was $36,199, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $144,796 for a family of four.
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 English, Irish, German, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Blue Ridge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Arabic.