Burke, VA
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Burke is a medium-sized town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 43,169 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Burke is the 25th largest community in Virginia.

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

Burke is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.11% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Burke is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Burke who work in management occupations (15.74%), office and administrative support (10.92%), and teaching (9.65%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Burke. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

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

Because of many things, Burke 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, Burke really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Burke 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.

One downside of living in Burke is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Burke, the average commute to work is 34.82 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Burke is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Burke area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Burke is a pretty powerful place. 62.40% of the adults in Burke 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 Burke in 2010 was $48,066, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $192,264 for a family of four.

Burke is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Burke home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Burke residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Burke also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.98% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Burke include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Burke's cultural character, accounting for 21.97% of the town’s population.

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