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 quite a few people in the armed forces living in Burke, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

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.

Burke 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, Burke’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

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.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Burke is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Burke, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Burke. 62.40% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

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.

Burke also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 21.97%.

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