Cape Charles is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 990 people and just one neighborhood, Cape Charles is the 274th largest community in Virginia. Cape Charles has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Occupations and Workforce
Cape Charles is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.29% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Cape Charles is a town of professionals, sales and office workers and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cape Charles who work in sales jobs (15.92%), management occupations (14.11%) and healthcare (11.11%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 13.29% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Cape Charles is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Cape Charles’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Cape Charles has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Cape Charles a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
Cape Charles is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.