Charles City, VA
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Charles City is a tiny town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 129 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Charles City is the 361st largest community in Virginia.

Charles City is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 100.00% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Charles City is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Charles City who work in sales jobs (43.33%), teaching (16.67%), and office and administrative support (11.67%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.67% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

Overall, Charles City’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Charles City has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Charles City has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Charles City than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Charles City may be for you.

One downside of living in Charles City, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.82 minutes every day commuting to work.

Charles City is very much a car-oriented town. This is because the population of Charles City isn't large enough or dense enough to support an extensive public transit system. It has a lot of rural roads, and the distance between houses can be quite large, which together tends to discourage walking and bicycling to work. 1.00% of residents commute to work in their own car (and the drive is typically to a job out of town). People also tend to drive out of town for other services as well, such as shopping, doctors appointments, and more.

Being a small town, Charles City does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The rate of college-level education in Charles City is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 12.82% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Charles City in 2010 was $82,346, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $329,384 for a family of four. However, Charles City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Charles City is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Charles City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Charles City residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Charles City include Other West Indian, West Indian, U.S. Virgin Islander, and Trinidadian and Tobagonian.

The most common language spoken in Charles City is English. Other important languages spoken here include African languages and Hebrew.

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