Chesapeake, VA
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Chesapeake is a relatively large city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 235,429 people and 41 constituent neighborhoods, Chesapeake is the third largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some cities, Chesapeake isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Chesapeake are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chesapeake is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chesapeake who work in office and administrative support (14.47%), sales jobs (10.77%), and management occupations (10.29%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Chesapeake. 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 Chesapeake has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

The overall education level of Chesapeake citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.62% of adults in Chesapeake have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Chesapeake in 2010 was $29,703, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $118,812 for a family of four. However, Chesapeake contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Chesapeake is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Chesapeake home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chesapeake residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Chesapeake include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

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