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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Chesapeake is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 quite a few people in the armed forces living in Chesapeake, 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 Chesapeake has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In terms of college education, Chesapeake is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.62% of adults in Chesapeake have a college degree.

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.