Clifton, VA
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Living in Clifton


Clifton is a tiny town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 293 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Clifton is the 340th largest community in Virginia. Much of the housing stock in Clifton was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

Clifton home prices are not only among the most expensive in Virginia, but Clifton real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Clifton is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.59% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Clifton is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Clifton who work in management occupations (26.92%), business and financial occupations (17.95%), and sales jobs (12.82%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.39% 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.

In addition, Clifton is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Clifton is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Clifton really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Clifton perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Clifton is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Clifton, the average commute to work is 31.87 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

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

If knowledge is power, Clifton is a pretty powerful place. 74.51% of the adults in Clifton have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Clifton in 2018 was $94,124, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $376,496 for a family of four.

The people who call Clifton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Clifton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Clifton include English, German, Irish, French, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Clifton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Chinese.