Clifton is a tiny town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 292 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 95.65% 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 (30.43%), sales jobs (13.91%), and business and financial occupations (13.04%).
Also of interest is that Clifton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.70% 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.
Clifton is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Clifton’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
In Clifton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.38 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
In Clifton, a lot of people use the subway to get to work every day though Clifton is a relatively small town. Those that ride the subway are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Clifton is a pretty powerful place. 73.42% 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 2010 was $84,373, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $337,492 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 German, Irish, Polish, and French .
The most common language spoken in Clifton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Russian.