Clifton, VA
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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. Clifton has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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 educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

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.

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 31.38 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Clifton, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Clifton is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 73.42% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

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.