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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.
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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Because of many things, Clifton is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Clifton a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Clifton has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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.
Even though Clifton is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding 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.