Clifton, VA
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Clifton is a tiny town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 295 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 95.52% 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 (35.07%), sales jobs (13.43%), and business and financial occupations (11.94%).

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: 8.21% 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.

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.

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 33.29 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Even though Clifton is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train 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. 68.48% 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 $75,662, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $302,648 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 European.

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