Colonial Beach is a very small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 3,580 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Colonial Beach is the 159th largest community in Virginia.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Colonial Beach is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Colonial Beach is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Colonial Beach who work in office and administrative support (18.08%), food service (17.62%), and sales jobs (14.44%).
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Colonial Beach has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Colonial Beach has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Colonial Beach than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Colonial Beach may be for you.
One downside of living in Colonial Beach is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Colonial Beach, the average commute to work is 34.21 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 Colonial Beach is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly taxis for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The percentage of adults in Colonial Beach who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.13% of the adults in Colonial Beach have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Colonial Beach in 2010 was $27,650, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $110,600 for a family of four. However, Colonial Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Colonial Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Colonial Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Colonial Beach include Irish, German, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Colonial Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Vietnamese and Spanish.