Colonial Heights is a medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 17,772 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Colonial Heights is the 49th largest community in Virginia.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Colonial Heights is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Colonial Heights is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Colonial Heights who work in office and administrative support (16.38%), sales jobs (11.96%), and teaching (9.23%).
Also of interest is that Colonial Heights has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Even though Colonial Heights is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The population of Colonial Heights overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Colonial Heights, 21.86% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Colonial Heights in 2010 was $27,209, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $108,836 for a family of four. However, Colonial Heights contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Colonial Heights is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Colonial Heights home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Colonial Heights residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Colonial Heights include German, Irish, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Colonial Heights is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.