Covington, VA
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Covington is a somewhat small city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 5,658 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Covington is the 110th largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some cities, Covington isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Covington are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Covington is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Covington who work in office and administrative support (16.62%), sales jobs (11.06%), and food service (8.19%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Covington. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Covington is worth considering.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.94 minutes getting to work every day.

The citizens of Covington have a very low rate of college education: just 9.28% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.

The per capita income in Covington in 2010 was $20,055, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,220 for a family of four.

Covington is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Covington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Covington residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Covington include Irish, English, Italian, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in Covington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.