Dumfries, VA
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Dumfries is a very small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 5,217 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Dumfries is the 125th largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some towns, Dumfries isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Dumfries are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Dumfries is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Dumfries who work in office and administrative support (15.23%), food service (9.19%), and sales jobs (8.34%).

Also of interest is that Dumfries has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In Dumfries, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 37.21 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 Dumfries is a smaller town, 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 percentage of adults in Dumfries with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.04% of adults in Dumfries have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Dumfries in 2010 was $22,533, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $90,132 for a family of four. However, Dumfries contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Dumfries is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Dumfries home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Dumfries, accounting for 35.36% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Dumfries residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Dumfries include Italian, Afghan, English, and Irish.

Dumfries also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 24.25%.

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