Dumfries, VA
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Living in Dumfries


Dumfries is a very small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 5,234 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 professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Dumfries who work in food service (11.96%), office and administrative support (10.95%), and sales jobs (8.85%).

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.

One downside of living in Dumfries is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Dumfries, the average commute to work is 35.37 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 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.

In terms of college education, Dumfries is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.55% of adults 25 and older in Dumfries have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Dumfries in 2010 was $21,801, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $87,204 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 42.97% 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 Ghanian, German, Irish, Italian, and English.

Dumfries also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 26.15%.

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