Emporia, VA
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Emporia is a somewhat small city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 5,496 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Emporia is the 111th largest community in Virginia.

Emporia is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Emporia is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Emporia who work in office and administrative support (14.18%), management occupations (10.61%), and sales jobs (7.71%).

Emporia is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

In terms of college education, Emporia is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.09% of adults 25 and older in Emporia have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Emporia in 2010 was $20,417, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,668 for a family of four. However, Emporia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Emporia also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.95% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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

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