Fredericksburg, VA

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Living in Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 29,036 people and 37 constituent neighborhoods, Fredericksburg is the 37th largest community in Virginia.

Fredericksburg home prices are not only among the most expensive in Virginia, but Fredericksburg real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Fredericksburg is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.35% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fredericksburg is a city of professionals, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fredericksburg who work in management occupations (10.56%), sales jobs (9.65%), and teaching (8.56%).

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.89% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Fredericksburg is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Fredericksburg enrolled in college, Fredericksburg has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Fredericksburg, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Fredericksburg use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Fredericksburg‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The citizens of Fredericksburg are among the most well-educated in the nation: 42.07% of adults in Fredericksburg have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Fredericksburg in 2018 was $34,722, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $138,888 for a family of four. However, Fredericksburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Fredericksburg is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fredericksburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fredericksburg residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Fredericksburg also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.76% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fredericksburg include German, English, Irish, Italian, and French.

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