Great Falls is a medium-sized town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 16,146 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Great Falls is the 54th largest community in Virginia.
Great Falls home prices are not only among the most expensive in Virginia, but Great Falls real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Great Falls is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 96.60% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Great Falls is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Great Falls who work in management occupations (26.33%), business and financial occupations (12.92%), and computer science and math (9.04%).
Also of interest is that Great Falls has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, Great Falls is also a town of artists. Great Falls has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Great Falls’s character.
A relatively large number of people in Great Falls telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.12% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
Great Falls is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Great Falls’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
In Great Falls, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.76 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.
Despite being a small town, Great Falls has a lot of people using the subway to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the subway are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Great Falls. 81.87% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Great Falls in 2010 was $100,431, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $401,724 for a family of four.
Great Falls is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Great Falls home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Great Falls residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Great Falls include English, German, Italian, and Iranian.
In addition, Great Falls has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (22.06%).
The most common language spoken in Great Falls is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Persian.