Great Falls, VA
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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 96.67% 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 (27.37%), business and financial occupations (11.84%), and computer science and math (9.86%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.20% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

One downside of living in Great Falls is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Great Falls, the average commute to work is 35.73 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

If knowledge is power, Great Falls is a pretty powerful place. 81.13% of the adults in Great Falls have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Great Falls in 2010 was $100,076, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $400,304 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 Irish, English, Italian, and Iranian.

Great Falls also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 21.83%.

The most common language spoken in Great Falls is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Persian.

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