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 96.60% 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.

Because of many things, Great Falls is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Great Falls really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Great Falls perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

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.

In Great Falls, a lot of people use the subway to get to work every day though Great Falls is a relatively small town. Those that ride the subway are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Great Falls, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Great Falls is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 81.87% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Great Falls's cultural character, accounting for 22.06% of the town’s population.

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


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