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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.12% 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.
Because of many things, Great Falls is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Great Falls a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Great Falls has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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 34.76 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
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.
If knowledge is power, Great Falls is a pretty powerful place. 81.87% 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 $100,431, 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.
Great Falls also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 22.06%.
The most common language spoken in Great Falls is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Persian.