Hampton, VA
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Hampton is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 135,410 people and 35 constituent neighborhoods, Hampton is the ninth largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some cities, Hampton isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Hampton are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hampton is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hampton who work in office and administrative support (15.74%), sales jobs (9.10%), and management occupations (8.51%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Hampton, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

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

Hampton is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Hampton is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Hampton area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Hampton are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.00% of adults in Hampton having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Hampton in 2010 was $25,943, which is middle income relative to Virginia, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $103,772 for a family of four. However, Hampton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Hampton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hampton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hampton residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Hampton include English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

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