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 136,454 people and 35 constituent neighborhoods, Hampton is the ninth largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Hampton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (16.32%), sales jobs (9.74%), and management occupations (8.20%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Hampton. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The citizens of Hampton are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.21% of adults in Hampton having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Hampton in 2010 was $25,029, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $100,116 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.