Hayes, VA
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Hayes is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 15,853 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Hayes is the 52nd largest community in Virginia.

Hayes is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Hayes is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Hayes who work in sales jobs (13.78%), office and administrative support (13.28%), and management occupations (10.06%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Hayes, 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.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Hayes has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Hayes a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Hayes 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.

The citizens of Hayes are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.96% of adults in Hayes having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Hayes in 2010 was $28,679, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $114,716 for a family of four. However, Hayes contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Hayes is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Hayes home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hayes residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Hayes include Irish, German, Italian, and Polish.

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