Lorton, VA

Lorton profile

Living in Lorton

Lorton is a medium-sized town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 19,568 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Lorton is the 46th largest community in Virginia.

Lorton home prices are not only among the most expensive in Virginia, but Lorton real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lorton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lorton is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lorton who work in office and administrative support (10.20%), sales jobs (9.72%), and business and financial occupations (9.39%).

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

In Lorton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.00 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.

Even though Lorton is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Lorton is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.58% of adults in Lorton have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Lorton in 2018 was $39,385, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $157,540 for a family of four. However, Lorton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lorton is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Lorton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lorton residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Lorton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.97% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lorton include Irish, German, English, Ethiopian, and African.

Lorton also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 34.98%.

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