Lorton, VA
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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.

Lorton is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.44% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Lorton is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lorton who work in office and administrative support (13.52%), sales jobs (10.50%), and management occupations (9.58%).

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.

One downside of living in Lorton is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Lorton, the average commute to work is 33.62 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 Lorton, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Lorton is a relatively small town. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

The citizens of Lorton are among the most well-educated in the nation: 46.27% of adults in Lorton have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Lorton in 2010 was $38,312, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $153,248 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 White, followed by Black or African-American. Lorton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.50% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lorton include English, African, Ethiopian, and Irish.

Lorton also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 32.67%.

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