McLean, VA
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McLean is a medium-sized town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 50,525 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, McLean is the 19th largest community in Virginia.

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

McLean is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 97.18% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, McLean is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in McLean who work in management occupations (20.38%), business and financial occupations (14.25%), and computer science and math (8.87%).

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

Of important note, McLean is also a town of artists. McLean has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape McLean’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.19% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, McLean is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, McLean is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, McLean really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is McLean perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In McLean, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.40 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.

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

If knowledge is power, McLean is a pretty powerful place. 83.65% of the adults in McLean have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in McLean in 2010 was $103,865, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $415,460 for a family of four.

McLean is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call McLean home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of McLean residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in McLean include German, English, Irish, Italian, and European.

In addition, McLean has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (23.74%).

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