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 97.02% 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 (22.10%), business and financial occupations (11.50%), and sales jobs (8.55%).

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: 10.55% 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 people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, McLean is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making McLean a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, McLean has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, McLean’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in McLean, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.41 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

For the size of the town, public transportation in McLean is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For McLean, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, McLean is a pretty powerful place. 82.66% 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 $95,498, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $381,992 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 Irish, English, Italian, and European.

In addition, McLean has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (23.77%).

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