McLean, VA
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Living in McLean


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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

McLean is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, McLean’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

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 2018 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.

McLean also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 23.74%.

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