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 (21.54%), business and financial occupations (11.91%), and legal occupations (9.10%).

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: 9.86% 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 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.

One downside of living in McLean is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In McLean, the average commute to work is 31.02 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in McLean use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of McLean‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to McLean, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. McLean is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 83.00% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in McLean in 2010 was $97,357, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $389,428 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, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of McLean's cultural character, accounting for 23.82% of the town’s population.

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