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", 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.

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.

In McLean, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.41 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.

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 82.66% 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 $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.