New Church, VA
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New Church is a tiny coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 204 people and two constituent neighborhoods, New Church is the 350th largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, New Church is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, New Church is a town of managers, professionals, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in New Church who work in management occupations (35.83%), teaching (15.83%), and maintenance occupations (14.17%).

The overall crime rate in New Church is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) New Church has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. New Church has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in New Church than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, New Church may be for you.

New Church is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One of the benefits of New Church is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.50 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Despite the fact that it is a small town, New Church has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the town for affordable transportation.

The education level of New Church citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.86% of adults 25 and older in New Church have a college degree.

The per capita income in New Church in 2010 was $17,975, which is low income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $71,900 for a family of four.

New Church is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call New Church home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of New Church residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. New Church also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.32% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New Church include Norwegian, Haitian, Yugoslavian, and Other West Indian.

In addition, New Church has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.59%).

The most common language spoken in New Church is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.

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