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, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in New Church who work in management occupations (33.33%), office and administrative support (16.22%), and maintenance occupations (16.22%).
Another important characteristic of New Church is that a lot of people work in agricultural jobs, especially compared to most other communities in America, and there are quite a number of farms in town.
Overall, New Church’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of New Church spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.69 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
Despite being a small town, New Church has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
The percentage of adults in New Church who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.44% of the adults in New Church have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in New Church in 2010 was $18,966, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $75,864 for a family of four. New Church also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.29% of its population below the federal poverty line.
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 15.43% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New Church include European, Haitian, Yugoslavian, and Other West Indian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of New Church's cultural character, accounting for 20.57% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in New Church is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.