Norfolk, VA
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Living in Norfolk


Norfolk is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 244,703 people and 81 constituent neighborhoods, Norfolk is the second largest community in Virginia.

Norfolk is a military town: the armed forces employs 7.85% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Healthcare and Retail are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 13.06% and 11.89% of the civilian workforce respectively.

Also of interest is that Norfolk has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Norfolk is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Norfolk has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Norfolk enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Norfolk.

Norfolk 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Norfolk is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Norfolk, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The percentage of people in Norfolk who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.61% of adults in Norfolk have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Norfolk in 2010 was $25,450, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $101,800 for a family of four. However, Norfolk contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Norfolk is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Norfolk home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Norfolk residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Norfolk include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

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