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.

The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Norfolk, employing 7.13% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Healthcare and Retail industries employ 13.35% and 11.50% 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 made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Norfolk is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Not only is Norfolk a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Norfolk a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

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.

The overall education level of Norfolk is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.29% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Norfolk in 2010 was $26,670, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $106,680 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.