Norfolk, VA
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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 246,393 people and 81 constituent neighborhoods, Norfolk is the second largest community in Virginia.

7.95% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in Norfolk. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Healthcare and Retail industries respectively employ 12.68% and 12.51% of the civilian workforce.

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.

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Norfolk is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Norfolk area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The percentage of people in Norfolk who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.14% of adults in Norfolk have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Norfolk in 2010 was $24,657, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $98,628 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 Irish, English, Italian, and French .

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