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 245,115 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.

One of the nice things about Norfolk is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Norfolk use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Norfolk‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

In terms of college education, Norfolk is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.14% of adults 25 and older in the city 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.