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 245,115 people and 81 constituent neighborhoods, Norfolk is the second largest community in Virginia.

7.85% 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 13.06% and 11.89% 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.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Norfolk really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Norfolk is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Norfolk more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Norfolk’s character and quality of life.

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 Irish, English, Italian, and French .

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