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 244,703 people and 81 constituent neighborhoods, Norfolk is the second largest community in Virginia.

7.13% 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 13.35% and 11.50% 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 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.

Not only is Norfolk a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Norfolk is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Norfolk a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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.