Palmyra, VA
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Palmyra is a tiny town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 106 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Palmyra is the 362nd largest community in Virginia. Palmyra has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

Palmyra is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 100.00% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Palmyra is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Palmyra who work in teaching (32.73%), architecture and engineering (32.73%), and art, media, and design (18.18%).

Of important note, Palmyra is also a town of artists. Palmyra has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Palmyra’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Palmyra telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 18.18% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Palmyra is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Palmyra really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Palmyra perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Palmyra is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Palmyra, the average commute to work is 37.50 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

As is often the case in a small town, Palmyra doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The population of Palmyra has a very low overall level of education: only 9.28% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Palmyra in 2010 was $22,330, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $89,320 for a family of four.

Palmyra is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Palmyra home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Palmyra residents report their race to be White. Important ancestries of people in Palmyra include German, English, Dutch, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Palmyra is English. Other important languages spoken here include African languages and Hebrew.

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