Powhatan, VA
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Powhatan is a medium-sized town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 25,631 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Powhatan is the 35th largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Powhatan is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Powhatan is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Powhatan who work in office and administrative support (13.41%), management occupations (12.65%), and sales jobs (8.72%).

Also of interest is that Powhatan has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.68% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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, Powhatan 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, Powhatan really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Powhatan 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 Powhatan, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.32 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Powhatan use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Powhatan‘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.

The overall education level of Powhatan citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.68% of adults in Powhatan have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Powhatan in 2010 was $35,816, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $143,264 for a family of four. However, Powhatan contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Powhatan home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Powhatan residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Powhatan include English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

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



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