Radford, VA
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Radford is a medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 17,403 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Radford is the 50th largest community in Virginia.

Radford is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.61% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Radford is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Radford who work in food service (14.79%), sales jobs (13.54%), and office and administrative support (11.79%).

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

Radford is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Radford to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Radford spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.41 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Radford citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.91% of adults in Radford have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Radford in 2010 was $15,509, which is low income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $62,036 for a family of four. However, Radford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Radford also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 39.61% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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