Reston, VA
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Reston is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 61,411 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Reston is the 17th largest community in Virginia.

Reston home prices are not only among the most expensive in Virginia, but Reston real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Reston is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.29% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Reston is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Reston who work in management occupations (16.33%), computer science and math (13.31%), and business and financial occupations (11.56%).

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

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

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.01% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

One thing noticeable about Reston, although not a huge town, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Reston 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 Reston 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Reston is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Reston area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Reston is a pretty powerful place. 68.49% of the adults in Reston have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Reston in 2010 was $63,027, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $252,108 for a family of four. However, Reston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Reston is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Reston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Reston residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Reston also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.99% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Reston include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Reston's cultural character, accounting for 23.20% of the town’s population.

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