South Boston, VA


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South Boston is a somewhat small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 7,976 people and four constituent neighborhoods, South Boston is the 84th largest community in Virginia.

South Boston is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, South Boston is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in South Boston who work in sales jobs (12.95%), office and administrative support (10.52%), and teaching (9.32%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.46% 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.

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.65 minutes getting to work every day.

South Boston is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The education level of South Boston citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.46% of adults 25 and older in South Boston have a college degree.

The per capita income in South Boston in 2010 was $17,669, which is low income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $70,676 for a family of four.

South Boston is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call South Boston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of South Boston residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in South Boston include Irish, German, European, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in South Boston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Other Asian languages and German.

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