Springfield, VA
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Springfield is a medium-sized town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 32,053 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Springfield is the 32nd largest community in Virginia.

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

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Springfield is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Springfield is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Springfield who work in office and administrative support (11.49%), management occupations (10.39%), and sales jobs (9.32%).

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

One downside of living in Springfield, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.47 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Springfield 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 Springfield area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The population of Springfield is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 39.64% of adults in Springfield have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Springfield in 2010 was $36,868, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $147,472 for a family of four. However, Springfield contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Springfield is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Springfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Springfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Springfield also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 22.94% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Springfield include Irish, English, Ethiopian, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Springfield's cultural character, accounting for 42.95% of the town’s population.

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