Suffolk, VA
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Suffolk is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 88,161 people and 28 constituent neighborhoods, Suffolk is the 13th largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some cities, Suffolk isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Suffolk are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Suffolk is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Suffolk who work in office and administrative support (12.55%), management occupations (10.18%), and sales jobs (9.35%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Suffolk. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

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

Suffolk is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

In terms of college education, Suffolk is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.39% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Suffolk in 2010 was $29,620, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $118,480 for a family of four. However, Suffolk contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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