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 89,273 people and 28 constituent neighborhoods, Suffolk is the 13th largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Suffolk is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (12.20%), management occupations (10.29%), and sales jobs (9.76%).

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Suffolk use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Suffolk‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The percentage of people in Suffolk who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.59% of adults in Suffolk have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Suffolk in 2010 was $30,331, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $121,324 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 English, Irish, African, and Italian.

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