Suffolk, VA
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Living in Suffolk


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 94,324 people and 36 constituent neighborhoods, Suffolk is the 13th largest community in Virginia.

Suffolk is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (11.29%), management occupations (10.53%), and sales jobs (10.08%).

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.

One of the nice things about Suffolk is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

In Suffolk, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.52 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The overall education level of Suffolk citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.64% of adults in Suffolk have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Suffolk in 2018 was $38,613, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $154,452 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 African, German, English, Irish, and Italian.

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