The Plains is a tiny town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 224 people and just one neighborhood, The Plains is the 349th largest community in Virginia. Much of the housing stock in The Plains was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Real Estate Prices
The Plains home prices are not only among the most expensive in Virginia, but The Plains real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
The Plains is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 96.49% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, The Plains is a town of managers, professionals and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in The Plains who work in management occupations (40.35%), maintenance occupations (12.28%) and sales jobs (10.53%).
Also of interest is that The Plains has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, The Plains is also a town of artists. The Plains has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape The Plains’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 14.55% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
In addition, The Plains is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
The Plains is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, The Plains’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in The Plains, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.32 minutes every day commuting to work.
As is often the case in a small town, The Plains doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.