Williamsburg, VA
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Williamsburg is a somewhat small city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 15,052 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Williamsburg is the 58th largest community in Virginia.

Williamsburg is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.78% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Williamsburg is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Williamsburg who work in teaching (15.59%), office and administrative support (11.04%), and management occupations (9.76%).

Of important note, Williamsburg is also a city of artists. Williamsburg has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Williamsburg’s character.

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

Williamsburg is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Williamsburg to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Williamsburg. 52.43% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Williamsburg in 2010 was $24,127, which is middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $96,508 for a family of four. However, Williamsburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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