Williamsburg, VA

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Living in Williamsburg

Williamsburg is a somewhat small city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 14,954 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Williamsburg is the 58th largest community in Virginia.

Williamsburg is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.10% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Williamsburg is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Williamsburg who work in office and administrative support (13.78%), teaching (13.62%), and sales jobs (12.70%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.62% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Williamsburg is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Williamsburg to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

Williamsburg, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

If knowledge is power, Williamsburg is a pretty powerful place. 56.75% of the adults in Williamsburg have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Williamsburg in 2018 was $29,758, which is middle income relative to Virginia, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $119,032 for a family of four. However, Williamsburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Williamsburg is an extremely 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 German, English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

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