Blacksburg, VA

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Living in Blacksburg

Blacksburg is a medium-sized town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 44,233 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Blacksburg is the 23rd largest community in Virginia.

Blacksburg home prices are not only among the most expensive in Virginia, but Blacksburg real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Blacksburg is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 93.52% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Blacksburg is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Blacksburg who work in teaching (21.71%), sales jobs (11.19%), and food service (10.27%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Blacksburg has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.53% 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.

In addition, Blacksburg is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Blacksburg culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Blacksburg really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Blacksburg every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Blacksburg. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Blacksburg benefits directly from this.

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

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.90 minutes getting to work every day.

Blacksburg has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Blacksburg has quite a high level of public transit users. Blacksburg’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Blacksburg, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Blacksburg is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 71.41% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Blacksburg in 2018 was $23,234, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $92,936 for a family of four. However, Blacksburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Blacksburg also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 43.27% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Blacksburg is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Blacksburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Blacksburg residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Blacksburg include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

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