Stafford, VA

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Living in Stafford

Stafford is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 95,898 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Stafford is the 12th largest community in Virginia.

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

Stafford is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Stafford is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Stafford who work in management occupations (11.77%), office and administrative support (10.78%), and business and financial occupations (8.87%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Stafford, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

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

A relatively large number of people in Stafford telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.25% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Because of many things, Stafford is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Stafford really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Stafford perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Stafford, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 37.17 minutes every day commuting to work.

The citizens of Stafford are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.92% of adults in Stafford have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Stafford in 2018 was $43,277, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $173,108 for a family of four. However, Stafford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Stafford is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Stafford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Stafford residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Stafford also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.85% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Stafford include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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