Norfolk is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 242,742 people and 81 constituent neighborhoods, Norfolk is the second largest community in Virginia.
7.81% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in Norfolk. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Healthcare and Retail industries respectively employ 13.13% and 11.20% of the civilian workforce.
Also of interest is that Norfolk has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One thing that you will notice about Norfolk is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Norfolk a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
Norfolk is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The overall education level of Norfolk is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.83% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Norfolk in 2018 was $29,830, 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 $119,320 for a family of four. However, Norfolk contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Norfolk is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Norfolk home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Norfolk residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Norfolk include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Norfolk is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.