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.
The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Norfolk, employing 7.81% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Healthcare and Retail industries employ 13.13% and 11.20% of the civilian workforce, respectively.
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 noticeable about Norfolk, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Norfolk is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Norfolk a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
In terms of college education, Norfolk is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 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.