Norfolk, a mid-sized city in Virginia, has a population of just over 245,000. Young adults aged 15-24 account for a larger portion of the population here (21%) than nationally (14%), meaning they will find plenty of opportunities, though young professionals are well-represented as well. Overall, the city's residents, at an average age of just under 35, are younger than most cities in Virginia. Homeowners tend to be in the minority in Norfolk, and 57% of residents rent their homes. The trend is driven in part by a relatively affordable average rent of $1,082 a month, which is $203 less than the state average.
Many Norfolk residents work in one of three industries: healthcare, retail, and entertainment. Together, these industries account for 17% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 6% of residents work in sales, making it the top career path in the city. Norfolk workers bring in an average annual income of just over $61K, less than the average Virginia resident. The city's average income also falls below the national average of $73,345. Among Norfolk residents over the age of 25, 10% have a Bachelor's degree and 6% possess a Master's degree or Doctorate.
With an average commute time of about 23 minutes, faster than most cities in Virginia, Norfolk residents know that it isn't overly time-consuming to get to work. Driving is the prevailing mode of getting to work, chosen by 42% of commuters, while public transit isn't used extensively. Not many residents (5%) commute to work on foot, though the number is well above the national average.