Blacksburg, VA

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2022 Population
45,147
1.72% 1-year growth
US Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
21.7
0.913% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
45.1%
0.208% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$42,012
4.09% 1-year decline
2022 Median Property Value
$387,700
15.7% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
18,927
6.79% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Blacksburg, VA had a population of 45.1k people with a median age of 21.7 and a median household income of $42,012. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Blacksburg, VA grew from 44,385 to 45,147, a 1.72% increase and its median household income declined from $43,804 to $42,012, a −4.09% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Blacksburg, VA are White (Non-Hispanic) (75.7%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (11.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.75%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.07%), and White (Hispanic) (2.06%).

None of the households in Blacksburg, VA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

90.9% of the residents in Blacksburg, VA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Blacksburg, VA are Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (10,020 degrees awarded in 2022) and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (442806) (470 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Blacksburg, VA was $387,700, and the homeownership rate was 33.2%.

Most people in Blacksburg, VA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 14.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Blacksburg, VA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Blacksburg, VA is home to a population of 45.1k people, from which 90.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 13% of Blacksburg, VA residents were born outside of the country (5.86k people).

In 2022, there were 6.67 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (34.2k people) in Blacksburg, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.13k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 2.14k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

90.9%
2022 Citizenship
90.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 90.9% of Blacksburg, VA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Blacksburg, VA was 90.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Blacksburg, VA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    34.2k ± 544
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    5.13k ± 519
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    2.14k ± 289
3.77%
Hispanic Population
1.7k people

In 2022, there were 6.67 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (34.2k people) in Blacksburg, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.13k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 2.14k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.77% of the people in Blacksburg, VA are hispanic (1.7k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    107,605 ± 8,003 people
  2. India
    98,735 ± 7,670 people
  3. Mexico
    59,855 ± 5,986 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 107,605 Virginia residents, followed by India with 98,735 and Mexico with 59,855.

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Foreign-Born Population

13%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
5.86k people
13.2%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
5.88k people

As of 2022, 13% of Blacksburg, VA residents (5.86k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Blacksburg, VA was 13.2%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    316 ± 148
  2. Vietnam
    189 ± 81
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    72 ± 65

Blacksburg, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.67 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Blacksburg, VA employs 18.9k people. The largest industries in Blacksburg, VA are Educational Services (7,362 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,779 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1,946 people), and the highest paying industries are Manufacturing ($81,875), Construction ($73,418), and Health Care & Social Assistance ($54,883).

Males in Virginia have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $69,674. The income inequality in Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.475, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

18.9k
2022 Value
± 1,240
6.79%
1 Year growth
± 8.64%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Blacksburg, VA grew at a rate of 6.79%, from 17.7k employees to 18.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Blacksburg, VA, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (4,382 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1,960 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,632 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Blacksburg, VA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

18.9k
2022 Value
± 1,240
6.79%
1 Year growth
± 8.64%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Blacksburg, VA grew at a rate of 6.79%, from 17.7k employees to 18.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Blacksburg, VA, are Educational Services (7,362 people), Accommodation & Food Services (2,779 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1,946 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Blacksburg, VA, though some of these residents may live in Blacksburg, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$20,147
Median earning men ± $5,360
$24,053
Median earning women ± $3,205

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Manufacturing ($89,938), Construction ($67,500), and Other Services Except Public Administration ($66,786).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Manufacturing ($66,823), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($47,111), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($45,735).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.48%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.1M people employed in Virginia. This represents a 2.48% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.8%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Virginia.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Virginia went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 54.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (44%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.45%).

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing the state of Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Virginia

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Mark Warner
Senator from Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009
Tim Kaine
Senator from Virginia1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Virginia

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Blacksburg, VA awarded 10,490 degrees. The student population of Blacksburg, VA in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 22,731 male students and 17,885 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Blacksburg, VA are White (6,546 and 68.6%), followed by Asian (1,019 and 10.7%), Hispanic or Latino (678 and 7.11%), and Two or More Races (492 and 5.16%).

The largest universities in Blacksburg, VA by number of degrees awarded are Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (10,020 and 95.5%) and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (442806) (470 and 4.48%).

The most popular majors in Blacksburg, VA are General Computer & Information Sciences (495 and 4.72%), Osteopathic Medicine/Osteopathy (470 and 4.48%), and Management Science (444 and 4.23%).

The median tuition cost in Blacksburg, VA for a public four year colleges is $12,104 for in-state students and $31,754 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Blacksburg, VA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 57%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 27.7%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 40,616 (56% men and 44% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 40,616 students enrolled in Blacksburg, VA, 56% men and 44% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 23,331 records, of which 45.9% were women and 54.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 366 degrees awarded
  2. 319 degrees awarded
  3. 444 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Blacksburg, VA was General Computer & Information Sciences with 366 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 10,020 degrees awarded
  2. 470 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with 10,020 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 5,739 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Blacksburg, VA, which is 1.21 times more than the 4,751 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 6,546 degrees mean that there were 6.42 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 1,019 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($12,104) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,562) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,100) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.884% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.904% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.71M), Bachelors Degree (1.47M), and Some college (1.4M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Blacksburg, VA was $387,700 in 2022, which is 1.38 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $335,200 to $387,700, a 15.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Blacksburg, VA is 33.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Blacksburg, VA have an average commute time of 14.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Blacksburg, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$387,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$18,039
$4,419
Median Property Taxes
±$490

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Blacksburg, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

33.2%
Homeownership
2022
65.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 33.2% of the housing units in Blacksburg, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 33.6%.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 206
  2. Census Tract 205

The following map shows all of the places in Blacksburg, VA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$42,012
Median Household Income
± $6,697
13.3k
Number of Households
± 929

In 2022, the median household income of the 13.3k households in Blacksburg, VA declined from $42,012 from the previous year's value of $43,804.

The following chart displays the households in Blacksburg, VA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Blacksburg, VA is from Virginia.
0.475
2022 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.476
2021 Wage GINI in Virginia

In 2022, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.475 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.164% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (56.7%)
  2. Worked At Home (14.8%)
  3. Walked (9.74%)

In 2022, 56.7% of workers in Blacksburg, VA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (14.8%) and those who walked to work (9.74%).

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Commute Time

14.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Blacksburg, VA have a shorter commute time (14.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.738% of the workforce in Blacksburg, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Blacksburg, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Blacksburg, VA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

45.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Blacksburg, VA (15.9k out of 35.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Blacksburg, VA is White, followed by Asian and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

95.9% of the population of Blacksburg, VA has health coverage, with 69.9% on employee plans, 4.25% on Medicaid, 5.7% on Medicare, 14.4% on non-group plans, and 1.64% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Montgomery County, VA see 1471 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.03% increase from the previous year (1456 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1929 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 367 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,471 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Montgomery County, VA

Primary care physicians in Montgomery County, VA see an average of 1,471 patients per year. This represents a 1.03% increase from the previous year (1,456 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Montgomery County, VA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 19.3% under 18 years, 56.2% between 18 and 34 years, 16.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 7.67% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 54.2% were men and 45.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.11%
Uninsured
69.9%
Employer Coverage
4.25%
Medicaid
5.7%
Medicare
14.4%
Non-Group
1.64%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Blacksburg, VA declined by 13.7% from 4.76% to 4.11%.

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