Merrifield, VA

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Population

17,243

1.43% growth

Median Age

33.7


Median Household Income

$113,259

2.85% growth

Poverty Rate

8.09%


Number of Employees

10,964

1.03% growth

Median Property Value

$483,500

3.56% growth

About

In 2017, Merrifield, VA had a population of 17.2k people with a median age of 33.7 and a median household income of $113,259. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Merrifield, VA grew from 17,000 to 17,243, a 1.43% increase and its median household income grew from $110,121 to $113,259, a 2.85% increase.

The population of Merrifield, VA is 42.9% White Alone, 33.1% Asian Alone, and 10.7% Hispanic or Latino. 50.8% of the people in Merrifield, VA speak a non-English language, and 74.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Merrifield, VA are Columbia College (455983) (269 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Merrifield, VA is $483,500, and the homeownership rate is 40%. Most people in Merrifield, VA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 30.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Merrifield, VA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Merrifield, VA employs 11k people. The largest industries in Merrifield, VA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (3,692 people), Public Administration (980 people), and Educational Services (966 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($104,167), Information ($93,304), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($88,539).

Median household income in Merrifield, VA is $113,259. Males in Merrifield, VA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,180. The income inequality in Merrifield, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$113,259

2017 value

± $6,611

2.85%

1 Year Growth

± 7.27%

Households in Merrifield, VA have a median annual income of $113,259, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $110,121 in 2016, which represents a 2.85% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$74,183

Average Male Salary

± $1,323

$55,180

Average Female Salary

± $1,030

In 2017, full-time male employees in Merrifield, VA made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $68,169 ± $3,324

  2. White

    $60,529 ± $977

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $56,661 ± $29,375

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Merrifield, VA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Merrifield, VA is from Virginia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0649% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Virginia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 4402.01

  2. Census Tract 4617

  3. Census Tract 4616.02

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Merrifield, VA was Census Tract 4402.01 with a value of $104,688, followed by Census Tract 4617 and Census Tract 4616.02, with respective values of $103,494 and $103,246.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

8.09% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Merrifield, VA (1.39k out of 17.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Males 35 - 44 and then Females 35 - 44.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    641 ± 219

  2. Asian

    395 ± 300

  3. Two Or More

    226 ± 136

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Merrifield, VA is White, followed by Asian and Two Or More.

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

11k

2017 Value

± 794

1.03%

1 Year growth

± 10.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Merrifield, VA grew at a rate of 1.03%, from 10.9k employees to 11k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Merrifield, VA, are Management Occupations (1,822 people), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1,596 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1,520 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Merrifield, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Merrifield, VA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (1,822 people), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (1,596 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1,520 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Merrifield, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Computer & Mathematical Occupations (5 times higher than expected), Business & Financial Operations Occupations (2.83 times), and Legal Occupations (2.26 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Merrifield, VA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($106,016), Management Occupations ($97,414), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($94,806).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

11k

2017 Value

± 794

1.03%

1 Year growth

± 10.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Merrifield, VA grew at a rate of 1.03%, from 10.9k employees to 11k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Merrifield, VA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (3,692 people), Public Administration (980 people), and Educational Services (966 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Merrifield, VA, though some of these residents may live in Merrifield, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Merrifield, VA, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (3,692 people), Public Administration (980 people), and Educational Services (966 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Merrifield, VA has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (4.81 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.91 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.23 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Merrifield, VA, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($104,167), Information ($93,304), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($88,539).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.5B

  2. $26B

  3. $22.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.5B, followed by Motorized vehicles with $26B and Electronics and $22.4B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Virginia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$254B

2015 Value

$373B

Projected 2045 Value

46.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Virginia trade was $254B. This is expected to increase 46.7% to $373B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Virginia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $23.4B

  2. $12.9B

  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $23.4B, followed by North Carolina with $12.9B and Pennsylvania and $11.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Virginia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

90.8% of the population of Merrifield, VA has health coverage, with 67.3% on employee plans, 3.48% on Medicaid, 5.07% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 1.99% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Merrifield, VA was $7,556 in 2014. This is a 3.42% increase from the previous year ($7,306).

Primary care physicians in Merrifield, VA see 1316 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0759% decrease from the previous year (1317 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1494 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 684 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.6%). Additionally, Petersburg city has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1316 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Virginia see an average of 1316 patients per year. This represents a 0.0759% decrease from the previous year (1317 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,556

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,218

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,361

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,677

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.42%, from $7,306 to $7,556.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

9.16%

Uninsured

67.3%

Employer Coverage

3.48%

Medicaid

5.07%

Medicare

13%

Non-Group

1.99%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Merrifield, VA declined by 15.2% from 10.8% to 9.16%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Merrifield, VA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 15.6% prevalence

  2. 15.6% prevalence

  3. 15.4% prevalence

Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 15.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Virginia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Merrifield, VA is home to a population of 17.2k people, from which 74.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 43.2% of Merrifield, VA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Merrifield, VA is composed of 7.39k White Alone residents (42.9%), 5.71k Asian Alone residents (33.1%), 1.84k Hispanic or Latino residents (10.7%), 1.15k Two or More Races residents (6.68%), 967 Black or African American Alone residents (5.61%), 119 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.69%), 67 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.389%), and 0 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Merrifield, VA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (1,648 speakers), Other Asian Languages (1,303 speakers), and Persian (885 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

31

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.5

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Merrifield, VA was 33.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 31, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Merrifield, VA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Merrifield, VA residents was 33.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

43.2%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

42.7%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 43.2% of Merrifield, VA residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Merrifield, VA was 42.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. El Salvador

    103,545 ± 7,851 people

  2. India

    82,876 ± 7,033 people

  3. Mexico

    56,021 ± 5,792 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Merrifield, VA was El Salvador, the natal country of 103,545 Merrifield, VA residents, followed by India with 82,876 and Mexico with 56,021.

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Citizenship

74.3%

2017 Citizenship

73.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 74.3% of Merrifield, VA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Merrifield, VA was 73.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    7.39k ± 694

  2. Asian Alone

    5.71k ± 809

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.84k ± 603

In 2017, there were 1.29 times more White Alone residents (7.39k people) in Merrifield, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.71k Asian Alone and 1.84k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Merrifield, VA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    1,648 speakers (10.7%)

  2. Other Asian Languages

    1,303 speakers (8.45%)

  3. Persian

    885 speakers (5.74%)

50.8% of Merrifield, VA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Merrifield, VA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 10.7% of the overall population of Merrifield, VA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 8.45% speak Other Asian Languages and 5.74% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    328 ± 149

  2. Vietnam

    259 ± 100

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    114 ± 70

Merrifield, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.27 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Merrifield, VA awarded 269 degrees. The student population of Merrifield, VA is skewed towards women, with 175 male students and 213 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Merrifield, VA are Asian (140 and 60.1%), followed by White (57 and 24.5%), Two or More Races (17 and 7.3%), and Hispanic or Latino (13 and 5.58%).

The largest universities in Merrifield, VA by number of degrees awarded are Columbia College (455983) (269 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Merrifield, VA are General English Language & Literature (234 and 87%), Massage Therapy (12 and 4.46%), and Dental Laboratory Technology (7 and 2.6%).

The median tuition costs in Merrifield, VA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 234 degrees awarded

  2. 2 degrees awarded

  3. 0 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Merrifield, VA was General English Language & Literature with 234 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Merrifield, VA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

269 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Merrifield, VA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Columbia College (455983) with 269 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

105

Degrees Awarded to Men

164

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 105 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Merrifield, VA, which is 0.64 times less than the 164 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    140 degrees awarded

  2. White

    57 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    17 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Merrifield, VA were to Asian students. These 140 degrees mean that there were 2.46 times more Asian students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 57 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Merrifield, VA was $483,500 in 2017, which is 2.22 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $466,900 to $483,500, a 3.56% increase. The homeownership rate in Merrifield, VA is 40%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Merrifield, VA have an average commute time of 30.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Merrifield, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$113,259

Median Household Income

± $6,611

7.12k

Number of Households

± 582

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.12k households in Merrifield, VA grew to $113,259 from the previous year's value of $110,121.

The following chart displays the households in Merrifield, 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 $200k+ range.

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Housing

Property Value

$483,500

2017 Median

± $15,393

$466,900

2016 Median

± $11,558

In 2017, the median property value in Merrifield, VA grew to to $483,500 from the previous year's value of $466,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Merrifield, VA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Merrifield, VA the largest share of households have a property value in the $400k - $500k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Merrifield, VA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Merrifield, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

40%

2017 Homeownership

44.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 40% of the housing units in Merrifield, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 44.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Merrifield, VA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Merrifield, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Merrifield, VA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

30.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Merrifield, VA have a longer commute time (30.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.95% of the workforce in Merrifield, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    63.3%

  2. Public Transit

    16.8%

  3. Carpooled

    6.81%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Merrifield, VA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Public Transit and those who Carpooled.

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