Suffolk city, VA

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Population

88,057

1.14% growth

Median Age

38.1


Median Household Income

$68,089

4.06% growth

Poverty Rate

11.2%


Number of Employees

41,009

2.13% growth

Median Property Value

$238,200

0.676% growth

About

In 2017, Suffolk city, VA had a population of 88.1k people with a median age of 38.1 and a median household income of $68,089. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Suffolk city, VA grew from 87,061 to 88,057, a 1.14% increase and its median household income grew from $65,435 to $68,089, a 4.06% increase.

The population of Suffolk city, VA is 49.7% White Alone, 41.2% Black or African American Alone, and 4.01% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Suffolk city, VA speak a non-English language, and 98.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Suffolk city, VA are Suffolk Beauty Academy (14 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Suffolk city, VA is $238,200, and the homeownership rate is 69.2%. Most people in Suffolk city, VA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 27.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Suffolk city, VA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Suffolk city, VA employs 41k people. The largest industries in Suffolk city, VA are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,263 people), Manufacturing (5,141 people), and Retail Trade (4,577 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($68,308), Utilities ($59,280), and Public Administration ($58,319).

Median household income in Suffolk city, VA is $68,089. Males in Suffolk city, 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 Suffolk city, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$68,089

2017 value

± $1,784

4.06%

1 Year Growth

± 3.84%

Households in Suffolk city, VA have a median annual income of $68,089, 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 $65,435 in 2016, which represents a 4.06% 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 Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Suffolk city, 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 751.02

  2. Census Tract 752.02

  3. Census Tract 753.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Suffolk city, VA was Census Tract 751.02 with a value of $121,098, followed by Census Tract 752.02 and Census Tract 753.01, with respective values of $119,861 and $94,432.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Suffolk city, VA (9.76k out of 87.1k 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 Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 6 - 11.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    6,638 ± 540

  2. White

    2,450 ± 306

  3. Two Or More

    471 ± 182

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Suffolk city, VA is Black, followed by White 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

41k

2017 Value

± 1,292

2.13%

1 Year growth

± 4.28%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Suffolk city, VA grew at a rate of 2.13%, from 40.2k employees to 41k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Suffolk city, VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,002 people), Management Occupations (4,449 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,164 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Suffolk city, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Suffolk city, VA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,002 people), Management Occupations (4,449 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,164 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Suffolk city, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.8 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.58 times), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.43 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Suffolk city, VA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($81,579), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($79,113), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($78,918).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

41k

2017 Value

± 1,292

2.13%

1 Year growth

± 4.28%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Suffolk city, VA grew at a rate of 2.13%, from 40.2k employees to 41k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Suffolk city, VA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,263 people), Manufacturing (5,141 people), and Retail Trade (4,577 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Suffolk city, VA, though some of these residents may live in Suffolk city, 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 Suffolk city, VA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (6,263 people), Manufacturing (5,141 people), and Retail Trade (4,577 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Suffolk city, VA has an unusually high number of Public Administration (2.02 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.66 times), and Utilities (1.27 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Suffolk city, VA, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($68,308), Utilities ($59,280), and Public Administration ($58,319).

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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 ($26B) and Electronics ($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

91.9% of the population of Suffolk city, VA has health coverage, with 43.9% on employee plans, 12.7% on Medicaid, 9.87% on Medicare, 14.4% on non-group plans, and 11.1% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Suffolk city, VA see 1025 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.53% decrease from the previous year (1085 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2349 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1513 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

1,025 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Suffolk city, VA see an average of 1,025 patients per year. This represents a 5.53% decrease from the previous year (1,085 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Suffolk city, VA in comparison to neighboring states.

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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

8.11%

Uninsured

43.9%

Employer Coverage

12.7%

Medicaid

9.87%

Medicare

14.4%

Non-Group

11.1%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Suffolk city, VA declined by 10.7% from 9.08% to 8.11%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Suffolk city, 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

Suffolk city, VA is home to a population of 88.1k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.56% of Suffolk city, VA residents were born outside of the country (3.14k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Suffolk city, VA is composed of 43.8k White Alone residents (49.7%), 36.3k Black or African American Alone residents (41.2%), 3.53k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.01%), 2.74k Two or More Races residents (3.11%), 1.44k Asian Alone residents (1.63%), 141 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.16%), 117 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.133%), and 35 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0397%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Suffolk city, VA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Suffolk city, VA was 38.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Suffolk city, VA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Suffolk city, VA residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.56%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.14k people

3.72%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

3.24k people

As of 2017, 3.56% of Suffolk city, VA residents (3.14k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Suffolk city, VA was 3.72%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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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 Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 103,545 Virginia residents, followed by India with 82,876 and Mexico with 56,021.

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Citizenship

98.7%

2017 Citizenship

98.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.7% of Suffolk city, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Suffolk city, VA was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    43.8k ± 116

  2. Black or African American Alone

    36.3k ± 458

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    3.53k ± 480

In 2017, there were 1.2 times more White Alone residents (43.8k people) in Suffolk city, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 36.3k Black or African American Alone and 3.53k 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 Suffolk city, VA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Suffolk city, VA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Suffolk city, VA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Suffolk city, VA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,198 ± 465

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,180 ± 257

  3. Vietnam

    2,166 ± 203

Suffolk city, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.93 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Suffolk city, VA awarded 14 degrees. The student population of Suffolk city, VA is skewed towards women, with 4 male students and 27 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Suffolk city, VA are Black or African American (12 and 85.7%), followed by White (2 and 14.3%), Asian (0 and 0%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Suffolk city, VA by number of degrees awarded are Suffolk Beauty Academy (14 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Suffolk city, VA are General Cosmetology (14 and 100%).

The median tuition costs in Suffolk city, 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. 14 degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Suffolk city, VA was General Cosmetology with 14 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

14 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Suffolk city, VA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Suffolk Beauty Academy with 14 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

0

Degrees Awarded to Men

14

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 0 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Suffolk city, VA, which is 0 times less than the 14 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    12 degrees awarded

  2. White

    2 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    0 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Suffolk city, VA were to Black or African American students. These 12 degrees mean that there were 6 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 2 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Suffolk city, VA was $238,200 in 2017, which is 1.09 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $236,600 to $238,200, a 0.676% increase. The homeownership rate in Suffolk city, VA is 69.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Suffolk city, VA have an average commute time of 27.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Suffolk city, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$68,089

Median Household Income

± $1,784

32.3k

Number of Households

± 1,022

In 2017, the median household income of the 32.3k households in Suffolk city, VA grew to $68,089 from the previous year's value of $65,435.

The following chart displays the households in Suffolk city, 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$238,200

2017 Median

± $4,007

$236,600

2016 Median

± $3,677

In 2017, the median property value in Suffolk city, VA grew to to $238,200 from the previous year's value of $236,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Suffolk city, 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 Suffolk city, VA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

69.2%

2017 Homeownership

69.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69.2% of the housing units in Suffolk city, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Suffolk city, 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 Suffolk city, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Suffolk city, VA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

27.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Suffolk city, VA have a longer commute time (27.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.66% of the workforce in Suffolk city, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.5%

  2. Carpooled

    8.66%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.42%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Suffolk city, VA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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