The small town of Saluda, Virginia is home to just under 1,000 people. Young adults aged 15-24 will feel welcome, as they make up an above-average percentage of the population, while young professionals are less well-represented. Overall, the town's residents, with an average age of just over 43, skew older than most cities in Virginia. Most residents own their homes in Saluda, and 22% of residents rent. Renting remains an affordable option, though, as the town boasts a relatively low average rent of $846 per month. Over the course of a year, renters in Saluda will save around $5,300 compared to the state average.
There are five primary industries in Saluda: manufacturing, retail, entertainment, warehousing, and healthcare. Combined, these industries make up 30% of the town's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many workers in these industries are in transportation, as 8% of the town's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any profession. With an average annual income of about $60,000, Saluda workers bring in less than their peers elsewhere in the state. The town's average income also falls below the national average ($73,345). Compared to the national average, Saluda has a large percentage of residents over the age of 25 who have earned a high school degree or GED (28%). Further, 11% have earned a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree.
With an average commute time of about 23 minutes, quicker than most cities in the state, Saluda residents know that it isn't overly time-consuming to travel to work. Many residents (39%) drive their own vehicle to work, while public transit isn't widely used. Walking isn't a common means of commuting to work.
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