Best Cities For Singles In Virginia For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Virginia have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in Virginia.

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Are you trying to find love in Virginia?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we've got you covered here. At least, we'll point you in the right direction - which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we're all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in Virginia, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Old Dominion ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren't married, or in a serious relationship. That's great news for people looking for their match.

So, where are the best cities for singles in Virginia? We've got the answers here.

These are the best cities for singles in Virginia for 2020:

  1. Alexandria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Charlottesville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Blacksburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Herndon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Manassas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Harrisonburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Radford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Falls Church (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Richmond (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Fairfax (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in Virginia? Alexandria ranks as the best place for singles in Virginia if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you're single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin'.

The most boring place in virginia? That would be Martinsville.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in virginia or the safest places to live in virginia.

For more Virginia reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Virginia For 2020

Alexandria, VA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 156,505
Median Age: 36.5
Married households: 4.0%
Households with kids: 22.4%
More on Alexandria: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 139,966, and in 2016, the population was estimated to be 155,810. Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 7 miles south of downtown Washington, D.C.

Review Of Alexandria by HomeSnacks User

Alexandria is a wonderful place to live and is one of the best places to find a charming, suburban community so close to downtown washington DC. It is an expensive place to live but it has a strong community, many activities for families, and plenty of amenities.

The Del Ray neighborhood is a wonderful and quaint place to visit a farmer's market or get a delicious bite to eat. Old Town is vibrant and filled with excellent food and shopping options.

Charlottesville, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 47,042
Median Age: 31.3
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 23.5%
More on Charlottesville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Charlottesville, colloquially known as Cville by locals, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2016, an estimated 46,912 people lived within the city limits. It is the county seat of Albemarle County, which surrounds the city, though the two are separate legal entities. This means a Charlottesville resident will list the City of Charlottesville as both their county and city on official paperwork. It is named after the British Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the City of Charlottesville with the County of Albemarle for statistical purposes, bringing its steadily growing population to approximately 150,000. Charlottesville is the heart of the Charlottesville metropolitan area, which includes Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson counties.

Review Of Charlottesville by HomeSnacks User

great town! perfect family area for raising children. The view of the mountains in some places are crazy amazing. great restaurants and the downtown is amazing. its a great city thats not too large

love wild wing cafe! its in a great spot. love that its a great family experience. I love the views in from pantops. its also great location for anywhere youd like to go with mountains and wineries

Blacksburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 44,245
Median Age: 22.0
Married households: 5.0%
Households with kids: 17.0%
More on Blacksburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Blacksburg is an incorporated town in Montgomery County, Virginia, United States, with a population of 42,620 at the 2010 census. Blacksburg is dominated economically and demographically by the presence of Virginia Tech.

Herndon, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,520
Median Age: 35.0
Married households: 5.0%
Households with kids: 38.3%
More on Herndon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Herndon is a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area of the United States. The population was 23,292 at the 2010 census, which makes it the largest of three incorporated towns in the county.

Manassas, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 41,457
Median Age: 33.7
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 40.5%
More on Manassas: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Manassas is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 37,821. The city borders Prince William County, the independent city of Manassas Park, and Fairfax County. The Bureau of Economic Analysis includes both Manassas and Manassas Park with Prince William County for statistical purposes.

Review Of Manassas by HomeSnacks User

Low crime. Good people. Close to DC. Plenty to do.

Lots of free family activities. Traffic is terrible on 28.

Harrisonburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 53,391
Median Age: 25.1
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 28.4%
More on Harrisonburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Harrisonburg is an independent city in the Shenandoah Valley region of the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 48,914, with a census-estimated 2016 population of 53,078. Harrisonburg is the county seat of the surrounding Rockingham County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Harrisonburg with Rockingham County for statistical purposes into the Harrisonburg, Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a 2011 estimated population of 126,562.

Radford, VA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,630
Median Age: 22.9
Married households: 11.0%
Households with kids: 21.3%
More on Radford: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Radford is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,408. For statistical purposes, the Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Radford with neighboring Montgomery County.

Falls Church, VA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,067
Median Age: 38.8
Married households: 5.0%
Households with kids: 35.5%
More on Falls Church: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Falls Church is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,332. The estimated population in 2015 was 13,892. Falls Church is included in the Washington metropolitan area. Falls Church has the lowest level of poverty of any independent city or county in the United States.

Richmond, VA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 223,787
Median Age: 33.8
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 21.4%
More on Richmond: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is the center of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Greater Richmond Region. It was incorporated in 1742, and has been an independent city since 1871.

Review Of Richmond by HomeSnacks User

Vienna are you kidding me-- I agree with the other person. I don't think you have visited some of these places. I lived there for a long time. I live in Richmond now. But Vienna is not s****y. And what about the rest of Virginia---

Fairfax, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,865
Median Age: 38.1
Married households: 7.0%
Households with kids: 31.7%
More on Fairfax: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Fairfax, colloquially Central Fairfax, Downtown Fairfax, Fairfax City, or the City of Fairfax, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census the population was 22,565, which had risen to an estimated 24,013 as of 2015.

How do you determine which city is best for singles in virginia anyways?

To give you the places in virginia which are best for singles to find one another, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what single people like.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Old Dominion

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2014-2018 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of virginia, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that's male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 12,000 people. For virginia, that meant a total of 38 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Alexandria is the talk of the town while Martinsville is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in virginia for 2020

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in virginia ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the most boring cities in virginia according to the data:

  1. Martinsville
  2. Staunton
  3. Poquoson

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Virginia

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Alexandria, VA 156,505 36.5
2 Charlottesville, VA 47,042 31.3
3 Blacksburg, VA 44,245 22.0
4 Herndon, VA 24,520 35.0
5 Manassas, VA 41,457 33.7
6 Harrisonburg, VA 53,391 25.1
7 Radford, VA 17,630 22.9
8 Falls Church, VA 14,067 38.8
9 Richmond, VA 223,787 33.8
10 Fairfax, VA 23,865 38.1
11 Norfolk, VA 245,592 30.5
12 Williamsburg, VA 14,788 24.6
13 Leesburg, VA 52,125 35.1
14 Fredericksburg, VA 28,469 30.3
15 Newport News, VA 180,145 33.3
16 Manassas Park, VA 16,423 35.3
17 Winchester, VA 27,789 37.3
18 Hampton, VA 135,583 36.1
19 Portsmouth, VA 95,311 35.2
20 Vienna, VA 16,488 41.3
21 Virginia Beach, VA 450,135 35.9
22 Lynchburg, VA 80,131 28.2
23 Roanoke, VA 99,621 38.7
24 Culpeper, VA 18,113 32.9
25 Petersburg, VA 31,827 38.7
26 Christiansburg, VA 22,049 38.7
27 Chesapeake, VA 237,820 36.7
28 Hopewell, VA 22,408 36.5
29 Waynesboro, VA 21,926 39.4
30 Front Royal, VA 15,240 37.3
31 Bristol, VA 16,843 42.2
32 Colonial Heights, VA 17,593 40.3
33 Suffolk, VA 89,160 38.2
34 Salem, VA 25,519 41.3
35 Danville, VA 41,512 41.1
36 Poquoson, VA 12,039 43.2
37 Staunton, VA 24,452 42.5
38 Martinsville, VA 13,101 40.8

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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