These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Virginia For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Virginia have the most for people looking to make the move to Virginia.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Virginia a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Virginia.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Old Dominion based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Virginia, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 88 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Old Dominion for 2018:

  1. Poquoson city (Photos)
  2. Loudoun County (Photos)
  3. Falls Church city (Photos)
  4. Fauquier County (Photos)
  5. Fairfax County (Photos)
  6. King William County
  7. Prince William County (Photos)
  8. Augusta County (Photos)
  9. Virginia Beach city (Photos)
  10. Hanover County (Photos)

Poquoson City is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Virginia. And you might want to avoid Emporia City if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Virginia, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Virginia and the best places to raise a family in Virginia.

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How do you determine which Virginia county is the best?

To give you the best county in Virginia, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Virginia across each of the criteria from one to 88, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Virginia’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Old Dominion.

Read on to see why Poquoson City is the best county, while Emporia City is probably in contention for being the worst county in Virginia.

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1. Poquoson City

Poquoson, VA

Biggest Place: Poquoson
Population: 12,068
Median Income: $84,643 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $301,800 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (1st best)
More on Poquoson City: PhotosData

2. Loudoun County

Leesburg, VA

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Ashburn
Population: 362,435
Median Income: $125,672 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $462,100 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (4th best)
More on Loudoun County: PhotosData

3. Falls Church City

Falls Church, VA

Biggest Place: Falls Church
Population: 13,597
Median Income: $115,244 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $724,000 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (25th best)
More on Falls Church City: PhotosData

4. Fauquier County

Warrenton, VA

Biggest Place: Warrenton
Population: 68,025
Median Income: $91,221 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $363,800 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (7th best)
More on Fauquier County: PhotosData

5. Fairfax County

Bailey

Source: Wikipedia

Biggest Place: Centreville
Population: 1,132,887
Median Income: $114,329 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $516,800 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (13th best)
More on Fairfax County: PhotosData

6. King William County

Biggest Place: West Point
Population: 16,156
Median Income: $64,297 (18th best)
Median Home Price: $200,100 (40th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (4th best)
More on King William County: Data

7. Prince William County

Dumfries, VA

Biggest Place: Dale City
Population: 443,630
Median Income: $98,546 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $345,900 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (28th best)
More on Prince William County: PhotosData

8. Augusta County

Grottoes, VA

Biggest Place: Stuarts Draft
Population: 74,330
Median Income: $56,802 (22nd best)
Median Home Price: $199,700 (42nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (18th best)
More on Augusta County: PhotosData

9. Virginia Beach City

Virginia Beach, VA

Biggest Place: Virginia Beach
Population: 449,733
Median Income: $67,719 (13th best)
Median Home Price: $262,200 (25th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (32nd best)
More on Virginia Beach City: PhotosData

10. Hanover County

Ashland, VA

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Mechanicsville
Population: 102,199
Median Income: $81,170 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $258,900 (26th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (2nd best)
More on Hanover County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Virginia To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Virginia can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Virginia according to the data:

  1. Emporia City
  2. Petersburg City
  3. Galax City

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Virginia

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Poquoson City 1 12,068 $84,643 $301,800
Loudoun County 2 362,435 $125,672 $462,100
Falls Church City 3 13,597 $115,244 $724,000
Fauquier County 4 68,025 $91,221 $363,800
Fairfax County 5 1,132,887 $114,329 $516,800
King William County 6 16,156 $64,297 $200,100
Prince William County 7 443,630 $98,546 $345,900
Augusta County 8 74,330 $56,802 $199,700
Virginia Beach City 9 449,733 $67,719 $262,200
Hanover County 10 102,199 $81,170 $258,900
Alexandria City 11 151,473 $89,200 $520,700
Salem City 12 25,290 $52,351 $173,800
Clarke County 13 14,307 $71,986 $333,000
Roanoke County 14 93,655 $60,380 $189,800
Rockbridge County 15 22,450 $52,478 $193,300
Isle Of Wight County 16 36,027 $66,835 $244,600
Caroline County 17 29,640 $57,294 $189,000
Rockingham County 18 78,427 $55,029 $200,900
Chesapeake City 19 233,194 $69,978 $256,500
Orange County 20 34,873 $66,990 $236,100
Manassas Park City 21 15,827 $75,027 $257,800
Lancaster County 22 11,055 $50,118 $227,000
Lexington City 23 7,036 $34,464 $230,500
Montgomery County 24 97,227 $49,712 $202,900
Williamsburg City 25 14,988 $50,091 $319,500
Shenandoah County 26 42,857 $50,450 $200,100
Culpeper County 27 48,952 $66,160 $255,000
Suffolk City 28 87,061 $65,435 $236,600
Southampton County 29 18,291 $51,032 $161,500
Warren County 30 38,807 $63,734 $223,300
Amherst County 31 31,999 $47,002 $149,400
Campbell County 32 55,061 $47,005 $152,600
Charlottesville City 33 45,538 $50,727 $280,100
Westmoreland County 34 17,528 $51,566 $198,300
Manassas City 35 41,149 $74,371 $293,500
Staunton City 36 24,234 $42,948 $163,000
Alleghany County 37 15,919 $45,538 $111,500
Richmond County 38 8,868 $44,919 $153,300
Pittsylvania County 39 62,392 $43,087 $114,400
Louisa County 40 34,350 $54,662 $202,100
Grayson County 41 15,180 $31,002 $91,500
Covington City 42 5,650 $34,703 $70,900
Fredericksburg City 43 27,853 $53,980 $321,500
Giles County 44 16,871 $47,675 $105,300
Waynesboro City 45 21,366 $45,097 $158,800
Winchester City 46 27,349 $46,466 $218,600
Pulaski County 47 34,417 $49,469 $136,700
Hampton City 48 136,789 $49,890 $187,700
Colonial Heights City 49 17,554 $49,639 $166,800
Franklin County 50 56,230 $48,720 $167,900
Dickenson County 51 15,304 $31,226 $72,700
Washington County 52 54,562 $43,835 $136,600
Newport News City 53 181,606 $50,089 $189,000
Page County 54 23,759 $45,030 $171,300
Harrisonburg City 55 51,979 $40,494 $197,400
Brunswick County 56 16,573 $38,858 $109,100
Carroll County 57 29,733 $37,048 $109,400
Smyth County 58 31,513 $38,906 $91,100
Essex County 59 11,130 $47,527 $166,200
Lynchburg City 60 78,755 $40,728 $149,600
Radford City 61 17,186 $31,457 $153,900
Wise County 62 40,074 $36,352 $86,000
Buena Vista City 63 6,610 $29,109 $112,400
Wythe County 64 29,171 $42,888 $128,200
Sussex County 65 11,733 $37,917 $128,300
Russell County 66 27,973 $38,370 $94,100
Tazewell County 67 43,367 $38,238 $94,400
Lee County 68 24,911 $31,577 $78,600
Mecklenburg County 69 31,209 $40,040 $123,300
Lunenburg County 70 12,450 $39,911 $109,200
Norton City 71 3,978 $26,000 $92,500
Buchanan County 72 23,158 $30,335 $70,500
Northampton County 73 12,118 $37,011 $164,600
Nottoway County 74 15,641 $36,849 $125,500
Accomack County 75 33,060 $38,503 $151,900
Martinsville City 76 13,551 $31,719 $88,700
Norfolk City 77 245,724 $45,268 $193,100
Hopewell City 78 22,332 $40,814 $125,400
Portsmouth City 79 96,071 $47,050 $169,400
Franklin City 80 8,413 $38,333 $171,700
Bristol City 81 17,340 $35,801 $109,100
Danville City 82 42,360 $33,721 $90,800
Cumberland County 83 9,769 $37,489 $139,900
Roanoke City 84 99,329 $39,201 $133,000
Halifax County 85 35,305 $37,001 $109,200
Galax City 86 6,858 $31,110 $101,600
Petersburg City 87 31,997 $32,169 $111,300
Emporia City 88 5,565 $27,169 $122,600

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