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:
- Poquoson city (Photos)
- Loudoun County (Photos)
- Falls Church city (Photos)
- Fauquier County (Photos)
- Fairfax County (Photos)
- King William County
- Prince William County (Photos)
- Augusta County (Photos)
- Virginia Beach city (Photos)
- 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.
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.
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.
Biggest Place: Virginia Beach
Median Income: $67,719 (13th best)
Median Home Price: $262,200 (25th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (32nd best)
More on Virginia Beach City: Photos | Data
10. Hanover County
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:
- Emporia City
- Petersburg City
- Galax City
For more Virginia reading, check out:
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Virginia
- 10 Worst Cities In Virginia For 2017
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Virginia
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Virginia