Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Richmond, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Richmond neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Richmond are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Richmond for 2018:
- Windsor Farms (Homes)
- Mary Munford (Homes)
- Stratford Hills (Homes)
- Three Chopt (Homes)
- The Museum District (Homes)
- Colonial Place (Homes)
- Carytown (Homes)
- Malvern Gardens (Homes)
- Westover Hills (Homes)
- Bellevue (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Richmond that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Richmond.
If you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Virginia check out:
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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Richmond for 2018?
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Richmond, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.
Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 74 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Richmond.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Windsor Farms.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Richmond has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. Windsor Farms
Median Income: $176,338
Median Home Value: $844,100
2. Mary Munford
Median Income: $68,516
Median Home Value: $359,000
3. Stratford Hills
Median Income: $85,989
Median Home Value: $249,150
4. Three Chopt
Median Income: $100,134
Median Home Value: $385,700
Three Chopt is a neighborhood in western Richmond, Virginia that is located at the southern terminus of the famous Three Notch’d Road, which in itself serves as a main artery for the community. Located in the West End of the city, the neighborhood is directly to the east of the University of Richmond campus and the suburbs of Westham and Tuckahoe.
More on Three Chopt: Real Estate | Data
5. The Museum District
Median Income: $52,257
Median Home Value: $309,800
The Museum District, alternately known as West of the Boulevard, or the Upper Fan, is a neighborhood in the city of Richmond, Virginia. It is anchored by the contiguous six-block tract of museums along the west side of Boulevard, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Historical Society, hence the name.
More on The Museum District: Real Estate | Data
6. Colonial Place
Median Income: $94,520
Median Home Value: $344,075
Median Income: $54,184
Median Home Value: $268,050
Carytown is an urban retail district lining Cary Street at the southern end of the Museum District in Richmond, Virginia. Located near The Fan District, the district has an eclectic flavor and includes over 230 shops, restaurants, and offices. The area is also home to one of the city’s institutions, the Byrd Theatre, a restored movie palace that has operated continuously since 1928.
More on Carytown: Real Estate | Data
8. Malvern Gardens
Median Income: $70,560
Median Home Value: $283,867
9. Westover Hills
Median Income: $63,854
Median Home Value: $248,350
Westover Hills, one of Richmond’s more established neighborhoods, is located directly south of the James River where State Route 161, a major north-south roadway through the city, crosses via the Boulevard Bridge from the Citys Fan District. The neighborhood lies along both the east and west sides of Westover Hills Boulevard in that area. This location makes it near the geographical center of the City. Most of the homes were built during the 1920-1940 period. The styles are highly varied, with Cape Cods located next to Spanish Colonial and Tudor Revival, with the odd farmhouse or Arts and Crafts thrown in.
More on Westover Hills: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $60,210
Median Home Value: $263,700
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Richmond
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Richmond where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Richmond:
- Jeff Davis
For more reading, check out:
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- 10 Safest Places In Virginia
Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Richmond
|5||The Museum District||6,834|
|19||Forest Hill Terrace||1,241|
|28||Old Town Manchester||1,185|
|34||Northern Barton Heights||2,652|
|47||British Camp Farms||1,693|
|54||Church Hill North||2,535|
|62||Chamberlayne Industrial Center||1,241|
|63||North Highland Park||2,922|
|64||Broad Rock Industrial Park||1,179|
|69||Highland Park Southern Tip||1,500|
|70||Upper Shockoe Valley||1,473|