The 10 Best Richmond, VA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Richmond are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Richmond.
Best Neighborhoods In Richmond

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 2019:

  1. Mary Munford (Homes)
  2. Three Chopt (Homes)
  3. Colonial Place (Homes)
  4. Malvern Gardens (Homes)
  5. Stonewall Court (Homes)
  6. The Fan (Homes)
  7. Monument Avenue Park (Homes)
  8. Windsor Farms (Homes)
  9. The Museum District (Homes)
  10. Carytown (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Richmond for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Mary Munford looks to be the best Richmond neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Richmond hoods in 2019

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 136 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, Mary Munford.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Richmond, Virginia has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,463
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $373,500 (10th best)
Median Income: $70,202 (17th best)
More on Mary Munford: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,235
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $433,900 (7th best)
Median Income: $110,615 (5th best)
More on Three Chopt: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 2,098
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $379,950 (9th best)
Median Income: $105,212 (6th best)
More on Colonial Place: Homes For Sale | Data

Malvern Gardens Richmond, VA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,494
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $316,800 (14th best)
Median Income: $77,642 (14th best)
More on Malvern Gardens: Homes For Sale | Data

Malvern Gardens is a small, upper-middle class neighborhood in the West End of Richmond, Virginia.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 942
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 24)
Median Home Value: $483,450 (3rd best)
Median Income: $127,808 (4th best)
More on Stonewall Court: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,216
Rank Last Year: 42 (Up 37)
Median Home Value: $383,990 (8th best)
Median Income: $55,164 (35th best)
More on The Fan: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 631
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $267,900 (24th best)
Median Income: $86,484 (10th best)
More on Monument Avenue Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Windsor Farms Richmond, VA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,597
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 7)
Median Home Value: $866,100 (2nd best)
Median Income: $220,818 (2nd best)
More on Windsor Farms: Homes For Sale | Data

Windsor Farms is a 20th-century neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia, of primarily Colonial Revival design.

The Museum District Richmond, VA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,902
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $334,660 (11th best)
Median Income: $54,284 (36th best)
More on The Museum District: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Carytown Richmond, VA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,965
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $298,150 (17th best)
Median Income: $56,769 (31st best)
More on Carytown: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Richmond

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Richmond where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Richmond aren’t all good. Cofer takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Richmond.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Richmond For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Mary Munford 1,463 $373,500 $70,202
2 Three Chopt 2,235 $433,900 $110,615
3 Colonial Place 2,098 $379,950 $105,212
4 Malvern Gardens 1,494 $316,800 $77,642
5 Stonewall Court 942 $483,450 $127,808
6 The Fan 13,216 $383,990 $55,164
7 Monument Avenue Park 631 $267,900 $86,484
8 Windsor Farms 1,597 $866,100 $220,818
9 The Museum District 6,902 $334,660 $54,284
10 Carytown 1,965 $298,150 $56,769
11 Wilton 743 $899,800 $231,750
12 Oxford 2,122 $286,400 $83,076
13 Willow Lawn 997 $333,700 $87,861
14 Westover Hills 1,031 $253,350 $65,729
15 Sauer’s Gardens 1,042 $255,000 $63,936
16 Sherwood Park 813 $242,400 $69,063
17 Bellevue 2,672 $270,133 $62,486
18 Church Hill 2,389 $258,120 $51,391
19 Forest Hill Terrace 1,167 $236,950 $57,652
20 Forest Hill 1,061 $260,000 $80,692
21 Shockoe Bottom 2,545 $254,350 $40,956
22 Ginter Park 4,164 $257,286 $50,565
23 Chippenham Forest 1,127 $280,000 $50,320
24 Huguenot 3,374 $276,850 $86,355
25 Stratford Hills 2,786 $259,025 $86,908
26 Oregon Hill 1,330 $198,200 $56,071
27 Bryan Park 933 $287,200 $37,549
28 Westover Hills West 635 $196,100 $70,909
29 Gambles Hill 343 $483,300 $37,123
30 Edgewood 780 $148,850 $56,274
31 Forest View 819 $215,767 $51,837
32 Cedarhurst 2,102 $179,600 $57,756
33 Central Office 245 $483,300 $37,123
34 Forest Hill Park 391 $267,850 $64,032
35 Willow Oaks 610 $231,600 $56,538
36 Shockoe Slip 181 $483,300 $37,123
37 Country Club Of Virginia 560 $313,550 $150,667
38 Woodland Heights 2,160 $203,825 $48,226
39 Rosedale 780 $253,000 $51,702
40 Gravel Hill 577 $235,050 $67,228
41 Stony Point 1,053 $325,900 $86,621
42 Monroe Ward 2,193 $241,650 $30,694
43 Chimborazo 1,713 $203,633 $43,921
44 Scott’s Addition 566 $224,350 $45,348
45 Byrd Park 1,436 $216,600 $63,763
46 Southampton 485 $308,100 $73,333
47 Northrop 1,426 $235,000 $24,777
48 Westlake Hills 1,641 $180,433 $45,592
49 Union Hill 1,260 $182,500 $31,748
50 Fawnbrook 562 $179,800 $43,737
51 Carillon 560 $218,750 $68,020
52 Randolph 2,867 $176,067 $41,655
53 Jackson Ward 1,753 $237,500 $28,125
54 The Diamond 1,021 $212,700 $57,580
55 Westover 2,917 $148,550 $44,202
56 South Garden 2,008 $116,900 $44,849
57 Reedy Creek 1,363 $166,200 $26,875
58 Brookhaven Farms 279 $179,800 $43,737
59 Powhite Park 310 $189,400 $60,734
60 Cottrell Farms 1,012 $145,050 $40,763
61 Museums 263 $206,600 $49,306
62 Newtowne West 181 $206,600 $49,306
63 Stadium 351 $162,500 $42,216
64 Northern Barton Heights 2,503 $160,000 $43,478
65 Walmsley 2,485 $144,450 $43,834
66 Belle And Mayo Islands 173 $175,500 $31,063
67 Maymont Park 212 $197,100 $59,100
68 Vcu 3,791 $291,700 $15,898
69 Carver 2,454 $156,300 $35,958
70 Virginia Union 1,544 $152,125 $47,192
71 Brookland Park 1,945 $140,367 $37,118
72 Beaufont 1,400 $129,600 $31,633
73 Ginter Park Terrace 366 $150,600 $43,438
74 Capitol District 288 $241,650 $37,123
75 Church Hill North 2,068 $136,580 $37,656
76 Old Town Manchester 1,520 $128,150 $39,884
77 Broad Rock Sports Complex 396 $116,900 $44,849
78 City Center 454 $240,267 $32,624
79 Swanson 1,062 $113,600 $42,466
80 Jahnke 3,040 $120,950 $38,910
81 Highland Park Southern Tip 1,715 $113,175 $33,429
82 British Camp Farms 1,634 $126,250 $41,170
83 Belt Center 831 $127,050 $45,910
84 Fulton 4,591 $125,325 $29,791
85 Swansboro 2,229 $148,900 $35,306
86 Hickory Hill 1,529 $113,600 $43,144
87 John Marshall 850 $241,600 $30,827
88 Blackwell 1,428 $128,367 $35,756
89 Warwick 621 $113,600 $42,466
90 North Highland Park 3,149 $102,067 $32,693
91 Mcguire Manor 1,373 $110,000 $38,393
92 Piney Knolls 3,545 $146,150 $36,540
93 Whitcomb 2,820 $95,467 $20,537
94 Mcguire Veterans Hospital 459 $135,600 $35,536
95 Pocoshock 412 $113,600 $42,466
96 Providence Park 1,148 $101,550 $29,920
97 Woodhaven 1,959 $116,400 $36,128
98 Southern Barton Heights 750 $139,867 $39,618
99 Chamberlayne Industrial Center 1,071 $130,767 $35,993
100 Cullenwood 268 $135,600 $35,536
101 Eastview 1,292 $79,000 $10,304
102 Hioaks 1,328 $70,200 $33,516
103 Deerbourne 691 $123,450 $35,631
104 Brauers 725 $97,500 $20,357
105 Brookbury 591 $167,300 $42,853
106 Oakwood Cemetery 1,298 $103,400 $37,159
107 Belmont Woods 519 $167,300 $42,853
108 Magnolia Industrial Center 692 $116,200 $26,554
109 Fairmount 1,300 $63,567 $17,747
110 Creighton 1,085 $84,800 $11,581
111 Fairfield 1,218 $81,900 $10,942
112 Highland Terrace 753 $89,950 $29,649
113 Upper Shockoe Valley 1,491 $74,250 $18,752
114 Green Park 664 $97,800 $31,462
115 Worthington 1,230 $114,850 $33,783
116 Midlothian 3,735 $111,812 $33,587
117 Maymont 314 $136,300 $25,938
118 Parnell Industrial Area 889 $93,550 $32,636
119 Peter Paul 768 $85,200 $22,004
120 Woodville 755 $85,200 $22,004
121 Swansboro West 2,060 $98,850 $21,406
122 Hollywood Cemetery 568 $119,200 $24,375
123 Oakwood 306 $103,400 $37,159
124 Davee Gardens 43 $59,600 $29,063
125 Biotech And Mcv District 506 $118,750 $28,125
126 Washington Park 601 $120,200 $26,711
127 Pine Camp 451 $120,200 $26,711
128 Maury 921 $65,500 $29,241
129 Elkhardt 789 $116,100 $25,100
130 Jeff Davis 2,196 $44,200 $27,816
131 Hillside Court 728 $66,800 $16,732
132 Mcguire 725 $91,650 $27,772
133 Broad Rock 708 $68,200 $25,694
134 Oak Grove 1,511 $55,667 $31,698
135 Broad Rock Industrial Park 1,207 $51,133 $25,689
136 Cofer 357 $36,150 $27,474

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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