These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Richmond, VA For 2018


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

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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:

  1. Windsor Farms
  2. Mary Munford
  3. Stratford Hills
  4. Three Chopt
  5. The Museum District
  6. Colonial Place
  7. Carytown
  8. Malvern Gardens
  9. Westover Hills
  10. Bellevue

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.

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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

Population: 1,624
Median Income: $176,338
Median Home Value: $844,100

2. Mary Munford

Population: 1,445
Median Income: $68,516
Median Home Value: $359,000

3. Stratford Hills

Population: 2,783
Median Income: $85,989
Median Home Value: $249,150

4. Three Chopt

Population: 2,198
Median Income: $100,134
Median Home Value: $385,700

5. The Museum District

Population: 6,834
Median Income: $52,257
Median Home Value: $309,800

6. Colonial Place

Population: 2,043
Median Income: $94,520
Median Home Value: $344,075

7. Carytown

Population: 2,242
Median Income: $54,184
Median Home Value: $268,050

8. Malvern Gardens

Population: 1,528
Median Income: $70,560
Median Home Value: $283,867

9. Westover Hills

Population: 1,017
Median Income: $63,854
Median Home Value: $248,350

10. Bellevue

Population: 2,580
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:

  1. Jeff Davis
  2. Creighton
  3. Fairfield

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Richmond

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Windsor Farms 1,624 $844,100 1,334 0.6%
2 Mary Munford 1,445 $359,000 1,334 1.8%
3 Stratford Hills 2,783 $249,150 2,106 3.4%
4 Three Chopt 2,198 $385,700 1,334 1.4%
5 The Museum District 6,834 $309,800 2,145 5.6%
6 Colonial Place 2,043 $344,075 1,334 2.8%
7 Carytown 2,242 $268,050 2,531 4.2%
8 Malvern Gardens 1,528 $283,867 1,503 2.2%
9 Westover Hills 1,017 $248,350 2,541 1.0%
10 Bellevue 2,580 $263,700 2,354 2.8%
11 Oxford 1,896 $260,750 2,525 2.4%
12 Forest Hill 1,043 $244,250 2,215 3.2%
13 Church Hill 2,149 $240,220 2,680 3.7%
14 Huguenot 3,489 $280,750 1,334 5.0%
15 Ginter Park 4,634 $253,529 2,879 6.1%
16 Bryan Park 1,079 $280,000 2,763 1.4%
17 Westlake Hills 1,160 $184,200 3,654 6.2%
18 Shockoe Bottom 2,254 $260,650 2,884 3.8%
19 Forest Hill Terrace 1,241 $218,750 2,885 3.4%
20 The Fan 13,650 $381,640 1,733 4.5%
21 Chippenham Forest 1,003 $268,800 3,159 2.5%
22 Cedarhurst 2,151 $177,800 3,566 5.6%
23 Blackwell 1,364 $125,867 4,760 10.1%
24 Jackson Ward 1,516 $237,300 3,715 5.1%
25 Oregon Hill 1,257 $202,400 3,669 10.0%
26 Woodland Heights 2,108 $212,050 3,562 7.0%
27 Union Hill 1,151 $202,200 3,813 3.6%
28 Old Town Manchester 1,185 $120,050 4,761 10.9%
29 Randolph 2,877 $168,300 4,154 6.2%
30 Northrop 1,655 $225,000 3,816 4.0%
31 Chimborazo 1,572 $184,033 3,648 8.2%
32 Reedy Creek 1,300 $160,200 4,489 2.9%
33 Vcu 3,919 $279,900 4,375 12.6%
34 Northern Barton Heights 2,652 $155,720 4,308 6.9%
35 Monroe Ward 1,705 $275,850 2,863 7.0%
36 Mcguire Manor 1,549 $108,900 4,939 15.4%
37 Beaufont 1,398 $134,000 4,477 4.3%
38 Byrd Park 1,349 $221,500 3,314 8.4%
39 Walmsley 2,278 $130,400 4,462 6.6%
40 South Garden 2,168 $120,900 4,763 5.3%
41 Piney Knolls 3,194 $146,500 4,809 17.6%
42 Swansboro 2,119 $153,429 4,429 9.8%
43 Virginia Union 1,563 $155,525 4,318 7.1%
44 Cottrell Farms 1,145 $133,850 4,326 4.7%
45 Brookland Park 1,836 $150,567 4,285 8.1%
46 Worthington 1,112 $116,250 4,570 7.8%
47 British Camp Farms 1,693 $124,350 4,623 5.4%
48 Swansboro West 2,334 $113,600 5,024 18.1%
49 Westover 2,569 $144,900 4,464 9.5%
50 Swanson 1,072 $121,100 4,120 6.6%
51 Hickory Hill 1,487 $121,300 4,489 6.8%
52 Oak Grove 1,209 $59,300 5,336 10.8%
53 Midlothian 3,371 $110,712 4,818 8.1%
54 Church Hill North 2,535 $129,480 4,459 7.3%
55 Bellemeade 2,913 $85,133 5,336 17.2%
56 Oakwood Cemetery 1,155 $106,900 4,988 11.1%
57 Jahnke 2,679 $121,100 4,435 7.3%
58 Fulton 4,244 $126,375 4,761 8.2%
59 Woodhaven 1,820 $111,700 4,909 9.0%
60 Providence Park 1,520 $109,250 5,033 7.6%
61 Eastview 1,014 $128,200 5,336 8.5%
62 Chamberlayne Industrial Center 1,241 $129,800 4,917 8.0%
63 North Highland Park 2,922 $104,267 4,945 9.8%
64 Broad Rock Industrial Park 1,179 $51,433 5,219 9.5%
65 Hioaks 1,441 $76,000 5,131 5.6%
66 Fairmount 1,016 $64,033 5,316 5.9%
67 Carver 2,345 $150,300 4,583 9.7%
68 Whitcomb 2,265 $96,100 5,260 7.8%
69 Highland Park Southern Tip 1,500 $110,975 4,927 9.3%
70 Upper Shockoe Valley 1,473 $106,675 5,142 5.9%
71 Mosby 1,680 $28,750 5,336 8.0%
72 Fairfield 1,049 $110,650 5,336 9.3%
73 Creighton 1,234 $93,100 5,336 9.8%
74 Jeff Davis 2,194 $48,633 5,336 9.1%

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