When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Virginia.
But where exactly in Virginia? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.
To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Virginia that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.
What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Lexington don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Old Dominion to retire:
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Old Dominion
To create our list of the best places in Virginia to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Old Dominion with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.
This left us with 54 places from across the state.
For these 54, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:
- Low cost of living
- Low crime
- Things to do (As measured by population density)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 54, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Lexington, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
Population: 7,114Cost Of Living: 98
Distance to Closest Airport: 117 miles
Crime Per 100k: 843
Lexington ranked 1 overall thanks to its 27 place rank for cost of living and 2 place safety rank.
Population: 25,120Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 119 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,105
Salem ranked 2 overall thanks to its 11 place rank for cost of living and 14 place safety rank.
3. Manassas Park
Population: 14,992Cost Of Living: 120
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,160
Manassas Park ranked 3 overall thanks to its 45 place rank for cost of living and 6 place safety rank.
Population: 8,129Cost Of Living: 91
Distance to Closest Airport: 114 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,100
Vinton ranked 4 overall thanks to its 14 place rank for cost of living and 31 place safety rank.
Population: 16,173Cost Of Living: 203
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,051
Vienna ranked 5 overall thanks to its 54 place rank for cost of living and 5 place safety rank.
Population: 136,904Cost Of Living: 94
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,466
Hampton ranked 6 overall thanks to its 18 place rank for cost of living and 37 place safety rank.
Population: 77,626Cost Of Living: 91
Distance to Closest Airport: 103 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,038
Lynchburg ranked 7 overall thanks to its 14 place rank for cost of living and 29 place safety rank.
Population: 5,853Cost Of Living: 79
Distance to Closest Airport: 146 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,067
Covington ranked 8 overall thanks to its 1 place rank for cost of living and 13 place safety rank.
Population: 43,204Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 130 miles
Crime Per 100k: 986
Blacksburg ranked 9 overall thanks to its 33 place rank for cost of living and 4 place safety rank.
Population: 17,595Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 118 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,046
Bristol ranked 10 overall thanks to its 6 place rank for cost of living and 30 place safety rank.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Virginia goes to Lexington.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- South Boston
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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Virginia
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