These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Virginia For 2019


We analyzed over 36 places in Virginia to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Virginia.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not 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.

Where exactly in Virginia is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Martinsville as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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 Martinsville don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Old Dominion to retire for 2019:

Why did Martinsville take the top spot? And where are Virginia Beach and Norfolk?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details or check out the best places to retire in America.

For Virginia state reading:

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Old Dominion for 2019

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 — 593 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 12,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 36 places from across the state.

For these 36, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 36, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Martinsville, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

Martinsville, VA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,551
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $629
Distance to Closest Airport: 81 miles
More on Martinsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Martinsville is an independent city near the southern border of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,821. It is the county seat of Henry County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Martinsville with Henry County for statistical purposes.

Staunton, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,234
Rank Last Year: 42 (Up 40)
Median Rent: $799
Distance to Closest Airport: 102 miles
More on Staunton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Staunton is an independent city in the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,746. In Virginia, independent cities are separate jurisdictions from the counties that surround them, so the government offices of Augusta County are in Verona, which is contiguous to Staunton.

Poquoson, VA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 12,068
Rank Last Year: 58 (Up 55)
Median Rent: $1,140
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
More on Poquoson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Poquoson is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,150. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Poquoson with surrounding York County for statistical purposes.

Hopewell, VA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 22,332
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Median Rent: $820
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
More on Hopewell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hopewell is an independent city within Prince George County in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,591. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Hopewell with Prince George County for statistical purposes.

Danville, VA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 42,360
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $602
Distance to Closest Airport: 59 miles
More on Danville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Danville is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 43,055. It is bounded by Pittsylvania County, Virginia and Caswell County, North Carolina. It hosts the Danville Braves baseball club of the Appalachian League.

Falls Church, VA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,597
Rank Last Year: 61 (Up 55)
Median Rent: $1,569
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
More on Falls Church: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Falls Church is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,332. The estimated population in 2015 was 13,892. Falls Church is included in the Washington metropolitan area. Falls Church has the lowest level of poverty of any independent city or county in the United States.

Williamsburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 14,988
Rank Last Year: 56 (Up 50)
Median Rent: $1,093
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
More on Williamsburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Williamsburg is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,068. In 2014, the population was estimated to be 14,691.

Petersburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 31,997
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6)
Median Rent: $857
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
More on Petersburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Petersburg is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,420. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines Petersburg with Dinwiddie County for statistical purposes. It is located on the Appomattox River and 21 miles south of the state capital of Richmond. The city’s unique industrial past and its location as a transportation hub combined to create wealth for Virginia and the region.

Leesburg, VA

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 49,401
Rank Last Year: 57 (Up 48)
Median Rent: $1,446
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
More on Leesburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Leesburg is a historic town within and the county seat of Loudoun County, Virginia. Leesburg is 33 miles west-northwest of Washington, D.C. along the base of Catoctin Mountain and adjacent to the Potomac River. Its population according to the 2010 Census is 42,616. The town is also the northwestern terminus of the Dulles Greenway, a private toll road that connects to the Dulles Toll Road at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Winchester, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 27,349
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 14)
Median Rent: $937
Distance to Closest Airport: 41 miles
More on Winchester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Winchester is an independent city located in the northwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,203. As of 2015, its population is an estimated 27,284. It is the county seat of Frederick County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Winchester with surrounding Frederick County for statistical purposes.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Virginia Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Virginia goes to Martinsville.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Blacksburg
  2. Fredericksburg
  3. Chesapeake

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Virginia

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Martinsville 13,551 $629
2 Staunton 24,234 $799
3 Poquoson 12,068 $1,140
4 Hopewell 22,332 $820
5 Danville 42,360 $602
6 Falls Church 13,597 $1,569
7 Williamsburg 14,988 $1,093
8 Petersburg 31,997 $857
9 Leesburg 49,401 $1,446
10 Winchester 27,349 $937
11 Front Royal 15,006 $905
12 Bristol 17,340 $669
13 Salem 25,290 $842
14 Vienna 16,378 $1,896
15 Waynesboro 21,366 $801
16 Harrisonburg 51,979 $834
17 Alexandria 151,473 $1,611
18 Lynchburg 78,755 $782
19 Christiansburg 21,799 $795
20 Culpeper 17,565 $1,068
21 Radford 17,186 $762
22 Herndon 24,415 $1,791
23 Roanoke 99,329 $748
24 Colonial Heights 17,554 $965
25 Newport News 181,606 $972
26 Hampton 136,789 $1,032
27 Virginia Beach 449,733 $1,258
28 Manassas Park 15,827 $1,551
29 Portsmouth 96,071 $977
30 Suffolk 87,061 $1,052
31 Norfolk 245,724 $980
32 Charlottesville 45,538 $1,030
33 Manassas 41,149 $1,376
34 Chesapeake 233,194 $1,180
35 Fredericksburg 27,853 $1,096
36 Blacksburg 43,973 $964

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