These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Virginia


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Virginia are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Virginia, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Old Dominion and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Virginia based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Virginia ranked the based–you know, based on science. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Virginia (in which to live):

  1. Wakefield
  2. Wakefield
  3. Belle Haven
  4. Belle Haven
  5. Clifton
  6. Round Hill
  7. Hamilton
  8. Quantico
  9. Irvington
  10. Boyce

If you live in one of these small towns like Wakefield, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Virginia.

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How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Virginia

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
  • Crime Rates (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 78 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 78, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Virginia. Top of that list — Wakefield.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Virginia. Or feel free to check out the best places overall to live in Virginia.

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1. Wakefield

Source: Google Maps

Population: 11,926
Median Income: $142,917
Median Home Price: $581,900
Crime Per 100k: 926

2. Wakefield


Population 2014: 11,926
Median Income: $142,917
Median Home Price: $581,900
Crime Per 100k: 926

3. Belle Haven


Population 2014: 6,808
Median Income: $91,290
Median Home Price: $312,900
Crime Per 100k: 790

4. Belle Haven

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,808
Median Income: $91,290
Median Home Price: $312,900
Crime Per 100k: 790

5. Clifton


Population 2014: 278
Median Income: $174,219
Median Home Price: $694,900
Crime Per 100k: 982

6. Round Hill

Round Hill, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 525
Median Income: $96,429
Median Home Price: $358,000
Crime Per 100k: 1,751

7. Hamilton

Hamilton, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 429
Median Income: $63,021
Median Home Price: $317,000
Crime Per 100k: 1,909

8. Quantico

Quantico, Virginia

Source: Youtube.Com

Population: 463
Median Income: $41,250
Median Home Price: $239,300
Crime Per 100k: 1,323

9. Irvington


Population 2014: 607
Median Income: $64,107
Median Home Price: $331,700
Crime Per 100k: 1,747

10. Boyce


Population 2014: 648
Median Income: $74,286
Median Home Price: $287,800
Crime Per 100k: 2,394

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 10 small towns in Virginia are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Virginia:

  1. Troutdale
  2. Clinchco
  3. Goshen

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Virginia

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Wakefield 1 11,926 $142,917 $581,900 926
Wakefield 2 11,926 $142,917 $581,900 926
Belle Haven 3 6,808 $91,290 $312,900 790
Belle Haven 4 6,808 $91,290 $312,900 790
Clifton 5 278 $174,219 $694,900 982
Round Hill 6 525 $96,429 $358,000 1,751
Hamilton 7 429 $63,021 $317,000 1,909
Quantico 8 463 $41,250 $239,300 1,323
Irvington 9 607 $64,107 $331,700 1,747
Boyce 10 648 $74,286 $287,800 2,394
Parksley 11 1,091 $45,766 $164,000 1,136
Fincastle 12 266 $58,068 $189,800 3,038
Monterey 13 282 $50,446 $165,400 2,929
The Plains 14 222 $81,875 $450,000 1,195
Onley 15 612 $70,804 $186,400 2,128
Urbanna 16 533 $52,014 $288,200 2,247
Remington 17 735 $64,444 $272,700 2,477
Nassawadox 18 556 $46,875 $159,400 3,012
Troutville 19 560 $44,861 $187,700 3,121
Accomac 20 380 $43,542 $190,900 3,196
Mount Crawford 21 408 $57,125 $200,000 2,901
Madison 22 160 $58,750 $309,400 2,227
Middleburg 23 611 $55,962 $425,000 3,506
Chatham 24 1,106 $42,426 $136,700 468
Melfa 25 437 $37,750 $141,000 3,414
Boones Mill 26 217 $68,750 $92,500 3,360
Surry 27 318 $72,857 $202,800 2,916
Mineral 28 629 $57,333 $189,300 3,074
Ivor 29 417 $42,708 $136,000 3,445
White Stone 30 257 $38,438 $153,100 292
Rich Creek 31 746 $32,625 $99,900 2,895
Cape Charles 32 980 $29,904 $292,600 2,741
Boykins 33 723 $42,321 $135,100 2,190
Dillwyn 34 742 $35,772 $111,600 3,640
Boydton 35 518 $39,500 $134,700 3,636
Ridgeway 36 934 $43,938 $123,400 3,496
Scottsville 37 503 $40,521 $250,800 2,550
Jarratt 38 645 $49,737 $110,800 3,471
Newsoms 39 432 $72,917 $147,900 3,155
New Castle 40 283 $31,676 $47,800 3,927
Stanardsville 41 260 $33,646 $176,600 3,353
Montross 42 549 $57,250 $185,200 2,934
Toms Brook 43 235 $45,893 $140,000 3,274
Keller 44 117 $41,250 $233,300 3,027
Floyd 45 706 $35,515 $126,600 3,490
Cheriton 46 607 $26,719 $171,100 3,423
Tangier 47 520 $40,938 $103,100 3,635
Port Royal 48 120 $32,500 $137,500 3,028
Cleveland 49 392 $26,250 $70,000 3,927
Bloxom 50 511 $35,882 $101,000 3,761
Duffield 51 169 $38,182 $112,500 3,711
Virgilina 52 185 $29,219 $109,700 3,665
Mckenney 53 404 $34,196 $105,200 3,686
Hallwood 54 473 $28,375 $79,600 3,927
Dendron 55 441 $34,773 $125,800 3,620
Pound 56 1,035 $29,896 $82,500 1,332
Branchville 57 118 $33,750 $109,800 3,257
Painter 58 298 $28,438 $129,500 3,706
Charlotte Court House 59 882 $37,500 $105,400 3,870
Saxis 60 254 $31,771 $103,200 3,647
Claremont 61 428 $37,054 $121,700 3,513
Pamplin City 62 230 $28,750 $99,300 3,863
Iron Gate 63 446 $37,083 $71,900 3,911
Fries 64 673 $29,375 $92,700 3,807
Damascus 65 810 $23,457 $106,300 3,067
Brodnax 66 383 $38,000 $80,300 3,912
Haysi 67 458 $28,281 $88,300 2,311
Phenix 68 281 $26,000 $112,500 3,695
La Crosse 69 901 $31,944 $86,800 3,927
Burkeville 70 455 $41,500 $92,400 5,176
Pocahontas 71 689 $30,000 $55,000 3,927
Dungannon 72 502 $0 $77,000 3,927
Alberta 73 306 $33,478 $80,000 3,730
Drakes Branch 74 494 $22,083 $117,100 3,653
Nickelsville 75 402 $28,750 $59,600 3,927
Goshen 76 450 $28,929 $86,100 3,882
Clinchco 77 567 $20,521 $46,000 3,927
Troutdale 78 210 $24,722 $75,000 3,927

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