These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Virginia For 2019


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.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Virginia for 2019:

  1. Pantops (Homes For Sale)
  2. Hayfield (Homes For Sale)
  3. Belmont Estates (Homes For Sale)
  4. Ravensworth (Homes For Sale)
  5. Occoquan (Homes For Sale)
  6. Dayton (Homes For Sale)
  7. Rivanna (Homes For Sale)
  8. Daleville (Homes For Sale)
  9. Dulles Town Center (Homes For Sale)
  10. Lovettsville (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Pantops, 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.

For more reading on the Old Dominion check out:

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Virginia

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 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)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 171 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 171, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Virginia. Top of that list — Pantops.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Virginia.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,731
Median Income: $65,665 (44th Best)
Median Home Value: $320,500 (20th Best)
More on Pantops: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 4,266
Median Income: $143,036 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $501,700 (4th Best)
More on Hayfield: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,112
Median Income: $81,250 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $307,000 (22nd Best)
More on Belmont Estates: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 2,220
Median Income: $118,125 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $471,700 (6th Best)
More on Ravensworth: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,070
Median Income: $96,328 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $378,500 (14th Best)
More on Occoquan: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,622
Median Income: $52,664 (75th Best)
Median Home Value: $214,200 (52nd Best)
More on Dayton: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,671
Median Income: $122,344 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $636,900 (1st Best)
More on Rivanna: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,006
Median Income: $71,900 (35th Best)
Median Home Value: $277,400 (29th Best)
More on Daleville: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 4,393
Median Income: $82,500 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $402,600 (13th Best)
More on Dulles Town Center: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,274
Median Income: $107,841 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $333,500 (17th Best)
More on Lovettsville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,065
Median Income: $74,167 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $210,700 (53rd Best)
More on Laymantown: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,721
Median Income: $118,958 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $417,300 (11th Best)
More on Haymarket: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,300
Median Income: $90,208 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $463,300 (7th Best)
More on Moorefield Station: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,531
Median Income: $69,922 (40th Best)
Median Home Value: $267,400 (30th Best)
More on Cloverdale: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,997
Median Income: $92,178 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $263,700 (31st Best)
More on King George: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 2,017
Median Income: $155,741 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $378,100 (15th Best)
More on Oak Grove: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 4,901
Median Income: $63,286 (48th Best)
Median Home Value: $221,900 (48th Best)
More on Fort Lee: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,880
Median Income: $72,702 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $283,300 (28th Best)
More on Falmouth: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,082
Median Income: $137,083 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $622,300 (2nd Best)
More on Mason Neck: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,401
Median Income: $97,667 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $321,700 (19th Best)
More on Bull Run Mountain Estates: Data | Homes For Sale

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 20 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. Bassett
  2. Motley
  3. Victoria

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Virginia

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Pantops 3,731 $65,665.0 $320,500.0
2 Hayfield 4,266 $143,036.0 $501,700.0
3 Belmont Estates 1,112 $81,250.0 $307,000.0
4 Ravensworth 2,220 $118,125.0 $471,700.0
5 Occoquan 1,070 $96,328.0 $378,500.0
6 Dayton 1,622 $52,664.0 $214,200.0
7 Rivanna 1,671 $122,344.0 $636,900.0
8 Daleville 3,006 $71,900.0 $277,400.0
9 Dulles Town Center 4,393 $82,500.0 $402,600.0
10 Lovettsville 2,274 $107,841.0 $333,500.0
11 Laymantown 2,065 $74,167.0 $210,700.0
12 Haymarket 1,721 $118,958.0 $417,300.0
13 Moorefield Station 1,300 $90,208.0 $463,300.0
14 Cloverdale 3,531 $69,922.0 $267,400.0
15 King George 4,997 $92,178.0 $263,700.0
16 Oak Grove 2,017 $155,741.0 $378,100.0
17 Fort Lee 4,901 $63,286.0 $221,900.0
18 Falmouth 4,880 $72,702.0 $283,300.0
19 Mason Neck 2,082 $137,083.0 $622,300.0
20 Bull Run Mountain Estates 1,401 $97,667.0 $321,700.0
21 University Center 4,199 $82,093.0 $309,000.0
22 Blue Ridge 3,134 $72,188.0 $189,500.0
23 Prices Fork 1,134 $51,856.0 $223,900.0
24 Nokesville 1,761 $103,554.0 $430,700.0
25 Atlantic 1,019 $62,500.0 $146,100.0
26 Nellysford 1,314 $74,779.0 $408,100.0
27 Lake Holiday 1,983 $94,261.0 $247,500.0
28 Enon 4,063 $70,296.0 $158,000.0
29 Woodbridge 4,430 $102,844.0 $333,600.0
30 Union Hall 1,264 $71,656.0 $436,600.0
31 Chatham 1,109 $48,173.0 $141,500.0
32 Lake Wilderness 2,578 $90,862.0 $236,200.0
33 Stafford Courthouse 3,833 $72,097.0 $294,100.0
34 County Center Cdp 3,802 $94,235.0 $446,400.0
35 Emory 1,237 $82,292.0 $216,700.0
36 North Shore 3,180 $79,167.0 $496,900.0
37 Massanutten 2,273 $76,473.0 $238,100.0
38 Dahlgren 3,124 $76,719.0 $263,700.0
39 Southern Gateway 3,554 $60,975.0 $300,300.0
40 Westlake Corner 1,229 $70,739.0 $526,400.0
41 Mount Hermon 4,209 $64,556.0 $151,500.0
42 Elkton 2,795 $52,808.0 $180,600.0
43 Broadway 3,793 $44,852.0 $197,200.0
44 Weyers Cave 2,695 $58,180.0 $182,800.0
45 Apple Mountain Lake 1,301 $55,296.0 $210,200.0
46 Piney Mountain 1,437 $60,427.0 $175,600.0
47 West Point 3,316 $69,688.0 $215,600.0
48 Brightwood 1,470 $77,526.0 $257,400.0
49 Grottoes 2,734 $51,515.0 $165,000.0
50 Clarksville 1,311 $33,672.0 $163,700.0
51 Wise 3,084 $52,582.0 $117,100.0
52 Concord 1,446 $55,577.0 $162,300.0
53 Captains Cove 1,169 $58,194.0 $178,100.0
54 Bealeton 4,866 $87,109.0 $258,400.0
55 Berryville 4,284 $58,602.0 $292,600.0
56 Fairlawn 2,575 $55,750.0 $164,900.0
57 Marshall 1,865 $68,047.0 $290,100.0
58 Central Garage 1,304 $71,728.0 $210,100.0
59 Spotsylvania Courthouse 4,220 $68,750.0 $226,800.0
60 Greenville 1,424 $62,204.0 $168,200.0
61 Stephens City 2,012 $61,667.0 $186,300.0
62 Passapatanzy 1,352 $80,710.0 $253,100.0
63 New Market 2,219 $41,477.0 $220,800.0
64 Rural Retreat 1,644 $45,938.0 $127,400.0
65 Middl 1,501 $61,771.0 $183,100.0
66 Chatmoss 1,518 $64,653.0 $203,600.0
67 Pearisburg 2,681 $51,406.0 $99,700.0
68 Lake Land’or 3,662 $79,936.0 $181,300.0
69 Belview 1,228 $43,516.0 $148,700.0
70 Lyndhurst 1,731 $60,984.0 $185,600.0
71 Bracey 1,288 $44,663.0 $223,300.0
72 Lake Caroline 1,971 $57,928.0 $190,400.0
73 Verona 3,516 $46,900.0 $160,400.0
74 Amherst 2,748 $51,833.0 $163,600.0
75 Colonial Beach 3,541 $53,789.0 $241,500.0
76 Lebanon 3,295 $47,645.0 $164,200.0
77 Warsaw 1,640 $42,125.0 $203,500.0
78 Buchanan 1,101 $55,357.0 $118,100.0
79 Jolivue 1,177 $54,306.0 $148,300.0
80 Cape Charles 1,067 $48,500.0 $332,400.0
81 Gordonsville 1,545 $45,139.0 $184,300.0
82 Kilmarnock 1,493 $33,000.0 $183,700.0
83 Chincoteague 2,903 $48,861.0 $251,000.0
84 Merrimac 2,017 $32,965.0 $111,200.0
85 Narrows 2,008 $43,194.0 $98,300.0
86 Dooms 1,036 $35,972.0 $186,000.0
87 Onancock 1,169 $39,688.0 $181,900.0
88 Loch Lomond 4,614 $87,396.0 $292,700.0
89 Blackstone 3,466 $38,600.0 $91,900.0
90 Matoaca 2,387 $55,167.0 $141,100.0
91 Glenvar 1,052 $30,750.0 $163,800.0
92 South Hill 4,438 $40,122.0 $121,900.0
93 Timberville 2,592 $47,132.0 $154,900.0
94 Adwolf 1,556 $49,010.0 $93,000.0
95 Claypool Hill 1,547 $39,212.0 $156,500.0
96 Gloucester Courthouse 2,364 $58,472.0 $232,300.0
97 Twin Lakes 1,684 $50,739.0 $197,300.0
98 Hurt 1,541 $41,163.0 $116,700.0
99 Bowling Green 1,239 $55,313.0 $251,500.0
100 Clintwood 1,607 $27,147.0 $93,200.0

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