Best Small Towns In Virginia For 2020


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

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in Virginia.

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 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Virginia for 2020.

The 10 Best Small Towns To Live In Virginia For 2020

  1. Pantops (Homes)
  2. Hayfield (Homes)
  3. Ravensworth (Homes)
  4. Hampden-Sydney (Homes)
  5. Dayton (Homes)
  6. Haymarket (Homes)
  7. Rivanna (Homes)
  8. Occoquan (Homes)
  9. Riner (Homes)
  10. Lovettsville (Homes)

What’s the best small town in Virginia? Pantops is the best small town in Virginia based on the most recent Census data. 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:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Virginia For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 3,569
Median Income: $70,068 (37th Best)
Median Home Value: $318,000 (19th Best)
More on Pantops: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 4,335
Median Income: $140,952 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $518,500 (5th Best)
More on Hayfield: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 2,245
Median Income: $129,934 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $514,100 (6th Best)
More on Ravensworth: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,716
Median Income: $135,592 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $187,100 (68th Best)
More on Hampden-Sydney: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,567
Median Income: $57,500 (63rd Best)
Median Home Value: $218,400 (49th Best)
More on Dayton: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,629
Median Income: $127,031 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $423,900 (11th Best)
More on Haymarket: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,707
Median Income: $120,536 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $646,900 (2nd Best)
More on Rivanna: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,155
Median Income: $99,091 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $395,000 (12th Best)
More on Occoquan: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,149
Median Income: $118,155 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $276,800 (28th Best)
More on Riner: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,544
Median Income: $116,705 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $353,400 (14th Best)
More on Lovettsville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,468
Median Income: $121,250 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $426,900 (10th Best)
More on Oak Grove: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,012
Median Income: $80,764 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $290,600 (24th Best)
More on Belmont Estates: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 4,060
Median Income: $83,585 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $308,800 (22nd Best)
More on University Center: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,261
Median Income: $71,167 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $285,500 (26th Best)
More on Daleville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,310
Median Income: $69,184 (39th Best)
Median Home Value: $163,400 (84th Best)
More on Enon: Data | Homes For Sale

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 2014-2018 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 – 163 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 163, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Virginia. Top of that list — Pantops. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Virginia.

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 15 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. Raven
  2. Victoria
  3. Appalachia

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, VA 3,569 $70,068.0 $318,000.0
2 Hayfield, VA 4,335 $140,952.0 $518,500.0
3 Ravensworth, VA 2,245 $129,934.0 $514,100.0
4 Hampden-Sydney, VA 1,716 $135,592.0 $187,100.0
5 Dayton, VA 1,567 $57,500.0 $218,400.0
6 Haymarket, VA 1,629 $127,031.0 $423,900.0
7 Rivanna, VA 1,707 $120,536.0 $646,900.0
8 Occoquan, VA 1,155 $99,091.0 $395,000.0
9 Riner, VA 1,149 $118,155.0 $276,800.0
10 Lovettsville, VA 2,544 $116,705.0 $353,400.0
11 Oak Grove, VA 2,468 $121,250.0 $426,900.0
12 Belmont Estates, VA 2,012 $80,764.0 $290,600.0
13 University Center, VA 4,060 $83,585.0 $308,800.0
14 Daleville, VA 3,261 $71,167.0 $285,500.0
15 Enon, VA 4,310 $69,184.0 $163,400.0
16 Nellysford, VA 1,447 $83,958.0 $435,400.0
17 Dahlgren, VA 3,202 $86,029.0 $272,700.0
18 Woodbridge, VA 4,400 $112,014.0 $352,100.0
19 Lake Holiday, VA 1,788 $101,458.0 $238,100.0
20 Blue Ridge, VA 3,237 $79,043.0 $187,400.0
21 Falmouth, VA 4,928 $76,517.0 $313,700.0
22 Cloverdale, VA 3,501 $71,435.0 $275,100.0
23 Lake Wilderness, VA 2,708 $102,446.0 $243,300.0
24 Union Hall, VA 1,091 $81,181.0 $467,900.0
25 Bull Run Mountain Estates, VA 1,287 $112,917.0 $328,200.0
26 Nokesville, VA 1,641 $105,028.0 $392,300.0
27 Moorefield Station, VA 1,369 $90,625.0 $609,500.0
28 Mason Neck, VA 1,969 $137,931.0 $664,000.0
29 Mount Hermon, VA 4,137 $68,167.0 $149,400.0
30 Chatham, VA 1,210 $46,776.0 $139,500.0
31 Laymantown, VA 2,012 $68,500.0 $211,400.0
32 Bealeton, VA 4,646 $92,750.0 $274,800.0
33 Central Garage, VA 1,472 $82,083.0 $227,300.0
34 Prices Fork, VA 1,198 $52,500.0 $268,800.0
35 Clarksville, VA 1,332 $36,875.0 $154,500.0
36 Weyers Cave, VA 2,171 $60,039.0 $196,100.0
37 North Shore, VA 3,263 $76,875.0 $470,400.0
38 West Point, VA 3,301 $67,330.0 $229,800.0
39 Grottoes, VA 2,756 $59,500.0 $161,700.0
40 Fairlawn, VA 2,538 $57,868.0 $163,000.0
41 Broadway, VA 3,855 $46,701.0 $197,600.0
42 Emory, VA 1,306 $70,000.0 $209,900.0
43 Elkton, VA 2,823 $49,271.0 $186,700.0
44 Matoaca, VA 2,517 $60,452.0 $145,400.0
45 Stafford Courthouse, VA 3,786 $59,394.0 $260,400.0
46 Massanutten, VA 2,472 $79,073.0 $249,300.0
47 Cape Charles, VA 1,145 $57,188.0 $339,800.0
48 Wise, VA 3,047 $51,083.0 $132,400.0
49 Marshall, VA 2,088 $92,389.0 $318,800.0
50 Halifax, VA 1,314 $49,265.0 $158,400.0
51 Apple Mountain Lake, VA 1,334 $57,067.0 $199,400.0
52 Piney Mountain, VA 1,390 $61,793.0 $178,300.0
53 Warsaw, VA 1,704 $56,071.0 $205,800.0
54 Brightwood, VA 1,299 $64,046.0 $257,700.0
55 Berryville, VA 4,293 $62,621.0 $309,500.0
56 Westlake Corner, VA 1,002 $65,938.0 $526,400.0
57 Lake Land’or, VA 4,193 $91,741.0 $190,900.0
58 Stephens City, VA 1,989 $62,045.0 $202,100.0
59 Captains Cove, VA 1,266 $57,109.0 $179,800.0
60 Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA 4,679 $71,131.0 $242,700.0
61 Southern Gateway, VA 3,724 $63,141.0 $237,600.0
62 Springville, VA 1,326 $47,863.0 $111,300.0
63 Middl, VA 1,516 $62,083.0 $191,700.0
64 Rural Retreat, VA 1,644 $50,282.0 $130,100.0
65 New Market, VA 2,341 $42,500.0 $223,100.0
66 Gloucester Courthouse, VA 2,361 $54,896.0 $248,900.0
67 Lake Caroline, VA 1,850 $51,774.0 $196,000.0
68 Glenvar, VA 1,066 $35,085.0 $174,400.0
69 Twin Lakes, VA 1,494 $54,076.0 $194,700.0
70 Greenville, VA 1,675 $66,935.0 $175,000.0
71 Chincoteague, VA 2,899 $48,639.0 $235,100.0
72 Bracey, VA 1,101 $70,152.0 $242,100.0
73 Bowling Green, VA 1,266 $61,458.0 $231,500.0
74 Lebanon, VA 3,249 $40,473.0 $157,300.0
75 Merrimac, VA 2,127 $35,527.0 $167,200.0
76 Onancock, VA 1,227 $45,250.0 $196,900.0
77 Edinburg, VA 1,261 $49,531.0 $185,400.0
78 Pearisburg, VA 2,669 $56,421.0 $105,000.0
79 Chatmoss, VA 1,405 $66,531.0 $180,300.0
80 Lyndhurst, VA 1,803 $61,932.0 $178,100.0
81 Harriston, VA 1,255 $67,073.0 $171,500.0
82 Loch Lomond, VA 4,601 $83,257.0 $308,500.0
83 Ruckersville, VA 1,321 $63,071.0 $216,900.0
84 Gordonsville, VA 1,708 $45,046.0 $192,300.0
85 Verona, VA 3,964 $45,879.0 $157,100.0
86 Narrows, VA 2,087 $49,688.0 $97,600.0
87 Shawneeland, VA 1,633 $64,367.0 $162,100.0
88 Glade Spring, VA 1,429 $49,432.0 $111,700.0
89 Dooms, VA 1,074 $41,115.0 $186,200.0
90 Amherst, VA 2,569 $45,461.0 $160,300.0
91 Buchanan, VA 1,179 $56,528.0 $123,100.0
92 Bluefield, VA 4,984 $42,528.0 $108,600.0
93 Deltaville, VA 1,050 $50,208.0 $287,200.0
94 Kilmarnock, VA 1,478 $36,071.0 $183,000.0
95 Clintwood, VA 1,434 $27,027.0 $88,000.0
96 Courtland, VA 1,958 $38,625.0 $168,400.0
97 Colonial Beach, VA 3,555 $47,367.0 $246,000.0
98 Pembroke, VA 1,056 $39,773.0 $95,700.0
99 Timberville, VA 2,613 $45,000.0 $151,700.0
100 Chilhowie, VA 1,855 $44,583.0 $133,200.0

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.