These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Virginia For 2018

We analyzed over 184 places in Virginia to determine where the 1% live.

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Vienna, Poquoson, Purcellville: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Virginia. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Old Dominion.

Vienna in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $143,276 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 3.7%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Virginia share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 62 places in Virginia with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Virginia for 2018:

  1. Vienna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Poquoson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Purcellville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Leesburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Falls Church (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Bridgewater (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Manassas Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Alexandria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Fairfax (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Herndon (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Virginia.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the best places to live in Virginia or the poorest.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Virginia For 2018

Map Of The Richest Cities In Virginia
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2012-2016 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 62 places with more than 5,000 people in Virginia, we ranked each place from 1 to 62 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Vienna, crowned the “Richest Place In Virginia For 2018”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 62 places.

1. Vienna

Vienna, Virginia

Population: 16,378
Median Income: $143,276
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Vienna: Homes For Sale | Data
Vienna (/vin/) is a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, it had a population of 15,687. Significantly more people live in ZIP codes with the Vienna postal addresses (22180, 22181, and 22182) bordered approximately by Interstate 66 on the south, Interstate 495 on the east, Route 7 to the north, and Hunter Mill road to the west.

2. Poquoson

Poquoson, Virginia

Population: 12,068
Median Income: $84,643
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Poquoson: Homes For Sale | Data
Poquoson /pkosn/ 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.

3. Purcellville

Purcellville, Virginia

Population: 8,914
Median Income: $117,736
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Purcellville: Homes For Sale | Data
Purcellville is a town in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States. The population was 9,232 according to the United States Census 2015 Population Estimate (as of July 1, 2015). Purcellville is the major population center for western Loudoun and the Loudoun Valley. Today[update], many of the older structures remaining in Purcellville reflect the Victorian architecture popular during the early 20th century. Patrick Henry College is located in the town.

4. Leesburg

Leesburg, Virginia

Source: Public domain

Population: 49,401
Median Income: $102,132
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Leesburg: Homes For Sale | Data
Leesburg is a historic town within and the county seat of Loudoun County, Virginia. Leesburg is 33 miles (53 km) 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.

5. Falls Church

Falls Church, Virginia

Population: 13,597
Median Income: $115,244
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Falls Church: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

6. Bridgewater

Bridgewater, Virginia

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,906
Median Income: $56,764
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Bridgewater: Homes For Sale | Data
Bridgewater is an incorporated town in Rockingham County, Virginia, United States. The population was 5,644 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Harrisonburg, Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bridgewater is also home to Bridgewater College.

7. Manassas Park

Manassas Park, Virginia

Population: 15,827
Median Income: $75,027
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
More on Manassas Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Manassas Park is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,273. Manassas Park is bordered by the city of Manassas and Prince William County. Manassas Park is a part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. “A” Fort and Battery Hill Redoubt-Camp Early resides in Manassas Park.

8. Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia

Population: 151,473
Median Income: $89,200
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 9.8%
More on Alexandria: Homes For Sale | Data
Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 139,966, and in 2016, the population was estimated to be 155,810. Located along the western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 7 miles (11 km) south of downtown Washington, D.C.

9. Fairfax

Fairfax, Virginia

Source: Public domain

Population: 23,620
Median Income: $104,065
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
More on Fairfax: Homes For Sale | Data
Fairfax (/fr.fæks/ FAIR-faks), colloquially Central Fairfax, Downtown Fairfax, Fairfax City, or the City of Fairfax, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census the population was 22,565, which had risen to an estimated 24,013 as of 2015.

10. Herndon

Herndon, Virginia

Population: 24,415
Median Income: $104,204
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
More on Herndon: Homes For Sale | Data
Herndon is a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area of the United States. The population was 23,292 at the 2010 census, which makes it the largest of three incorporated towns in the county.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Virginia For 2018

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Virginia, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Virginia.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Virginia, according to data:

Poorest: Emporia
2nd Poorest: Petersburg
3rd Poorest: Radford

For more Virginia reading, check out:

  • 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Virginia
  • 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Virginia
  • 10 Most Diverse Cities In Virginia
  • Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Virginia

    Rank City RichScore Median Income
    1 Vienna 1.33 $143,276
    2 Poquoson 5.0 $84,643
    3 Purcellville 5.33 $117,736
    4 Leesburg 6.83 $102,132
    5 Falls Church 7.33 $115,244
    6 Bridgewater 8.67 $56,764
    7 Manassas Park 10.33 $75,027
    8 Alexandria 10.5 $89,200
    9 Fairfax 10.5 $104,065
    10 Herndon 11.67 $104,204
    11 Christiansburg 12.0 $54,501
    12 Warrenton 13.67 $67,553
    13 Virginia Beach 14.83 $67,719
    14 Manassas 15.67 $74,371
    15 Salem 16.17 $52,351
    16 Chesapeake 18.33 $69,978
    17 Strasburg 20.33 $50,836
    18 Suffolk 22.67 $65,435
    19 Ashland 22.67 $43,071
    20 Bluefield 23.0 $39,842
    21 Winchester 23.17 $46,466
    22 Culpeper 23.67 $54,507
    23 Staunton 24.83 $42,948
    24 Waynesboro 24.83 $45,097
    25 Charlottesville 27.5 $50,727
    26 Fredericksburg 28.83 $53,980
    27 Smithfield 29.0 $65,907
    28 Colonial Heights 29.67 $49,639
    29 Lexington 30.5 $34,464
    30 Newport News 31.0 $50,089
    31 Vinton 31.83 $44,012
    32 Hampton 32.0 $49,890
    33 Front Royal 33.17 $48,270
    34 Dumfries 34.33 $57,649
    35 Covington 35.67 $34,703
    36 Abingdon 38.5 $35,363
    37 Williamsburg 38.83 $50,091
    38 Lynchburg 39.17 $40,728
    39 Roanoke 39.5 $39,201
    40 Portsmouth 39.67 $47,050
    41 Harrisonburg 40.67 $40,494
    42 Norfolk 41.0 $45,268
    43 Bristol 42.67 $35,801
    44 Hopewell 43.33 $40,814
    45 Woodstock 44.0 $33,095
    46 Franklin 44.67 $38,333
    47 Richmond 45.0 $41,187
    48 Blacksburg 46.17 $34,863
    49 Richlands 46.17 $29,487
    50 Galax 46.17 $31,110
    51 Buena Vista 47.33 $29,109
    52 Marion 47.5 $32,829
    53 Big Stone Gap 48.0 $36,811
    54 Wytheville 48.0 $36,010
    55 Pulaski 48.33 $37,228
    56 South Boston 49.5 $31,885
    57 Danville 51.33 $33,721
    58 Martinsville 52.33 $31,719
    59 Farmville 54.33 $35,084
    60 Radford 56.0 $31,457
    61 Petersburg 57.33 $32,169
    62 Emporia 60.67 $27,169

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