10 Richest Cities In Virginia For 2019

We analyzed 62 places in Virginia to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Virginia.

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We’re just going to leave this right here: if you’re the 10th oldest state in the county, you better believe you house some crazy rich cities. And, yes, we’re talking about you Virginia.

If you’re looking for safe cities and neighborhoods, amazing schools, and high-end shopping, with a bank account to match, you can stop your search. There are cities in on our Top 10 Richest Cities in Virginia that have these 5-star amenities, and then some. And, yes, they are mainly centralized around Washington D. C.

To create this list, we asked ourselves, what is important to rich people in Virginia? Besides the obvious: high paying jobs, affluent neighborhoods, crazy expensive Southern Colonial homes, Michelin rated restaurants, and more car services than Starbucks; the cities on our list had to cater to the ‘one percent’ on a different level, they had to be super posh posh.

How does one get their hand on one of these shiny, Virginia pearls; where living your best life requires a boatload of money? Well, a couple of things have to fall into place for you.

First off, you need to find a job that pays on average $90,000/year. Might we suggest a job in real estate in our number one richest city? The median home price in this city is $790,000. You better have deep pockets if you want to live here, folks.

Wealthy people want to live in the best cities, so it’s not lost on us that there are multiple cities on our 10 Best Cities to Live in Virginia for 2019 that are also on our richest list. (It’s worth a google.)

Did we mention that you either have to win the lottery or be a descendant of one of Virginia’s many notables like Warren Beatty to live in our top 10 Richest Cities in the Old Dominion for 2019?

In all seriousness, we narrowed down the richest cities in Virginia by looking at several factors: poverty rate, median household income, unemployment rate; and obviously, where VA’s ‘Richie Rich’ like to hang. The cities also had to have a population of at least 5,000.

Without further adieu, the one city in Virginia where the cobblestone streets are paved in gold….that would be Vienna.

To see how your city compared, or what cities made the top 10, take look below. And if you don’t see your city there, head to the bottom.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Virginia:

The 10 Richest Cities In Virginia For 2019

Vienna, VA

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Population: 16,474
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $150,383
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
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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.

Review Of Vienna by HomeSnacks User

I have lived all over the country from the mid-west to up and down the coats and Vienna, VA has been our favorite place. Vienna is a Wonderful area where there is a bit of everything. Great place to raise kids in a small town environment while being just 20 minutes away from the nation’s capital. Access to everything while being far away from the big city inconveniences that we all forget about.

It’s a close knit community where neighbors know each other and take pride in their town. The community is involved in a lot of activity planning and involved deeply in keeping the town beautiful.

Falls Church, VA

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Population: 13,843
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Income: $114,795
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
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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.

Leesburg, VA

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Population: 51,015
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $105,844
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
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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.

Review Of Leesburg by HomeSnacks User

I live in Leesburg and downtown Leesburg, Va is a historic district. Also we just had a bunch of crime due to the illegal hispanics who live in the cheap apartments. Shouldn’t even be in the top 10 happiest places to live.

Fairfax, VA

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Population: 23,580
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Income: $106,870
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 7.8%
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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.

Bridgewater, VA

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Population: 5,930
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $58,625
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
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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.

Warrenton, VA

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Population: 9,854
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Median Income: $70,863
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
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Warrenton is a town in Fauquier County, Virginia, United States. The population was 9,611 at the 2010 census, up from 6,670 at the 2000 census. The estimated population in 2015 was 9,897. Warrenton is the county seat of Fauquier County. It is at the junction of U.S. Route 15, U.S. Route 17, U.S. Route 29, and U.S. Route 211. The town is in the Piedmont region of Virginia, east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The well-known Airlie Conference Center is 3 miles (5 km) north of Warrenton, and the historic Vint Hill Farms military facility is 9 miles (14 km) east. Fauquier Hospital is located in the town. Surrounded by Virginia wine and horse country, Warrenton is a popular destination outside Washington, D.C.

Purcellville, VA

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Population: 9,217
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Income: $128,017
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
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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.

Alexandria, VA

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Population: 154,710
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $93,370
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 10.5%
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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.

Review Of Alexandria by HomeSnacks User

No crime. At all. Just silly middle school and high school kids pulling pranks. Beautiful, charming city. 7 minutes to DC. Great schools. Great community. Educated people. Diverse.

Old Town is fun and beautiful, especially by the water. Good restaurants. Arlington is right next door, and it’s a pretty awesome city, too.

Christiansburg, VA

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Population: 21,892
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $60,223
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 7.9%
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Christiansburg (formerly Hans Meadows) is a town in Montgomery County, Virginia, United States. The population was 21,041 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Montgomery County. Christiansburg, Blacksburg, and Radford are the three principal municipalities of the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses those municipalities and all of Montgomery County.

Poquoson, VA

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Population: 12,022
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 8)
Median Income: $88,328
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
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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.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Virginia For 2019

Map Of The Richest Places To Live 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 2013-2017 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 City In Virginia For 2019”.

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

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Virginia For 2019

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: South Boston

For more Virginia reading, check out:

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Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Virginia

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Vienna 1.33 $150,383
2 Falls Church 5.5 $114,795
3 Leesburg 7.17 $105,844
4 Fairfax 8.0 $106,870
5 Bridgewater 8.0 $58,625
6 Warrenton 9.0 $70,863
7 Purcellville 10.17 $128,017
8 Alexandria 10.33 $93,370
9 Christiansburg 10.5 $60,223
10 Poquoson 10.67 $88,328
11 Herndon 12.5 $108,523
12 Virginia Beach 16.83 $70,500
13 Bluefield 17.0 $44,010
14 Strasburg 17.17 $56,744
15 Salem 18.83 $53,990
16 Manassas Park 19.33 $79,131
17 Chesapeake 19.67 $72,214
18 Manassas 20.83 $77,551
19 Winchester 21.0 $49,330
20 Staunton 21.0 $46,435
21 Dumfries 21.67 $62,303
22 Suffolk 22.67 $68,089
23 Culpeper 24.0 $56,277
24 Ashland 26.0 $48,903
25 Fredericksburg 26.17 $57,258
26 Charlottesville 26.5 $54,739
27 Smithfield 27.33 $72,308
28 Waynesboro 29.0 $42,112
29 Hampton 32.33 $52,021
30 Newport News 32.5 $51,082
31 Front Royal 33.17 $49,631
32 Lexington 34.0 $37,309
33 Williamsburg 35.0 $54,606
34 Colonial Heights 35.33 $50,952
35 Vinton 37.17 $44,389
36 Buena Vista 37.5 $33,672
37 Abingdon 39.5 $38,338
38 Covington 39.83 $35,546
39 Norfolk 40.0 $47,137
40 Harrisonburg 40.17 $43,009
41 Roanoke 40.33 $41,483
42 Portsmouth 40.33 $48,727
43 Lynchburg 42.5 $41,971
44 Blacksburg 42.67 $39,910
45 Galax 42.83 $31,311
46 Farmville 42.83 $36,703
47 Marion 43.83 $31,933
48 Bristol 44.33 $37,844
49 Wytheville 44.5 $47,273
50 Hopewell 45.83 $40,712
51 Franklin 46.0 $38,760
52 Richmond 47.67 $42,356
53 Pulaski 47.83 $40,711
54 Richlands 48.0 $28,410
55 Big Stone Gap 48.33 $40,619
56 Woodstock 51.0 $36,104
57 Radford 51.5 $36,082
58 Danville 51.83 $34,951
59 Martinsville 52.5 $33,545
60 South Boston 55.0 $34,551
61 Petersburg 57.67 $33,939
62 Emporia 61.0 $27,426

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.

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