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Where are the best places to live in Virginia?
Some might say wherever there's a college basketball team, a NASCAR track, a sunny beach, a snowy mountain, a pot of blue crab, or a hefty Brunswick Stew. When you stumble upon all, you might feel like you've won the Virginia Lottery. That's right, folks, Virginia is not only 'For Lovers,' it has some of the best cities on the East Coast. And lucky for you, HomeSnacks has calculated the top ten best places to live in Virginia for 2019.
All Virginia Tech basketball and Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab aside, Virginia is the tenth oldest state in the country, so that's all the more reason that they should have the best cities. They've had some time to perfect them. And that's just what the Virginia cities on our top ten best cities list have done.
The Old Dominion cities that made our list average some of the highest median household incomes and boasts some of the most expensive homes. These cities have some of the most educated residents and safety is a priority.
So grab yourself some boiled peanuts, a shot of good 'ol Virginia whiskey, and read on.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Virginia for 2019:
- Vienna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bridgewater (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Purcellville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Falls Church (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Poquoson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Leesburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Alexandria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Warrenton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Salem (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Virginia Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
What does the best place to live in the Birthplace of American Spirits look like? The best place to live in Virginia for 2019 is Vienna.
We are not at all surprised. Vienna is beautiful, quaint, safe, and bursting at the seams with great people.
However, the competition was fierce to say the least. To see Virginia's other best of the best cities, take a look below. And if you don't find your favorite city there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Virginia For 2019
According to scientific data, Vienna is the best place in Virginia, and it's not even close.
Residents here earn the most per household in the state and crime is basically non-existent.
No wonder the population here has jumped more than 30% in the last five years. Everyone who can afford it wants to live here.
So if you're moving to Virginia and want to settle in an awesome place, look no further.
Who doesn't want to live in Bridgewater? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.
Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 3.3%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.
Expect to see more of Bridgewater in the news in the coming months.
The Town of Purcellville consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren't any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?
Let's see why Purcellville ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Purcellville are the 5th most expensive in the state of Virginia, with the average home worth a whopping $426,500. We're not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Purcellville if they can afford it.
Other numbers that stand out: Purcellville residents have the 2nd highest income in the state, and the 2nd lowest crime numbers in Virginia.
Falls Church ranks 4th on our list of best places to live in Virginia thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.
Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Virginia that we examined.
People have been flocking to Falls Church over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
Let's take a look at why Poquoson is a great place to call home for 2019.
There's low crime in Poquoson, and the residents here are gainfully employed (3.2% unemployment rate).
You can make Poquoson your home for only $301,800 which won't be too hard on a $84,643 household salary.
Leesburg takes 6th place on our list of best places in Virginia for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (8th overall) and things to do.
Leesburg is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $387,100 at the median.
You might be surprised to see the Town of Alexandria so high on the list. Unless you live in Alexandria.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 4.0%, Alexandria residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Virginia. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Alexandria is doing quite well.
Let's be honest -- Alexandria is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
If you want to live in Virginia, you can't go wrong if you decide to make the Warrenton area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.
Can you blame them? It's a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $67,553 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Warrenton as great as possible. You can't get it much better than in Warrenton.
Salem is another great city in Virginia with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.
Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: " We feel incredibly safe in Salem. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it's wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things."
Virginia Beach is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 10th best place in Virginia?
Homes are priced around $262,200 and residents have the 39th shortest commute in Virginia.
Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Virginia
The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Richmond with a population of 216,773 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn't fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities -- Populations over 5,000
- Towns -- Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns -- Populations below 1,000
This left us with 62 cities, 168 towns, and 156 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be 'the best'.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Virginia
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Virginia across a number of criteria from one to 62, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best Place To Live In Virginia".
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Virginia? That would be Vienna.
If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Virginia.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Vienna at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Virginia
If you're looking at areas in Virginia with the best economic situations, where there's lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Vienna made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Virginia for 2019.
Best Towns To Live In Virginia
- Pantops (Pop. 3,688)
- Belmont Estates (Pop. 1,329)
- Hayfield (Pop. 4,453)
- Kings Park (Pop. 4,687)
- Daleville (Pop. 3,180)
- Hampden-Sydney (Pop. 1,600)
- Ravensworth (Pop. 2,175)
- Dayton (Pop. 1,633)
- Haymarket (Pop. 1,826)
- Laymantown (Pop. 2,203)
Best Small Towns To Live In Virginia
- Riner (Pop. 888)
- Clifton (Pop. 219)
- Washington (Pop. 140)
- Round Hill (Pop. 570)
- Bobtown (Pop. 323)
- Free Union (Pop. 291)
- Mount Crawford (Pop. 419)
- Occoquan (Pop. 947)
- Hillsboro (Pop. 98)
- Irvington (Pop. 403)
If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Virginia according to the data:
- Danville (Pop. 42,360)
- Petersburg (Pop. 31,997)
- Emporia (Pop. 5,565)
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