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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 10 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. Viennais 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
If you don't have a job in Vienna, you're most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get -- 2.9%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $143,276.
That's actually not a bad idea...
We wouldn't be surprised to see CNN call Bridgewater one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there's essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.
They can't build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Bridgewater.
Things can't get much better than in the town of Purcellville. The crime is the 2nd lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Purcellville make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $426,500 and households make $117,736 which is good for 2nd in Virginia.
The crime is the 13th lowest in the state in Falls Church, and there were only 27 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it's even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in Virginia, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Falls Church earn $115,244 a year.
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 ranks 6th 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 Leesburg over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
Alexandria is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it's affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.
Home prices clock in at $520,700 and households earn a median salary of $89,200. One could get used to that.
The tiny town of Warrenton may not remain tiny forever. The word has been out for a long, long time about how special this place is.
The residents are heavily involved in making their community even more awesome, and as many Virginia residents know, Warrenton is a great central spot for making the most of life.
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Virginia, as there were only 24 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 14th lowest in Virginia (5.0%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.
Additionally, homes are the 35th most expensive in Salem ($173,800), meaning a lot of people want to live there.
Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $52,351 a year.
Who wouldn't want to live in a place where there's low crime and everyone is rich? That's the case with Virginia Beach.
Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 22nd lowest in Virginia and the median income comes in at $67,719.
This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
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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