Where are the best places in the state of Virginia?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Old Dominion where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Virginia.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 62 places in Virginia, we came up with this list of the best places.
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)
Well, it looks like you should check out Vienna if you’re thinking of moving to Virginia — it’s the best the Old Dominion has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Virginia.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Virginia For 2019
If you live in Vienna, you probably know how great it is already.
Vienna has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($143,276). And the crime is really, really low (5th lowest in Virginia).
If we could afford to move here, we probably would.
Let’s take a look at why Bridgewater is a great place to call home for 2019.
There’s low crime in Bridgewater, and the residents here are gainfully employed (3.3% unemployment rate).
You can make Bridgewater your home for only $209,200 which won’t be too hard on a $56,764 household salary.
We think the motto in Purcellville should be “Everything is greater in Purcellville,” and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.
Purcellville has some of the highest home values in Virginia, and they’re going up fast. Additionally, Purcellville only has 440.0% of its residents living in poverty.
Crime is also well below the state average, making Purcellville a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.
The Falls Church has the 18th lowest unemployment rate in Virginia. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Falls Church is higher than the national average and households make $115,244 per year.
We’d move to Falls Church if we could in a heart beat.
Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Poquoson is a wonderful place to live in this state.
The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don’t hurt either!
While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, Poquoson still holds its own in in Virginia.
Leesburg has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Leesburg had the 6th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $102,132.
Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.
Alexandria broke into the top ten best places to live in Virginia on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.
It placed 8th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 7th highest median income of any place in our analysis.
However, it only has the 53rd shortest average commute time of any place in Virginia.
Warrenton ranks as the 8th best place in Virginia for 2019. Let’s take a look at why.
Warrenton has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Warrenton’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $67,553 a year.
The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂
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.”
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach.
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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