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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Virginia a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes... if you know where to locate the best places to live in Virginia.
Lucky for you, we're here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Old Dominion based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn't our first rodeo -- we've been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Virginia, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 133 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Old Dominion for 2021.
Arlington County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Virginia. And you might want to avoid Galax City if you can -- at least according to the data.
So if you're thinking of making the move Virginia, we've got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
The Best Counties To Live In Virginia For 2021
Biggest Place: Arlington
Biggest Place: Falls Church
Biggest Place: Poquoson
Biggest Place: Goochland
Median Income: $93,994 (12th best)
Median Home Price: $375,200.0 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 355.6% (32nd best)
More on Goochland County: Data
Biggest Place: King George
Median Income: $94,274 (11th best)
Median Home Price: $307,900.0 (20th best)
Unemployment Rate: 306.4% (16th best)
More on King George County: Data
Biggest Place: Leesburg
Biggest Place: Aquia Harbour
Median Income: $111,108 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $346,100.0 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 372.0% (35th best)
More on Stafford County: Data
Biggest Place: New Baltimore
Biggest Place: New Kent
Median Income: $87,904 (18th best)
Median Home Price: $281,100.0 (27th best)
Unemployment Rate: 350.4% (30th best)
More on New Kent County: Data
10. Powhatan County
Biggest Place: Powhatan
Median Income: $89,090 (15th best)
Median Home Price: $279,200.0 (29th best)
Unemployment Rate: 236.2% (6th best)
More on Powhatan County: Data
How do you determine which Virginia county is the best?
To give you the best county in Virginia, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what's a "best county" and what isn't. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you'd make at a bar using facts, don't take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Virginia across each of the criteria from one to 133, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the "Best County To Live In Virginia".
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Old Dominion.
Read on to see why Arlington County is the best county, while Galax City is probably in contention for being the worst county in Virginia.
There You Have It - The Best Counties In Virginia To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Virginia can vary from one part of the state to the next -- who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that's why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here's a look at the worst counties in Virginia according to the data:
- Galax City
- Charlotte County
- Henry County
For more Virginia reading, check out:
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- Best Places To Raise A Family In Virginia
- Safest Places In Virginia