The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Richmond For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Richmond are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Richmond.
Best Neighborhoods In Richmond

Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Richmond, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Richmond neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Richmond are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to Virginia and Richmond is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Richmond for 2021.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Richmond for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Mary Munford looks to be the best Richmond neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Richmond that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Richmond.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Richmond

Population: 1,463
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $373,500 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $70,202 (14th best)
More on Mary Munford: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,098
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $379,950 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $105,212 (Fourth best)
More on Colonial Place: Homes For Sale | Data

Malvern Gardens Richmond, VA

Population: 1,494
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $316,800 (12th best)
Median Income: $77,642 (12th best)
More on Malvern Gardens: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,235
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $433,900 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $110,615 (Third best)
More on Three Chopt: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 942
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $483,450 (best)
Median Income: $127,808 (Second best)
More on Stonewall Court: Homes For Sale | Data

The Museum District Richmond, VA

Population: 6,902
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $334,660 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $54,284 (33rd best)
More on The Museum District: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 13,216
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $383,990 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $55,164 (32nd best)
More on The Fan: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,122
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $286,400 (17th best)
Median Income: $83,076 (Tenth best)
More on Oxford: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 813
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $242,400 (3best)
Median Income: $69,063 (15th best)
More on Sherwood Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Westover Hills Richmond, VA

Population: 1,031
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $253,350 (29th best)
Median Income: $65,729 (18th best)
More on Westover Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Richmond, VA Neighborhoods In 2021

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Richmond, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 134 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Richmond." We're lookin' at you, Mary Munford.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Richmond, Virginia has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Richmond

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Richmond where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Richmond aren't all good. Cofer takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Richmond.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Richmond For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Mary Munford 1,463 $373,500 $70,202
2 Colonial Place 2,098 $379,950 $105,212
3 Malvern Gardens 1,494 $316,800 $77,642
4 Three Chopt 2,235 $433,900 $110,615
5 Stonewall Court 942 $483,450 $127,808
6 The Museum District 6,902 $334,660 $54,284
7 The Fan 13,216 $383,990 $55,164
8 Oxford 2,122 $286,400 $83,076
9 Sherwood Park 813 $242,400 $69,063
10 Westover Hills 1,031 $253,350 $65,729
11 Willow Lawn 997 $333,700 $87,861
12 Bellevue 2,672 $270,133 $62,486
13 Carytown 1,965 $298,150 $56,769
14 Monument Avenue Park 631 $267,900 $86,484
15 Huguenot 3,374 $276,850 $86,355
16 Forest Hill Terrace 1,167 $236,950 $57,652
17 Westover Hills West 635 $196,100 $70,909
18 Forest Hill 1,061 $260,000 $80,692
19 Sauer's Gardens 1,042 $255,000 $63,936
20 Church Hill 2,389 $258,120 $51,391
21 Oregon Hill 1,330 $198,200 $56,071
22 Willow Oaks 610 $231,600 $56,538
23 Stratford Hills 2,786 $259,025 $86,908
24 Westlake Hills 1,641 $180,433 $45,592
25 Cedarhurst 2,102 $179,600 $57,756
26 Bryan Park 933 $287,200 $37,549
27 Central Office 245 $483,300 $37,123
28 Chimborazo 1,713 $203,633 $43,921
29 Country Club Of Virginia 560 $313,550 $150,667
30 Shockoe Slip 181 $483,300 $37,123
31 Fawnbrook 562 $179,800 $43,737
32 Gravel Hill 577 $235,050 $67,228
33 Forest Hill Park 391 $267,850 $64,032
34 Shockoe Bottom 2,545 $254,350 $40,956
35 Westover 2,917 $148,550 $44,202
36 Rosedale 780 $253,000 $51,702
37 Woodland Heights 2,160 $203,825 $48,226
38 Ginter Park 4,164 $257,286 $50,565
39 Edgewood 780 $148,850 $56,274
40 Cottrell Farms 1,012 $145,050 $40,763
41 Chippenham Forest 1,127 $280,000 $50,320
42 Powhite Park 310 $189,400 $60,734
43 Stony Point 1,053 $325,900 $86,621
44 Randolph 2,867 $176,067 $41,655
45 Scott's Addition 566 $224,350 $45,348
46 Reedy Creek 1,363 $166,200 $26,875
47 Byrd Park 1,436 $216,600 $63,763
48 Broad Rock Sports Complex 396 $116,900 $44,849
49 South Garden 2,008 $116,900 $44,849
50 Northrop 1,426 $235,000 $24,777
51 Carillon 560 $218,750 $68,020
52 Vcu 3,791 $291,700 $15,898
53 Forest View 819 $215,767 $51,837
54 Walmsley 2,485 $144,450 $43,834
55 Beaufont 1,400 $129,600 $31,633
56 Gambles Hill 343 $483,300 $37,123
57 Brookhaven Farms 279 $179,800 $43,737
58 Stadium 351 $162,500 $42,216
59 Museums 263 $206,600 $49,306
60 Newtowne West 181 $206,600 $49,306
61 Eastview 1,292 $79,000 $10,304
62 Woodhaven 1,959 $116,400 $36,128
63 Union Hill 1,260 $182,500 $31,748
64 The Diamond 1,021 $212,700 $57,580
65 Northern Barton Heights 2,503 $160,000 $43,478
66 Monroe Ward 2,193 $241,650 $30,694
67 Piney Knolls 3,545 $146,150 $36,540
68 Oakwood Cemetery 1,298 $103,400 $37,159
69 Jackson Ward 1,753 $237,500 $28,125
70 Brookland Park 1,945 $140,367 $37,118
71 Maymont Park 212 $197,100 $59,100
72 Hickory Hill 1,529 $113,600 $43,144
73 Brookbury 591 $167,300 $42,853
74 Belmont Woods 519 $167,300 $42,853
75 Fulton 4,591 $125,325 $29,791
76 North Highland Park 3,149 $102,067 $32,693
77 Church Hill North 2,068 $136,580 $37,656
78 British Camp Farms 1,634 $126,250 $41,170
79 Capitol District 288 $241,650 $37,123
80 Carver 2,454 $156,300 $35,958
81 Jahnke 3,040 $120,950 $38,910
82 Worthington 1,230 $114,850 $33,783
83 Highland Park Southern Tip 1,715 $113,175 $33,429
84 Pocoshock 412 $113,600 $42,466
85 City Center 454 $240,267 $32,624
86 Warwick 621 $113,600 $42,466
87 Deerbourne 691 $123,450 $35,631
88 Belt Center 831 $127,050 $45,910
89 Magnolia Industrial Center 692 $116,200 $26,554
90 Hioaks 1,328 $70,200 $33,516
91 Mcguire Manor 1,373 $110,000 $38,393
92 Ginter Park Terrace 366 $150,600 $43,438
93 Virginia Union 1,544 $152,125 $47,192
94 Swanson 1,062 $113,600 $42,466
95 Maury 921 $65,500 $29,241
96 Belle And Mayo Islands 173 $175,500 $31,063
97 Brauers 725 $97,500 $20,357
98 John Marshall 850 $241,600 $30,827
99 Old Town Manchester 1,520 $128,150 $39,884
100 Cullenwood 268 $135,600 $35,536
101 Whitcomb 2,820 $95,467 $20,537
102 Providence Park 1,148 $101,550 $29,920
103 Upper Shockoe Valley 1,491 $74,250 $18,752
104 Mcguire Veterans Hospital 459 $135,600 $35,536
105 Fairmount 1,300 $63,567 $17,747
106 Green Park 664 $97,800 $31,462
107 Pine Camp 451 $120,200 $26,711
108 Blackwell 1,428 $128,367 $35,756
109 Southern Barton Heights 750 $139,867 $39,618
110 Swansboro 2,229 $148,900 $35,306
111 Hollywood Cemetery 568 $119,200 $24,375
112 Fairfield 1,218 $81,900 $10,942
113 Creighton 1,085 $84,800 $11,581
114 Swansboro West 2,060 $98,850 $21,406
115 Chamberlayne Industrial Center 1,071 $130,767 $35,993
116 Bellemeade 2,357 $73,133 $27,535
117 Highland Terrace 753 $89,950 $29,649
118 Broad Rock Industrial Park 1,207 $51,133 $25,689
119 Woodville 755 $85,200 $22,004
120 Midlothian 3,735 $111,812 $33,587
121 Davee Gardens 43 $59,600 $29,063
122 Parnell Industrial Area 889 $93,550 $32,636
123 Peter Paul 768 $85,200 $22,004
124 Biotech And Mcv District 506 $118,750 $28,125
125 Washington Park 601 $120,200 $26,711
126 Maymont 314 $136,300 $25,938
127 Oakwood 306 $103,400 $37,159
128 Broad Rock 708 $68,200 $25,694
129 Hillside Court 728 $66,800 $16,732
130 Elkhardt 789 $116,100 $25,100
131 Jeff Davis 2,196 $44,200 $27,816
132 Mcguire 725 $91,650 $27,772
133 Oak Grove 1,511 $55,667 $31,698
134 Cofer 357 $36,150 $27,474

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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