Most Americans have never been to Virginia. However, as the people who live there know, Virginia is an awesome state.
But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Virginia has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Old Dominion. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.
After analyzing more than 151 of Virginia’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Virginia where you’d never want to live:
- Sandy Level
- Oak Level
Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Virginia has its stuff figured out.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.
How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?
In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Virginia, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we crunched the numbers
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (The lower the worse)
- Highest Unemployment Rates
- Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
- Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
- Education (Number of high school dropouts)
- High Crime
We looked at cities with populations between 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 151 to be exact.
Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.
Population: 262 Median Income: $15,221
Median Home Value: $70,200
Population: 343 Median Income: $14,107
Median Home Value: $57,900
3. Sandy Level
Population: 339 Median Income: $31,875
Median Home Value: $64,200
Population: 369 Median Income: $17,434
Median Home Value: $108,500
Population: 825 Median Income: $23,409
Median Home Value: $82,000
Population: 501 Median Income: $27,222
Median Home Value: $101,000
Population: 959 Median Income: $22,069
Median Home Value: $67,700
Population: 184 Median Income: $20,417
Median Home Value: $48,300
Population: 362 Median Income: $23,816
Median Home Value: $55,600
10. Oak Level
Population: 798 Median Income: $26,944
Median Home Value: $91,400
There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Virginia
If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Old Dominion with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Virginia, according to science.
- Best: Round Hill
- 2nd Best: Clifton
- 3rd Best: Occoquan
For more reading, check out:
Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Virginia
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