The 10 Most Boring Places In Virginia For 2023


The most boring places in Virginia are Buena Vista and Chesapeake for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

There’s no denying it: there are plenty of places in Virginia that are downright beautiful and full of excitement.

Unfortunately, not all towns and cities in Old Dominion are so lucky.

Just like in all U.S. States, there are definitely some boring places within Virginia’s’ borders. You know the places where everyone has an AARP card and the most exciting thing they do all day is post a picture of their grandchild on Facebook.

Like Buena Vista, for instance. In our latest analysis, we found that this city was the most boring city in all of Oklahoma according to Saturday Night Science. But don’t feel bad if you’re a resident of Buena Vista. There are plenty of other boring, lackluster places in Virginia as well.

Here they are. Try not to jump out of your seat with excitement.

Don’t freak out, in fact, believe it not, a boring city is actually one a lot of people would like to call home.

Before you get all upset if your city’s name is on the list, rest assured that we didn’t use personal opinion when it comes to what classifies a city or town as “boring” or “exciting”. We crunched actual numbers to figure out which towns are statistically more boring.

Showing this data to you is the kind of thing that a real estate agent knows, but would never share.

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Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table


The 10 Most Boring Places In Virginia For 2023

Buena Vista, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10
Population: 6,649
Average Age: 35.9
% Married: 32.0%
More on Buena Vista:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Chesapeake, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10
Population: 247,172
Average Age: 37.1
% Married: 20.0%
More on Chesapeake:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Ashland, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10
Population: 7,478
Average Age: 30.5
% Married: 15.0%
More on Ashland:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Suffolk, VA

Source: Wikipedia User User: Kubigula | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10
Population: 93,268
Average Age: 38.2
% Married: 23.0%
More on Suffolk:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Orange, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10
Population: 5,012
Average Age: 34.0
% Married: 18.0%
More on Orange:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Strasburg, VA

Source: Wikipedia User Doug Kerr | CC BY-SA 2.0
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10
Population: 7,036
Average Age: 36.6
% Married: 23.0%
More on Strasburg:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Emporia, VA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10
Population: 5,761
Average Age: 39.2
% Married: 24.0%
More on Emporia:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Purcellville, VA

Source: Wikipedia User Scott Harris | CC BY-SA 4.0
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10
Population: 8,910
Average Age: 35.3
% Married: 15.0%
More on Purcellville:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Culpeper, VA

Source: Wikipedia User Billy Hathorn | CC BY 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10
Population: 19,740
Average Age: 35.5
% Married: 17.0%
More on Culpeper:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Dumfries, VA

Source: Wikipedia User Leonard J. DeFrancisci | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10
Population: 5,669
Average Age: 28.4
% Married: 9.0%
More on Dumfries:  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Methodology: How we determined the boring cities in the Old Dominion

You would present the following case to your friends if you were argueing with them at a bar about the most boring place to live in Virginia. And that’s why we call it Saturday Night Science.

Because our data speaks more truth than feelings.

To figure out how boring a place is, we factored in things we generally think make people exciting, and then we figure out which cities have the least number of those exciting people.

We used the U.S. American Community Census data to gather the information presented here. HSome of the things people tend to think of as making a city’s population boring include:

  • % of Population Over 25 (higher is more boring)
  • % of Married Household (higher is more boring)
  • Average Age (higher is more boring)
  • % of Households With Kids (higher is more boring)
  • Population density (lower is more boring)

Then, our algorithm generates a ranking for each place in these categories. After crunching the numbers, all of the cities ranked from most boring to most exciting.

For this ranking, we used every Virginia city with at least 5,000 residents. This keeps us from prejudicing our rankings by including very small pockets of retired people.

Grab your rocker and hold on.

We updated this article for 2023, and it’s our tenth time ranking the most boring cities in Virginia.

There You Have It – Now That You’re Asleep

On a ranking like this, there are usually no winners, but since Virginia isn’t necessarily the most boring state in the United States, the cities on this ranking can at least take solace that there are, in fact, more boring cities in the country.

If you’re also curious enough, here are the most exciting places in Virginia, according to science:

  1. Alexandria
  2. Richmond
  3. Petersburg

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Detailed List Of The Most Boring Cities In Virginia For 2023

Rank City Population Average Age
1 Buena Vista, VA 6,649 35.9
2 Chesapeake, VA 247,172 37.1
3 Ashland, VA 7,478 30.5
4 Suffolk, VA 93,268 38.2
5 Orange, VA 5,012 34.0
6 Strasburg, VA 7,036 36.6
7 Emporia, VA 5,761 39.2
8 Purcellville, VA 8,910 35.3
9 Culpeper, VA 19,740 35.5
10 Dumfries, VA 5,669 28.4
11 Franklin, VA 8,249 39.0
12 Lynchburg, VA 78,973 28.6
13 Hopewell, VA 23,020 35.8
14 Poquoson, VA 12,382 43.0
15 Radford, VA 16,205 23.6
16 Covington, VA 5,716 42.2
17 Bridgewater, VA 6,092 32.3
18 Harrisonburg, VA 52,062 25.5
19 Leesburg, VA 48,223 35.3
20 Big Stone Gap, VA 5,280 39.8
21 Farmville, VA 7,266 23.5
22 Front Royal, VA 15,039 37.2
23 Woodstock, VA 5,716 39.1
24 Manassas, VA 42,596 35.0
25 Newport News, VA 185,069 33.9
26 Salem, VA 25,335 40.8
27 Galax, VA 6,681 42.1
28 Williamsburg, VA 15,299 26.1
29 South Boston, VA 8,011 43.0
30 Portsmouth, VA 97,454 35.5
31 Fredericksburg, VA 28,027 30.7
32 Blacksburg, VA 44,385 21.9
33 Manassas Park, VA 17,081 35.5
34 Virginia Beach, VA 457,658 36.7
35 Colonial Heights, VA 18,127 39.0
36 Norfolk, VA 238,556 30.9
37 Martinsville, VA 13,476 40.6
38 Vinton, VA 8,039 40.5
39 Hampton, VA 136,748 36.3
40 Waynesboro, VA 22,149 39.1
41 Christiansburg, VA 23,174 37.9
42 Bluefield, VA 5,079 45.5
43 Warrenton, VA 10,002 40.2
44 Lexington, VA 7,287 22.4
45 Smithfield, VA 8,513 46.1
46 Wytheville, VA 8,260 46.8
47 Herndon, VA 24,574 35.7
48 Danville, VA 42,556 40.9
49 Winchester, VA 28,194 36.6
50 Charlottesville, VA 46,597 32.5
51 Staunton, VA 25,358 40.9
52 Marion, VA 5,817 44.6
53 Pulaski, VA 8,984 41.9
54 Richlands, VA 5,300 47.1
55 Vienna, VA 16,465 41.7
56 Abingdon, VA 8,350 45.0
57 Roanoke, VA 99,578 38.0
58 Bristol, VA 16,996 43.4
59 Fairfax, VA 23,980 37.7
60 Falls Church, VA 14,494 39.3
61 Petersburg, VA 33,229 37.2
62 Richmond, VA 225,676 34.4
63 Alexandria, VA 158,185 37.1
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.

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5 thoughts on “The 10 Most Boring Places In Virginia For 2023

  1. I don’t understand the concept that the older the population, the more boring the city. In Poquoson there are some of the most interesting people: military, NASA scientists, Jefferson Lab scientists, highly trained and skilled people from the Newport News Shipyard, many professional people with PHDs, medical degrees, lawyers, professors, etc and watermen plying an ancient and interesting trade with skill and pride. It is considered one of the safest places in the state with excellent schools and a community that looks out for each other. Just because you may be married does not make you boring nor does having children. I believe your study is based on flawed premises.

  2. Martinsville should have been in the top 3! All that is here is the racetrack and a natural history museum. Other than that, not anything interesting is here.

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