Richmond conjures up images of tons of things to do, quality people, and a bustling economy. The region consistently ranks as one of the best places to live across the country.
But not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Richmond.
So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Richmond ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Richmond area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Richmond proper, although Woodlake certainly tries.
We examined the 31 biggest suburbs of Richmond to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t find them on the worst places to live in Virginia, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Richmond in terms of quality of life:
- East Highland Park
Read on to see how we determined the places around Richmond that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger. And once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of worst to best.
How we determined the worst Richmond ‘burbs
To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things. We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the Census’s most recent 2010-2014 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:
- Low unemployment (Less jobs)
- Low median income (Less pay)
- Low population density (No things to do)
- Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
- High number of high school drop outs
Then, we ranked each place that have over 5,000 people around Richmond for each of these criteria from worst to best.
The place with the lowest average rankings for these criteria ranks as the worst suburb of Richmond.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Richmond to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 31 suburbs ranked from worst to best.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Snarkiness incorporated for entertainment purposes only. Hold on to your pants.
Population: 32,439Median Income: $33,927
Median Home Value: $114,100
Population: 5,889Median Income: $36,983
Median Home Value: $137,900
Population: 22,375Median Income: $39,156
Median Home Value: $129,600
Population: 5,865Median Income: $33,323
Median Home Value: $136,100
5. East Highland Park
Population: 14,235Median Income: $47,085
Median Home Value: $145,200
Population: 7,631Median Income: $46,833
Median Home Value: $146,000
Population: 2,199 Median Income: $52,207
Median Home Value: $144,200
Population: 8,346Median Income: $36,432
Median Home Value: $145,400
Population: 5,660Median Income: $50,139
Median Home Value: $141,400
Population: 12,854Median Income: $44,589
Median Home Value: $166,700
The areas around Richmond that you probably don’t want to live in
Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Richmond with Petersburg landing ahead of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Richmond aren’t all bad. Woodlake takes the cake as the best place to live around Richmond.
For the chart below, these are ranked from worst to best.
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Detailed List Of Richmond Suburbs
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