3. Vienna, VA

Pat Molnar Vienna, VA

Top 50 rank: 3

Population: 16,285

Unlike other cookie-cutter suburbs in Northern Virginia, Vienna offers walkability, a historic center, and unique businesses that give Vienna an identity all its own.

A town green anchors the community and serves as a gathering spot for local events, like the Concerts on the Green summer series. A 45-mile bike path and park built on the roadbed of a former railroad cuts right through town, and downtown is dotted with one-of-a-kind stores and homegrown eateries. The small-town feel comes with access to all the D.C. metro area attractions.

All that comes at a cost: Real estate prices and taxes are among the highest in the county. A typical three-bedroom can sell for $600,000 — and bidding wars are the norm. Then there’s the traffic, though that’s just a fact of life for anyone near the nation’s capital. –Ismat Sarah Mangla

Vienna, VA

Town stats
Median family income (per year) $144,502
Job growth % (2010-2012) 7.20%
Median home price (2012) $550,000
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 7.5%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 25.8%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 12


Median family income (per year) $144,502
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $105,230
Sales tax 5.00%II
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 5.75%
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 2.00%
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,584
Job growth % (2010-2012) 7.20%


Median home price (2012) $550,000
Average property taxes (2012) $6,066


Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 7.5%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 25.8%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 86.0/14.0

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 80.5%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 12
Median commute time (in minutes) 26.1
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 17.3%
% population walk or bike to work 7.2%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 75
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 7,052
Bars (within 15 miles) 427
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 189
Libraries (within 15 miles) 183
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 41
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.5


Annual rainfall (inches) 41.8
% clear days in the area 54%
High temp in July ° F 89.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 23.9°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 40.5
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 75.1%
Married % 53.8%
Divorced % 5.9%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 124.1
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