These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Virginia

We analyzed over 171 places in Virginia to determine where it’s all rainbows and sunshine.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Virginia have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Virginia places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Wyndham, the happiest place in Virginia.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Old Dominion”:

  1. Wyndham
  2. Fort Hunt
  3. Floris
  4. Wolf Trap
  5. Woodlake
  6. Broadlands
  7. Brambleton
  8. Forest
  9. Dranesville
  10. Stone Ridge
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Old Dominion

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 171 places in Virginia with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 171 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Virginia”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Virginia ranked. Our apologies to Belmont which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Wyndham


Population: 10,101 People Who Own Their Home: 83.2%
Married Adults: 71.3%

2. Fort Hunt


Population: 17,038 People Who Own Their Home: 89.6%
Married Adults: 70.5%

3. Floris


Population: 8,413 People Who Own Their Home: 91.3%
Married Adults: 71.2%

4. Wolf Trap


Population: 16,577 People Who Own Their Home: 92.9%
Married Adults: 72.6%

5. Woodlake


Population: 7,266 People Who Own Their Home: 81.4%
Married Adults: 60.8%

6. Broadlands


Population: 13,138 People Who Own Their Home: 84.0%
Married Adults: 75.1%

7. Brambleton


Population: 13,357 People Who Own Their Home: 84.8%
Married Adults: 70.3%

8. Forest


Population: 9,999 People Who Own Their Home: 79.0%
Married Adults: 61.7%

9. Dranesville


Population: 12,128 People Who Own Their Home: 89.7%
Married Adults: 69.1%

10. Stone Ridge


Population: 8,667 People Who Own Their Home: 86.5%
Married Adults: 70.3%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Virginia

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Wyndham 1 10,101 83.2% 71.3%
Fort Hunt 2 17,038 89.6% 70.5%
Floris 3 8,413 91.3% 71.2%
Wolf Trap 4 16,577 92.9% 72.6%
Woodlake 5 7,266 81.4% 60.8%
Broadlands 6 13,138 84.0% 75.1%
Brambleton 7 13,357 84.8% 70.3%
Forest 8 9,999 79.0% 61.7%
Dranesville 9 12,128 89.7% 69.1%
Stone Ridge 10 8,667 86.5% 70.3%
Belmont 11 5,910 91.9% 79.1%
Great Falls 12 16,207 89.9% 71.1%
South Run 13 6,607 92.1% 70.4%
Franklin Farm 14 19,956 92.3% 65.6%
McLean 15 48,078 83.1% 65.1%
Lowes Island 16 11,259 87.7% 66.4%
Countryside 17 10,279 70.5% 61.1%
Linton Hall 18 39,944 85.7% 66.4%
Short Pump 19 27,034 60.5% 61.8%
Wakefield 20 12,684 92.1% 64.2%
Cascades 21 12,231 76.1% 62.3%
Independent Hill 22 7,973 86.0% 64.7%
Vienna 23 16,173 78.5% 63.4%
Poquoson 24 12,103 79.4% 60.3%
Lake Monticello 25 9,547 78.7% 65.0%
Dunn Loring 26 9,360 86.5% 64.4%
Burke 27 42,528 84.2% 63.1%
Mechanicsville 28 36,991 76.1% 58.4%
Laurel Hill 29 8,015 78.2% 59.6%
Montclair 30 19,990 84.3% 64.4%
Ashburn 31 47,484 70.5% 61.1%
South Riding 32 26,762 81.0% 70.0%
Purcellville 33 8,350 73.7% 58.4%
Crosspointe 34 6,193 95.4% 66.7%
Greenbriar 35 7,994 68.1% 60.7%
Long Branch 36 7,388 82.7% 58.8%
Cave Spring 37 25,547 63.9% 57.2%
Gainesville 38 12,145 73.9% 63.9%
Lansdowne 39 11,678 66.4% 62.4%
Kingstowne 40 15,455 61.3% 56.5%
Aquia Harbour 41 6,544 82.1% 63.6%
Lake Barcroft 42 9,592 69.6% 59.4%
New Baltimore 43 8,955 86.7% 64.0%
Innsbrook 44 7,749 63.7% 55.2%
Brandermill 45 13,570 58.7% 53.3%
West Springfield 46 22,956 78.8% 56.4%
Newington Forest 47 12,283 83.1% 58.8%
Christiansburg 48 21,427 57.5% 51.1%
Bridgewater 49 5,812 58.2% 45.6%
Burke Centre 50 17,842 71.6% 57.1%
Belle Haven 51 6,807 71.9% 49.2%
Franconia 52 19,439 72.7% 53.2%
McNair 53 19,321 24.2% 56.9%
Hollins 54 14,844 67.7% 45.7%
Buckhall 55 17,265 88.8% 61.9%
Pimmit Hills 56 7,364 60.9% 55.8%
Mount Vernon 57 12,917 75.6% 60.5%
Newington 58 13,804 74.6% 58.9%
Leesburg 59 46,211 64.4% 57.3%
Glen Allen 60 15,464 67.0% 52.4%
Kings Park West 61 13,864 85.3% 56.8%
Rockwood 62 8,281 85.3% 57.5%
Mantua 63 7,487 64.5% 62.6%
Fair Lakes 64 7,368 56.1% 56.9%
Chamberlayne 65 5,867 87.8% 52.5%
Gloucester Point 66 9,784 62.9% 56.5%
Neabsco 67 14,775 75.0% 59.1%
Reston 68 59,217 57.8% 51.9%
Oakton 69 36,860 59.0% 56.6%
Woodburn 70 8,742 61.9% 55.5%
Lake Ridge 71 44,593 70.7% 55.5%
Chesapeake 72 228,168 67.4% 52.6%
Quantico Base 73 6,656 2.4% 51.7%
Tuckahoe 74 46,235 60.8% 52.7%
Stuarts Draft 75 8,415 66.5% 59.9%
Virginia Beach 76 445,623 58.9% 51.0%
Salem 77 25,120 61.8% 45.7%
Chantilly 78 23,431 79.1% 56.0%
Bon Air 79 16,857 70.8% 47.7%
Centreville 80 73,677 69.5% 55.4%
North Springfield 81 7,487 74.5% 53.7%
Smithfield 82 8,159 66.8% 59.1%
Madison Heights 83 10,359 63.2% 45.9%
Sterling 84 29,016 69.6% 48.0%
Tysons Corner 85 21,828 39.5% 52.3%
Colonial Heights 86 17,542 58.1% 49.2%
Merrifield 87 15,873 47.8% 47.2%
Fairfax 88 23,507 68.0% 50.6%
Bluefield 89 5,375 66.4% 61.6%
Suffolk 90 85,477 65.1% 50.8%
Herndon 91 24,141 55.9% 54.0%
Huntington 92 12,144 39.9% 43.9%
Timberlake 93 12,478 59.8% 50.7%
Sugarland Run 94 12,473 72.9% 52.9%
Meadowbrook 95 19,263 67.9% 46.0%
Warrenton 96 9,774 54.8% 45.3%
Springfield 97 30,154 60.6% 53.2%
Arlington 98 220,173 40.0% 42.0%
Lake of the Woods 99 7,454 73.8% 59.9%
Covington 100 5,853 60.7% 45.3%
Lexington 101 7,114 48.1% 22.0%
Fair Oaks 102 32,392 44.9% 48.9%
Manchester 103 10,402 58.9% 44.3%
Vinton 104 8,129 50.7% 45.3%
Lorton 105 19,497 51.2% 52.3%
Idylwood 106 17,643 49.8% 45.9%
East Highland Park 107 14,235 67.5% 32.0%
Buena Vista 108 6,683 60.0% 48.7%
Ashland 109 7,264 51.9% 33.5%
Staunton 110 24,132 51.8% 43.8%
Waynesboro 111 21,177 52.0% 47.8%
Chester 112 21,355 62.5% 45.6%
Manassas Park 113 14,992 59.1% 52.1%
Richlands 114 5,698 57.6% 48.8%
Dale City 115 70,381 69.9% 51.9%
Strasburg 116 6,486 52.4% 47.3%
Williamsburg 117 14,401 40.9% 26.5%
Abingdon 118 8,176 46.2% 43.3%
Lakeside 119 12,854 55.1% 42.9%
Alexandria 120 146,422 38.3% 43.6%
Charlottesville 121 44,505 37.4% 29.6%
Hampton 122 136,904 51.6% 41.8%
Annandale 123 43,479 56.0% 49.3%
Bristol 124 17,595 48.6% 45.7%
Woodstock 125 5,164 48.1% 52.5%
Lincolnia 126 22,917 51.4% 47.6%
Cherry Hill 127 17,079 52.0% 52.7%
Groveton 128 15,478 50.0% 53.7%
Laurel 129 16,123 49.5% 36.7%
Marion 130 5,931 45.2% 42.4%
Collinsville 131 7,632 55.9% 44.9%
Manassas 132 40,436 60.0% 51.4%
Galax 133 6,981 49.4% 41.5%
Wytheville 134 8,193 50.8% 41.8%
Blacksburg 135 43,204 25.3% 21.5%
Sandston 136 7,631 53.9% 44.1%
Radford 137 16,993 38.9% 24.7%
Lynchburg 138 77,626 46.0% 36.4%
Roanoke 139 97,949 49.0% 39.7%
Big Stone Gap 140 5,559 50.3% 33.0%
Newport News 141 181,362 45.4% 41.5%
Portsmouth 142 96,007 50.2% 39.5%
Winchester 143 27,031 42.8% 42.6%
Pulaski 144 8,993 48.8% 43.4%
Yorkshire 145 8,091 53.7% 50.9%
Sudley 146 16,221 54.8% 46.3%
Triangle 147 9,048 46.1% 50.4%
Front Royal 148 14,709 51.6% 43.1%
Harrisonburg 149 50,821 31.9% 28.7%
Seven Corners 150 8,343 31.2% 41.7%
Bull Run 151 14,570 30.4% 42.9%
Hybla Valley 152 16,076 38.0% 42.9%
Montrose 153 7,686 36.8% 34.1%
Hopewell 154 22,375 45.5% 37.5%
South Boston 155 8,069 51.1% 33.6%
Marumsco 156 38,894 50.0% 44.1%
Highland Springs 157 16,673 54.4% 34.6%
Danville 158 42,704 44.7% 38.6%
Martinsville 159 13,745 45.7% 37.3%
Fredericksburg 160 26,632 32.3% 33.8%
Bellwood 161 5,889 49.0% 37.2%
Norfolk 162 244,745 39.4% 34.3%
Bailey’s Crossroads 163 24,947 34.6% 42.9%
Ettrick 164 5,660 47.5% 20.6%
Dumfries 165 5,122 51.3% 46.1%
Richmond 166 211,063 37.0% 26.1%
Franklin 167 8,534 40.2% 40.4%
Emporia 168 5,682 34.9% 36.2%
Dumbarton 169 8,346 23.5% 29.1%
Petersburg 170 32,439 33.9% 29.9%
Bensley 171 5,865 35.6% 35.8%

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