These Are The 10 Worst Places In Virginia To Get A Job

When it comes to getting a job, these cities in Virginia need to update their resumes.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.
Advertisement. Article Continues Below.



We’re on a mission at Zippia to criss-cross the country looking for the best and worst places for jobs.

Today, we set our sites on the worst cities to find a job in Virginia after looking at the best places in Virginia a short while ago.

These cities did not have the grit needed to make it to the big leagues and get that big promotion we all hope to get.

After looking at the data for the 100 biggest cities in Virginia, the ten worst cities to find a job in the Old Dominion are:

  1. Martinsville
  2. Danville
  3. Lynchburg
  4. Portsmouth
  5. Norfolk
  6. Roanoke
  7. Timberlake
  8. Newport News
  9. Williamsburg
  10. Hampton

Read on to see how we did it.

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.



How We Determined The Worst Places For Jobs In The Old Dominion

After getting the data for every place in Virginia, we ultimately decided to limit our analysis to the biggest places with over 5,000 people.

That left us with 100 cities.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 100, with 1 being the worst in any given category.

Finally, we took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score gaining the title “Worst City In Virginia To Find A Job”.

The criteria we looked at were:




1. Martinsville

Martinsville, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,854Recent Job Growth: -1.44%
Future Job Growth: 25.90%

2. Danville

Danville, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 43,185Recent Job Growth: 0.33%
Future Job Growth: 31.80%

3. Lynchburg

Lynchburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 75,657Recent Job Growth: 0.26%
Future Job Growth: 34.80%

4. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 95,786Recent Job Growth: 1.72%
Future Job Growth: 36.80%

5. Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 243,056Recent Job Growth: 1.72%
Future Job Growth: 37.40%

6. Roanoke

Roanoke, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 96,742Recent Job Growth: 1.88%
Future Job Growth: 38.20%

7. Timberlake


Population: 13,504 Recent Job Growth: 0.26%
Future Job Growth: 35.60%

8. Newport News

Newport News, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 180,831Recent Job Growth: 1.72%
Future Job Growth: 37.40%

9. Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,207Recent Job Growth: 1.73%
Future Job Growth: 37.00%

10. Hampton

Hampton, Virginia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 137,471Recent Job Growth: 1.72%
Future Job Growth: 37.40%

Wrapping It Up With Friday Night Drinks

After crunching all the numbers, Martinsville took the “top” spot as the worst city in Virginia for a job.

So while the economy continues to improve and jobs become available across the state of Virginia, these cities lag behind.

Hopefully they can catch up before they miss their next bonus.

Detailed List Of Worst Places In Virginia To Get A Job

City Rank Population Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
martinsville 1 13,854 -1.44% 25.90%
danville 2 43,185 0.33% 31.80%
lynchburg 3 75,657 0.26% 34.80%
portsmouth 4 95,786 1.72% 36.80%
norfolk 5 243,056 1.72% 37.40%
roanoke 6 96,742 1.88% 38.20%
timberlake 7 13,504 0.26% 35.60%
newport news 8 180,831 1.72% 37.40%
williamsburg 9 14,207 1.73% 37.00%
hampton 10 137,471 1.72% 37.40%
suffolk 11 84,216 1.72% 37.80%
front royal 12 14,537 2.23% 39.70%
salem 13 24,792 1.89% 39.20%
virginia beach 14 439,528 1.72% 38.90%
chesapeake 15 223,233 1.72% 38.80%
cave spring 16 25,836 1.88% 39.50%
hollins 17 15,195 1.88% 39.50%
bristol 18 17,747 2.99% 39.60%
petersburg 19 32,226 3.74% 38.40%
poquoson 20 12,110 1.73% 39.10%
charlottesville 21 43,223 2.20% 40.50%
hopewell 22 22,501 3.74% 40.20%
fredericksburg 23 24,932 2.24% 39.60%
marumsco 24 37,218 2.23% 40.30%
manassas 25 37,943 2.23% 40.30%
waynesboro 26 21,030 2.77% 40.50%
dale city 27 66,593 2.23% 40.30%
bull run 28 14,012 2.23% 40.30%
lake ridge 29 40,775 2.23% 40.30%
sudley 30 15,347 2.23% 40.30%
cherry hill 31 15,624 2.23% 40.30%
linton hall 32 37,660 2.23% 40.30%
richmond 33 205,348 3.73% 41.80%
sterling 34 26,169 2.23% 40.70%
alexandria 35 140,337 2.23% 40.90%
montclair 36 19,877 2.23% 40.30%
buckhall 37 16,160 2.23% 40.30%
neabsco 38 12,204 2.23% 40.30%
radford 39 16,511 3.75% 42.30%
harrisonburg 40 49,043 3.61% 42.50%
staunton 41 23,906 2.77% 41.00%
annandale 42 39,669 2.23% 40.90%
ashburn 43 44,740 2.23% 40.70%
centreville 44 72,465 2.23% 40.90%
highland springs 45 16,536 3.73% 42.70%
manassas park 46 14,409 2.24% 40.50%
bailey’s crossroads 47 23,027 2.23% 40.90%
reston 48 58,396 2.23% 40.90%
winchester 49 26,330 3.35% 42.30%
springfield 50 31,321 2.23% 40.90%
west falls church 51 27,758 2.23% 40.90%
laurel 52 16,412 3.73% 42.70%
fair oaks 53 29,708 2.23% 40.90%
south riding 54 24,745 2.23% 40.70%
cascades 55 12,056 2.23% 40.70%
tuckahoe 56 45,586 3.73% 42.70%
east highland park 57 13,940 3.73% 42.70%
colonial heights 58 17,426 3.74% 42.50%
herndon 59 23,424 2.23% 40.90%
blacksburg 60 42,539 3.74% 43.10%
woodlawn fairfax 61 19,414 2.23% 40.90%
chester 62 20,398 3.73% 42.80%
lincolnia 63 21,431 2.23% 40.90%
oakton 64 34,364 2.23% 40.90%
burke 65 41,454 2.23% 40.90%
mclean 66 48,221 2.23% 40.90%
meadowbrook 67 18,762 3.73% 42.80%
glen allen 68 15,522 3.73% 42.70%
fairfax 69 22,712 2.23% 40.90%
culpeper 70 16,273 4.22% 43.30%
lorton 71 19,293 2.23% 40.90%
hybla valley 72 15,513 2.23% 40.90%
west springfield 73 22,788 2.23% 40.90%
tysons corner 74 20,118 2.23% 40.90%
chantilly 75 23,248 2.23% 40.90%
bon air 76 16,543 3.73% 42.80%
rose hill fairfax 77 19,127 2.23% 40.90%
brandermill 78 12,931 3.73% 42.80%
short pump 79 26,081 3.73% 42.70%
christiansburg 80 20,980 3.74% 43.30%
groveton 81 14,293 2.23% 40.90%
idylwood 82 16,756 2.23% 40.90%
mcnair 83 17,120 2.23% 40.90%
franconia 84 18,775 2.23% 40.90%
burke centre 85 17,343 2.23% 40.90%
mechanicsville 86 36,621 3.73% 43.30%
leesburg 87 43,208 2.24% 40.90%
franklin farm 88 19,869 2.23% 40.90%
merrifield 89 14,999 2.23% 40.90%
vienna 90 15,748 2.23% 40.90%
kingstowne 91 14,478 2.23% 40.90%
fort hunt 92 16,736 2.23% 40.90%
wolf trap 93 16,738 2.23% 40.90%
kings park west 94 13,687 2.23% 40.90%
great falls 95 16,098 2.23% 40.90%
arlington 96 209,077 2.23% 41.30%
newington forest 97 13,020 2.23% 40.90%
mount vernon 98 12,271 2.23% 40.90%
newington 99 12,889 2.23% 40.90%
falls church 100 12,300 2.23% 41.30%

Facebook Discussion

Why Zippia is Better

Zippia empowers you to make the correct career decisions, not just find your next job.

You can access millions of others' career paths with the Career Graph to help you identify what skills and experiences you need to achieve your career goals. And when you're ready to take the next step in your career, you can research jobs and really understand the implications for your career aspirations.