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Vienna, VA Pat Molnar

3. Vienna, VA

Updated: Jun 01, 2014 6:34 PM UTC | Originally published: May 30, 2014

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

Financials

Median family income (per year)$144,502
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted)$105,230
Sales tax5.00%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%

Housing

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

Education

Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
52
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 longer17.3%
% population walk or bike to work7.2%

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

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches)41.8
% clear days in the area54%
High temp in July ° F89.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F23.9°

Meet the neighbors

Median age40.5
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