Best Places To Live

35. Leesburg, VA

201309_BPL_LEESBURG
Leesburg, VA Town of Leesburg

Top 50 rank: 35

Population: 46,140

Leesburg’s charming downtown dates back to 1758, and the community has made a point of preserving the historical architecture. Other perks include the town’s proximity to the Virginia wine country and an award-winning farmers’ market.

Homes in the area have a median sale price a bit under $400,000 — not cheap, but reasonable for the region. There aren’t many large employers in town, so most residents commute 40 miles to D.C., or to a major AOL office, just 15 miles away. –H.L.

Leesburg, VA

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $118,180
Job growth % (2010-2012) 7.23%
Median home price (2012) $322,500
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 1.5%
Math test scores (% above/below average) -0.4%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 18

Financials

Median family income (per year) $118,180
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $86,062
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) 7.23%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $322,500
Average property taxes(2012) $4,006

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 22
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 1.5%
Test scores math (% above/below average) -0.4%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 95.6/4.4

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 86.2%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 18
Median commute time (in minutes) 30.6
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 28.8%
% population walk or bike to work 3.8%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 12
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 905
Bars (within 15 miles) 42
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 149
Libraries (within 15 miles) 18
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 11
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 area 54%
High temp in July ° F 87.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 20.8°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 32.7
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 70.6%
Married % 52.5%
Divorced % 6.3%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 145.1

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