10 Wealthiest Neighborhoods in Virginia

Wealthy areas are often known for having successful residents and many available resources. If you have enough money to be able to afford a residence in a wealthy neighborhood, including one of those in the state of Virginia, you can reap the benefits of such an environment. With that in mind, here are the 10 wealthiest neighborhoods in Virginia, based on per capita income data collected by the United States Census Bureau.

1) Great Falls

Great Falls, a census-designated place with a population of over 15,000 residents, is located in northern Virginia, in Fairfax County. The ages of residents are widely distributed, with significant portions of the population being children, young adults, middle-aged, and elderly. The median resident age, 43.7 years old, is older than Virginia’s overall median age of 37.6. The per capita income sits at a very comfortable $78,149, and the median value of homes and condos in Great Falls is over $1,000,000. The people of this neighborhood are generally well-educated, with more than 80% of residents over 25 years old having at least a Bachelor’s degree. Perhaps accordingly, a large segment of industry in Great Falls, 38%, deals with professional, scientific, and technical services.


2) McLean

McLean is located in Fairfax County, in the northeastern region of Virginia, and has a population of over 48,000 residents. Though the median age of residents falls in the middle aged range, there is also a high proportion of children in the community, 26.9%, in fact. McLean’s per capita income is $63,209, and the median household income is far higher than for the state of Virginia overall. The most common careers for McLean residents fall under management and legal categories. Additionally, house and condo values tend to be high, with a median of $928,343, and the population of the area has grown in recent years. For reasons such as these, the cost of living is high in this neighborhood compared to the United States average.


3) Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap is a census-designated place in the northern part of Virginia, in Fairfax County. The neighborhood has a population of 16,131 residents and a total area just under 10 square miles. There are large proportions of children and middle-aged adults, along with smaller numbers of young adults and elderly residents. The per capita income in Wolf Trap is $56,294, and median household income is about triple that of the median of Virginia overall. The people of Wolf Trap are well educated, with over 90% of people at least 25 years old having a high school diploma and almost 80% having at least a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the unemployment rate is low and the average commute time is less than half an hour. In terms of the environment itself, though Wolf Trap tends to have the average amount of earthquake activity for Virginia, that amount is hugely lower than the overall United States average.


4) Irvington

The town of Irvington sits in eastern Virginia in Lancaster County. It is a small neighborhood, the population consisting of fewer than 700 residents, almost half of whom are over the age of 65. The per capita income in Irvington is $50,743 and the median home value is over $300,000. The most common careers in Irvington are those in management. As for religious beliefs among residents of Lancaster County, the largest proportion, 36.6%, are not part of a religion, and other significant portions of the population are Evangelical Protestant, Mainline Protestant, and Catholic. In Irvington town itself, residents are approximately as healthy as people in Virginia overall, in terms of sleep, BMI, healthy diet, and more.


5) Penhook

Penhook is a small census-designated place with a population of just over 800 people. The median age of residents is 49, although there are also significant numbers of children and adults of other ages. The per capita income in Penhook is $48,663 and the median household income is just over $68,000. More than three quarters of residents over age 25 have a high school diploma, and 43.7% have at least a Bachelor’s degree. Manufacturing is the most common industry, making up 33% of Penhook’s industrial activity, and careers in management are the most popular type of occupation. Average temperatures throughout the year are similar to those of the United States overall, and there are several hospitals and colleges relatively close to the town.


6) Clifton

Clifton, a small incorporated town in Fairfax County, is home to 282 residents. The median age of people living in this town is 37, although almost a quarter of residents are children. The per capita income in Clifton is a steady $47,459 and the median home value is far higher here than in the state of Virginia in general. Clifton is a town of well-educated individuals with a drive for innovation, as all residents over 25 years old have high school diplomas, almost 70% have at least a Bachelor’s degree, and professional, scientific, and technical services make up more than a quarter of the industry. The majority of households in this town have families, and the average number of people per household is 3.2. Additionally, there are relatively few individuals living in poverty, only 2.5% of all residents.


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