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3. Vienna, VA
Vienna, VA
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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

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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
Town stats
Median family income (per year)
$144,502
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$105,230
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)
7.20%
Housing
Median home price (2012)
$550,000
Average property taxes
(2012)
$6,066
Education
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 longer
17.3%
% population walk or bike to work
7.2%
Leisure and culture
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
89.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F
23.9°
Meet the neighbors
Median age
40.5
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
From the September 2013 issue

Source: Onboard Informatics. Details


(II) Sales tax notes:
California (1%) and Virginia (1%) levy mandatory, statewide add-on sales taxes at the local level; these are included in their state sales tax rates.
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