Money.com has released its annual list of the Best Places to Live in the U.S. and once again Ashburn has made the cut, coming in at No. 11. It’s not the first appearance for Ashburn, which was No. 22 in 2016 and then soared to the No. 2 spot in 2018.
The short entry on this year’s list includes a photo (see above) of the bar at Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm restaurant in the Broadlands, and makes the ubiquitous reference to the data centers in the area that shape all our lives. It also touches on the impact of the coronavirus locally.
“The median income in this outer Washington, D.C. suburb is $126,000 — among the very highest of any city on our list,” the article reads. “Before the coronavirus pandemic, the unemployment rate in the city was just 2.2%. (In April, unemployment in the city peaked at 9.9% and dropped to 7.7% by June.)”
The top spot this year went to Evans, Georgia, a suburb of Augusta. Among the many factors Money considered in coming up with the list — employment opportunities, housing, cost of living, diversity, health and safety, education, weather and lifestyle, and amenities. The list only features two communities from each state. The other Virginia town to make the list this year is Midlothian at No. 20.
(Image at top: Aboud Dweck via Money)