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Reston Ranks Among Best for Rich and Single

by Karen Goff September 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm 2,124 5 Comments

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Put down your $14 craft cocktail and listen up: Reston is one of the best places for the rich and single.

That is a subcategory of Money Magazine’s 2014 “Best Places to Live” list, on which Reston was ranked No. 10 on Monday. Reston made the list two years ago as well, when it came in at No. 7. Money picks the best places with populations of 50,000 to 300,000 based on a strong economy, access to good jobs and recreational amenities, among others.

Money’s subset of Best Places to Be Rich and Single includes “a disproportionate number of wealthy people who aren’t yet paired off. To create this list, we considered all places where singles represent at least 30 percent of the population, then ranked the cities by median income. (NOTE: We make no promises about youth or attractiveness.)”

Reston comes in at No. 5, behind Brookline, Mass., Lower Merion, Pa., Newton, Mass., and our neighbor to the east, Arlington, Va.

Money says 31 percent of Reston’s population of 61,000 is single. The median family income in Reston isย $142,404.

Says the magazine:

Reston, which isย No. 10 on our Best Places list, prides itself on being the country’s first modern planned community. Because the city was designed around its five residential “villages,” it doesn’t have a traditional downtown, but that’s not so say that there’s nowhere for singles to mingle. Reston Town Center is the city’s main gathering spot, and offers socializing opportunities ranging from evening painting classes and classic film screenings to running workshops and wine tastings.

Lake Anne Plaza is another popular spot for shopping, snacking or just hanging out by the lake enjoying the free Wi-Fi.

For more serious nightlife — or to commute to their high-paying jobs — many residents make the trek to Washington, D.C., a trip that’s gotten quicker and easier with the new D.C. metro extension. Now, you can take the Silver Line from Reston to the capital in about 40 minutes.



  • ChuckD

    Arlington is a neighbor to the East ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Reston: look how far it’s come ๐Ÿ˜›

    In the early days, it was known to outsiders for its social open-mindedness (too open by some standards, but that was the point – to be welcoming and non-discriminatory), family-friendliness (lots for families to do together; places kids could walk safely; co-op and other preschools available; parks and pools reasonably close to all neighborhoods), being able to work close to home, being near the Dulles Access Road (and later, the Toll Road), destination shopping centers where you could (or would want to) hang out and read or chat with friends for a while, and appreciating and interacting with nature (sidewalks, trails, lots of trees; lakes you could swim in or boat on or even ice skate on in super-cold winters; other outdoor recreation).

    Now it’s known for growth and horrible traffic (especially near Reston Town Center and along Reston Parkway during both the AM and PM rush periods); parking garages around the one gigantic shopping mall/housing area that’s overtaken many other things; not enough business at the remaining village centers/strip malls; inadequate schools that have multiple trailers and are still overcrowded; trying to be like inner suburbs or even inside-the-Beltway communities; proximity to Metro (this one part would have been nice years ago!); rich single people (or rich DINKs – who else could afford or would buy million-dollar two-bedroom condos – see http://www.homesrestonvirginia.com/reston-va-million-dollars-luxury-homes-for-sale/ – ?) and “$14 craft cocktails” – yikes. Oh, and cougar hangouts (https://www.google.com/search?q=cougar+bar+reston).

    I’m sure there were some rich single people in Reston back in the ’60s and ’70s, and – being those days – there were surely key parties and swingers and such – but not like this. This certainly wasn’t the goal for Reston, or even *a* goal for Reston, I don’t think. But Robert E. Simon is still alive – perhaps someone who knows him personally would be kind enough to ask him?

    How low Reston has sunk ๐Ÿ™

    • Mike M

      Lighten up, Frances

  • Arielle in NoVA

    …how could I forget? Affordable housing. Until recently, teachers and public servants could readily afford to live in Reston, where or near they worked. Hardly true today.

  • Mike M

    Better be rich if you live in reston. Because if you are not rich by global standards in Reston, you are locally poor.

    Hmmn, and single has its benefits!


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