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Reston Once Again Recognized by Money Magazine as a Top Place To Live in America

by Dave Emke — September 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm 19 Comments

Money magazine today released its list of the best places to live in America and, once again, Reston made the cut.

The community, which was No. 7 on list in 2012 and No. 10 in 2014, came in this year at No. 29 on the Top 100. (In 2016, Reston was ranked No. 28 as part of an entry that included the entire Hunter Mill District of Fairfax County.)

Of the three Virginia communities on this year’s list, Reston ranked the highest. It is just above nearby Ashburn, which placed at No. 30; and Midlothian, located near Richmond in Chesterfield County, at No. 49.

Reston is also the highest-ranked community in the DC Metro, with the area’s only other nod coming for Rockville at No. 39.

According to the writeup from the Money magazine, which is published by Time Inc.:

Reston was once just an idea. In the early 1960s, architect and economist Robert E. Simon mapped out a vision for a community that upheld open space, recreational facilities, and aesthetic beauty.

Today, the thriving Washington, D.C., suburb offers a woodsy atmosphere that includes expanses of parks, lakes, golf courses, and bridle paths. Over 50 miles of pathways were designed to weave in and around its communities to increase pedestrian safety and to ensure that most residents’ homes were no more than a half-mile walk to village centers.

Reston Town Center, the community hub, provides an array of dining, entertainment, and shopping venues, along with headquarters for ComScore and Rolls-Royce North America; the town is also the site of a Google office and five of the largest venture capital firms in Virginia, as well as a Metro rail station for Washington commuters. Those help keep the town’s unemployment rate well below the national average. — Gabriela Fernandez

(Editor’s Note: While the writeup refers to Reston as a town, it is not an incorporated community, but rather a census-designated place.)

According to Money magazine, this year’s list includes communities with populations between 10,000 and 100,000. After they “eliminated any place that had more than double the national crime risk, less than 85 percent of its state’s median household income, or a lack of ethnic diversity,” the list’s creators were left with about 2,400 communities from which to choose.

To find the top 100, they “considered data on each place’s economic health, cost of living, public education, crime, ease of living, and amenities, all provided by research partner Witlytic.” Realtor.com helped compile the list by contributing data on housing market costs and growth.

Take a look at the full list, topped by the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers, and let us know what you think of the ranking.

  • SuperCoop1280

    Somewhat ironic as housing growth increases, the farther down the list Reston gets ranked.

    • tattler
      • Donald

        Post hoc ergo propter hoc

        Donald

      • Mike M

        I don’t believe they said anything about causation. And perhaps you have a better explanation?

        • Thomas Day

          More big words! Your mom helping you with homework tonight?

          • tattler

            MmmmHmmmm. I reckon you’re right, Tom. French fried per-ta-ters, mmmmhmmmm. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fb13ce6f866c0beddb8e80705b37677a1c55de5b0709362c6d7d50e367ea65d0.png

          • The Constitutionalist

            Jesus, Thomas. Just tell him that you love him already. What’s the worst that can happen? Mike tells you that he only sees you as a friend? At least then you can move on with your life. There’s plenty of fish in the sea. Alright – that settles it. At recess you’ll go tell him by the flagpole. See you there.

          • Thomas Day

            Looks like someone is jealous! Don’t worry – you two can still enjoy your time on the unemployment line together.

          • The Constitutionalist

            Not jealous, just concerned. These are the types of behaviors we shouldn’t teach our children. You shouldn’t be mean to people to get them to like you, I thought you would’ve learned that in grade school.

            LoL @ the classic unemployed jab. Statistically ironic.

          • Mike M

            Parrot to my pirate. Monkey to my organ grinder.
            Still, no substance. Maybe your mom should help you.

    • EliteinReston

      Reston fell because of the parking fees at the town center.

  • Willie Reston

    Any “best of” list that has Ashburn in the top 100 is completely meaningless.

    • Mike M

      Perhaps you are the outlier, Willie?

    • EADGBE

      Ahhh the brutal truth……

    • TheKingJAK

      Ashburn, South Riding, etc. are among the best examples of unplanned communities that I’ve ever seen. Every street looks the same, and shopping centers randomly appear in the middle of neighborhoods. Old Ashburn is pretty cool, as is old Arcola, but they’ve completely wrecked all of that.

  • Hieronymus Bosch

    Based on the article, is this an accurate description?

    No. 29: Reston, Virginia
    Reston was once just an idea. In the early 1960s, architect and economist Robert E. Simon mapped out a vision for a community that upheld open space, recreational facilities, and aesthetic beauty.
    Today, the thriving Washington, D.C., suburb offers a woodsy atmosphere that includes expanses of parks, lakes, golf courses, and bridle paths. Over 50 miles of pathways were designed to weave in and around its communities to increase pedestrian safety and to ensure that most residents’ homes were no more than a half-mile walk to village centers.

    Reston Town Center, the community hub, provides an array of dining, entertainment, and shopping venues, along with headquarters for ComScore and Rolls-Royce North America; the town is also the site of a Google office and five of the largest venture capital firms in Virginia, as well as a Metro rail station for Washington commuters. Those help keep the town’s unemployment rate well below the national average. —

    Population
    61,319

    Median Home Price
    $ 463,149

    Projected Job Growth
    3.1%

    Median Household Income
    $ 112,722

    Clear Days per Year
    197

    Average Commute Time
    25 minutes

    • John Higgins

      Accurate? Sure. I particularly enjoy the bridal paths.

    • Greg

      Reston Town Center, of course, is not part of Reston.

      And what is Reston is neither Reston nor a town; it’s an unincorporated area in Fairfax County.

      It can, however, easily take 25 minutes to journey on Reston Parkway through Reston.

      And, it’s “Metrorail.”

  • Johab Silva

    Top place to live for those located outside of South Reston, because SR is where all sorts of crimes happen. Sounds of bullets, police cars, and helicopters, are like music that I’ve often have to listen before going to bed. Looking forward moving out from this war zone in a near future.

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