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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$112,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$709
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    30
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    106
    500
  • Theft
    715
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    15
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$29,109
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    19%
    13%
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Buena Vista is a small town in Virginia. It is located within the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a town that has some events like Mountain Days, where people gather from different businesses to promote their products. Another event that is very popular would be Fiddlers Convention at Glenn Maury Park. People travel from all over just to come to this convention, and during this event week the whole park is filled with campers and RVs from travelers. Buena Vista has some factories like Everbrite, ADS, Munters, and Modine. However, Buena Vista lacks the amount of small businesses that would help it thrive. Also, for the small businesses that Buena Vista does have do not get much support from outside sources.
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Buena Vista is an old city led by folks who want to go back in time to the glory days. In all honesty, it is a modern-day Radiator Springs, passed up because of Interstate 81.
Despite the aged population, the up-and-coming Southern Virginia University is a bright light to the town, bringing in a thousand students a year, many of whom are purchasing homes and starting families in the area.
City communication and events need to improve, but no other place can beat the view of the Blue Ridge Mtns.
The town is quiet and friendly. It's surrounded by mountains so views abound and there is a great opportunity for hiking/outdoor activities. The river that goes through town is popular for swimming, tubing, and canoeing/kayaking. No nightlife to speak of for the younger crowd.