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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$115,000
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$691
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    76
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    106
    525
  • Theft
    471
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    61
    263

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$29,097
National
$53,889
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Colleges

Buena Vista Reviews

15 reviews
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I would like to see more small businesses. There is a lot of empty buildings in the city. I am not aware of many organized events aside from what happens at Southern Virginia University.
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I live here and it used to be a great place to grow up and have your kids grow up as well but it has gotten to the point that everyone wants to leave. This place is beautiful but the people need to stop being nosy. They need to put the school back to the way they used to be.
I am currently studying here and the campus is wonderful and the community is very supportive of the school. It is not a big city at all but it is cozey and a fun place especially for participating in outdoor activities.