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    A
  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Reston is a town in Virginia with a population of 60,335. Reston is in Fairfax County and is one of the best places to live in Virginia. Living in Reston offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Reston there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Reston and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Reston are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$488,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,835
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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Reston Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    33%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    17%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Reston

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$116,375
National
$55,322
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Reston Reviews

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Reston is a moderately populated area in Northern Virginia with many shopping centers and water bodies for enjoyment. Some of these include Tysons Corner, Reston Town Center, The Water Mine, Lake Fairfax Park, and the Walker Nature Center. It is known as a suburban area with not many people around making it a peaceful place to live, especially for raising families! It is a bit far from many colleges and universities but there are a few for those who need it.
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I’ve lived in Reston all my life and it is a spectacular place to live!

Not so long ago Reston was a suburban town with a thriving town center that feels like a small city. Now with multiple metro stops, the town is growing and feels like a small city with high rises, retail, many restaurants, and office buildings. The town also has a very suburban feel to it with many woodsy areas and a couple of lakes. The only downside to this town is the horrid DC area traffic.
When moving to Reston, Virginia - my hope was that this new location would provide me with charm and comfort similar to my previous location in Raleigh, North Carolina. Reston nearly did just that but not in the typical essence of the "south". The charm and comfort was within the diversity in the city. Individuals from different backgrounds, religions, and walks-of-life engaged with each other in open arms, just outside of the nation's capital.

The positives of Reston are within the diversity, job opportunities, public schools and family-friendliness. The major areas of improvement would be in the affordability and real estate market. Living in the area - you likely make a decent living in regards to salary especially with so many federal and technology jobs in the area. However, with so much revenue in the area this can impact the real estate market and overall costs of everyday essentials as prices increase frequently.