AreaVibes reveals the best places to live in Virginia for 2016 using our Livability Score. The Livability Score for each city in Virginia is calculated out of 100 from a unique algorithm based on various metrics, including: amenities, cost of living, crime, education, employment, housing and weather. Virginia has a population of 8,185,131 and a population density of 191.4 people per square mile. The capital city is Richmond and the largest city in Virginia is Virginia Beach. To filter the results, use the dropdown options to sort by population or category.