Harrisonburg 76 Exceptional
Harrisonburg Livability #215 ranked city in Virginia#6,883 ranked city in the USARanks better than 76% of areas
A+ Harrisonburg Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Harrisonburg Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% lower than Virginia
991% less expensive than the US average
1077% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Harrisonburg cost of living
A- Harrisonburg Crime Total crime is 8% lower than Virginia
Total crime
1,72033% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5933% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-25%Year over year crime is down
Harrisonburg crime
D Harrisonburg Employment Household income is 39% lower than Virginia
Median household income
$40,49427% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$18,89237% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%24% lower than the US average
Harrisonburg employment
F Harrisonburg Housing Home value is 21% lower than Virginia
Median home value
$197,4007% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$83412% lower than the US average
Home ownership
37%41% lower than the US average
Harrisonburg real estate or Harrisonburg rentals
A Harrisonburg Schools HS graduation rate is 4% lower than Virginia
High school grad. rates
81%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
73%48% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
11:133% lower than the US average
Harrisonburg K-12 schools
D+ Harrisonburg User Ratings There are a total of 3 ratings in Harrisonburg
Overall user rating
58% 3 total ratings
User reviews rating
65% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
25% 1 total surveys
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Living in Harrisonburg, VA

Located in the state of Virginia, Harrisonburg is a medium-sized city with a population of 51,979 people. At 84%, the majority of the Harrisonburg population is White; this is followed by 7% Black and 4% Asian. Harrisonburg could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 24 years old is below the nation’s average.

Are you trying to decide if living in Harrisonburg is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a great experience before moving to any new city in Virginia, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, weather, education, you can easily compare the best places to live in Harrisonburg and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Harrisonburg to Virginia and the national average.

Using data and statistics Harrisonburg has received a livability score of 75 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 83rd percentile when compared to all other cities. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Harrisonburg could be a great choice! Based on the grades for each individual category, Harrisonburg has received high marks for amenities (A+), crime (B) and education (A). Harrisonburg does not do well for the following: employment (D) and housing (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Harrisonburg, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: White Oak Lavender Farm, Explore More Discovery Museum, and Virginia Quilt Museum.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Harrisonburg have a test score average of 73%, which is well above the US average.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Harrisonburg is real estate affordability. The median home price for Harrisonburg homes is $197,400, which is 20.5% lower than the Virginia average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Harrisonburg, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.9, which is 28.9% higher than the Virginia average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Harrisonburg area were 3.3% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 2.8%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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      Source: The Harrisonburg, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).