Glen Allen, Virginia Details
In addition to being a haven for history buffs, it is also a must for sports fans. Nearby University of Richmond is a Division I school that belongs to the Atlantic 10 Division. It features a number of collegiate sports, including men’s basketball, football, lacrosse, and baseball, as well as women’s basketball, cross country, field hockey, and tennis. Due to its love for sports, Sperling’s, a website that ranks the best and worst places to live, ranked this VA suburb no. 6 out of 50 on its list of “America’s Manliest Sports Cities.”
Demographically speaking, Glen Allen consists of 8.9 square miles and has a population of 15,644, according to 2010 U.S. Census Data. The median age is 37.6 and 54.49 percent of people are married. The average household size is 2.63 people. In terms of racial demographics, 62.69 percent is white, 23.55 percent black, 4.04 percent Asian, 2.19 percent Native American, and 0.65 percent identifies as “Other.”
Politically speaking, the CDP’s population skews Democratic. Roughly 55.22 percent of people are registered Democrat, while 43.42 percent are registered Republican. The remaining 1.35 percent are registered independent.
Health and Well-Being
As for the health of its citizens, Glen Allen boasts above average rankings in water quality physicians per 100,000 people. Unfortunately, its air quality rating of 50.7 is below the national average of 58.4.
In terms of weather, there are 207 sunny days per year in this Virginia CDP. Sperling’s rates it a 61 on their “comfort index” out of 100, which is superior to the national average of 54. The comfort index considers annual days within the comfort range of 70-80 degrees.
Despite its small size, this CDP has been a popular destination for homebuyers in recent years. Since 2000, this unincorporated town has seen its population grow by 71 percent. It’s currently a good time to buy a home there, seeing as home appreciation is up 2.1 percent over the past year and the median home price is $288,600 as of 2017. The median home age is 22 years compared to the national average of 37 years.
As far as rental properties, renters make up roughly 25 percent of the population. As of December 2016, a studio apartment costs renters $900 per month, while a three bedroom unit will set renters back $1,440 per month.
The unemployment rate is 3.7 percent, which is lower the national average and Virginia state average. Future job growth over the next decade is projected to be 39.49 percent. The CDP has a sales tax rate of 5.3 percent and an income tax rate of 5.75 percent. The income per capita is $31,844 and the median household income is $68,101. The average commute time for workers is 23 minutes, which is below the national average. Additionally, about 5.4 percent of the population chooses to work from home.
In addition to a thriving economy, prospective homebuyers will also be pleased to know that the Henrico County CDC has a thriving school district. Its schools received an 8 out 10 rating by GreatSchools.org, which is considered “above average.” The rating is based on a variety of factors, including student achievement, student growth, and college readiness. Residents can enroll at the Strayer University-Henrico Campus if they wish to stay close by or can pursue other nearby institutes like Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond.
As far as safety, the violent crime rate is 38, according to Sperling’s, which is nearly 7 points above the national average. That being said, the property crime rate is nearly four points below the national average.
Due to its prosperous housing market, strong economy, and above average schools, it’s no wonder that CNNMoney.com ranked Glen Allen No.1 on its list of the “Top 100 Places to Live” in both 2007 and 2009. The Richmond suburb also ranked No. 4 on Sperling’s list of “Best Rated Cities” in 2011.
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