Eugene Delgaudio - Sterling District
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July 13, 2014

I will be getting you more results and details.

Most subscribers and Sterling Americans know the rating is well deserved.

The rest of you need to get better informed, just go back and read the last 100 newseltters for example. Or open the blinds and look out at the real Sterling. Thank you.


"Besides the undying love of Civil War history and the military, Virginia also seems to be obsessed with having fun. Have you seen all their hiking trails, zoos, amusement parks, festivals, and amazing food? You can't get better ham anyplace else in the nation, either. But where in this fascinating state can you find the most excitement?



That's what the Movoto Real Estate Blog decided to find out. We crunched some numbers, looked at some pictures, reminisced about festivals and favorite restaurants, and came down to a top 10 list that's sure to knock your socks off. That thrilling list is:

1. City of Charlottesville
2. City of Alexandria
3. Arlington CDP

4. Sterling CDP

5. City of Richmond
6. City of Fairfax
7. City of Fredericksburg
8. City of Harrisonburg
9. City of Norfolk
10. City of Winchester

Surprised? We sure were. Besides this writer's temporary hometown of Lynchburg not making the list, we would never have expected Charlottesville to sit pretty at No. 1. But the numbers don't lie, and we did this all completely by those numbers.

If you're curious where big places like Virginia Beach and Roanoke ranked (they both did quite well), you can check the bottom or the article to see our full list. But we'll bet you're wondering how we got these zaney numbers, right? Well wonder no more, we're about to go over all that in the very next section.

How We Created This Ranking

First, we made a list of the most populated places in the state, which was 46 places in this case. Then we looked to the 2010 U.S. Census and local business listings to get data for our excitement-measuring criteria:

  • Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
  • Live music venues per capita
  • Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
  • Arts and Entertainment per capita (movie theaters, festivals, galleries, theaters, etc.)
  • Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better, because fast food is boring)
  • Percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the higher the better)
  • Percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better)

There were a few places that didn't have all the data we needed, so those were left out of the list. If you don't find your city here, that might be the reason.

Then, we ranked each place in each category from one to 46, with one being the best. We averaged each place's scores into one Big Deal Score, and the place with the average score closest to one ended up being our most exciting spot.


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