'America's Best Small Towns': Three NoVa towns make the cut
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Despite the crippling traffic in Northern Virginia, a few of its towns have made CNN Money's list of "America's Best Small Towns." Leesburg ranked 4th, Herndon 34th, and Oakton 36th. Two nearby Maryland towns also made the cut: Montgomery Village (40th) and Crofton (82nd).
“True, commutes can be abysmal,"CNN Money's Pieter van Noordennen writes about Leesburg. "But residents say that the tradeoff to live in this pretty town, which has seen more history than a Ken Burns film, is worth it. Many antebellum red-brick buildings still stand, now filled with restaurants and art galleries. On the negative side, there are some run-down neighborhoods."
Several other Virginia towns made CNN's "Rich and Single" list: Tyson's Corner, where 32.1 percent are single and median family income falls at $143,749, ranked 2nd; Arlington was 7th (42.1 percent, $119,427) Herndon was 20th (33.2 percent, $102,758); and Alexandria was 23rd (38.6 percent, $100,957).
As much as money matters, I'm skeptical of a list that disregards how much gridlock traffic affects our mental health. All those wealthy loners in Tyson's are probably too busy commuting to have time for dating.
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