Rankings & Acclaim

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accoladesWhat’s the secret to Staunton’s success? Vision. We believe that economic strength, resilience, and attractiveness to future investment is built around a thoughtful, holistic strategy that weaves together economic development, placemaking, and livability.

Winning high praise for decades of urban revitalization from everyone from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to Virginia Living magazine, Staunton is clearly on a roll:


  • "The Next Great Mountain Towns” Blue Ridge Outdoors
  • “The 15 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America” Architectural Digest
  • "23 Best Small Town Main Streets in America" Country Living Magazine


  • “Best Main Streets” USA Today
  • “Equal parts mountain-sports destination and culture capital” Outside Magazine
  • “America's Favorite Places” Travel + Leisure
  • “A surprising foodie destination” Philly Magazine


  • “Best Small Places for Business & Careers” Forbes
  • “Great Small Towns” Washingtonian
  • “Best Small Cities in America” Nerdwallet
  • “Best Places For Veterans” USAA and Hiring Our Heroes®


  • “America’s Best Main Streets” Huffington Post
  • “America’s Favorite Mountain Towns” Travel + Leisure
  • “Fastest Growing Cities in Virginia” Nerdwallet


  • “Great Places in America” American Planning Association
  • “Small Towns We Love” Southern Living
  • “Best Small Towns In America” Smithsonian