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Best Places To Live In Virginia 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score87
  • Short Pump, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,099
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  • Purcellville, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,914
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  • Kingstowne, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,779
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  • Merrifield, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,000
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  • Vienna, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,378
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  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 449,733
  • The city and rental property squeeze every penny out of you they can with taxes and fees and the exuberant cost to rent. To pay rent here you have to make $20.00 an hour. But the labor jobs here most pay
83
  • Leesburg, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 49,401
  • I live in northern Virginia currently. Every year for the past 19 years, I have visited Leesburg, VA twice a year. The purpose of my visit was to explore the outlet malls, stay in the local bed and
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  • Blacksburg, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 43,973
  • Impressions from a Yankee: Nice college vibe, lovely little town. A block or two off the main drag the downtown disappears. Big box stores are pushed a few miles south to the next burg where the working
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  • Centreville, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 73,084
  • I have lived in Centreville, VA for the past several years. The key thing that attracted me to relocate to this city was its close proximity to Washington D.C. Located just 20 miles outside Washington
83
  • Innsbrook, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,707
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  • Fairfax, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,620
  • Then do not come to the northern Virginia area. Let me first start by saying, if you have money and don't mind traffic (we do have the best sports radio in the country, Go Skins!) then Fairfax is a great
83
  • Warrenton, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,880
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  • Fair Oaks, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,478
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  • Arlington, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 226,092
  • Our home straddles the Clarendon-Courthouse and Ballston-Virginia Square neighborhoods. We moved here in the 1990s. Back then, there were still lots of small mom and pop shops that used to be private
82
  • Salem, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,290
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  • Franconia, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,935
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  • Springfield, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,952
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  • Chantilly, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,312
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  • Manassas Park, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,827
  • I have lived in Manassas Park for 4 years now and find it extremely pleasant. The community is extremely diverse and it help if you speak a bit of Spanish, but the neighbors are all really nice and we
81
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,988
  • There are many nice attributes: a number of individually owned and really good (but pricey) restaurants; cultural offerings; good shopping; close proximity (20 miles) to all that Newport News offers, and
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  • Manchester, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,927
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  • Ashburn, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 49,692
  • 2 years ago I lived in Ashburn Virginia. Despite loving it there I had to move for a job relocation. Ashburn was my favorite place to live not just because of the aesthetic beauty but because of the
81
  • Lexington, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,036
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  • Cave Spring, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,719
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  • Bridgewater, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,906
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  • Alexandria, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 151,473
  • Alexandria is as bad as Oakland California. The only difference is that they have made it legal to steal here. If you are not white and have a lot of money you are targeted by the police who ticket and
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  • Annandale, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 43,158
  • Annandale, Virginia is a medium sized city located in the northern most top of the state. I moved to Annandale for a job about five years ago and have enjoyed the slow paced atmosphere, the warm weather
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  • Falls Church, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,597
  • I grew up in this little city just outside Washington DC and have lived here most of my life. It is a very transient area. It is very safe and known for its quality schools but as far as I am concerned
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  • Loudoun Valley Estates, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,109
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  • Huntington, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,032
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  • Newington, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,583
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  • Staunton, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,234
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  • Reston, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 60,070
  • When I visited Reston from nearby Falls Church, Virginia, I felt that I was in an idyllic city. Its streets are safe to walk around in and are very, very clean. Visiting Restons' restaurants is a gourmet
80
  • Winchester, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,349
  • If you are rich, white, old, retired, and married, this is the place for you. If you are a minority who accepts white supremacy and don't mind being patronized, ostracized, and discriminated against,
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  • Abingdon, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,117
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  • McLean, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 48,867
  • I found as a kid and when I brought my family back as an adult, McLean. Virginia is the ideal city to live and experience. Being one of the model cities within Northern Virginia's Fairfax County,
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  • West Springfield, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,028
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  • Hollymead, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,411
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  • Belmont, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,710
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  • Pimmit Hills, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,511
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  • Fair Lakes, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,829
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  • Harrisonburg, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,979
  • There's decent shopping here, if you like big box stores, if you want a variety you can find a little bit of it downtown. There are some really great restaurants, such as Clementine's downtown.
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  • Suffolk, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 87,061
  • I visited Suffolk, VA for two weeks in 2007 with my spouse. Suffolk is a great city with plenty to do. Those who enjoy the beach life will be thrilled with Suffolk. Historical enthusiasts will be
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  • Crozet, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,620
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  • Bailey's Crossroads, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,169
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  • Culpeper, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,565
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  • Bull Run, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,274
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  • Lansdowne, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,742
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  • West Falls Church, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,059
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  • Burke Centre, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,130

Virginia: The Old Dominion

The Commonwealth of Virginia has something for every taste and lifestyle. Its proximity to the District of Columbia makes it an ideal location for government employees, politicians and tourists to the Nation’s Capital. Virginia’s central Mideastern location makes it just a day’s drive away from 50 percent of the United States’ population. The state boasts some of the lowest unemployment and best education in the country, so it’s a great place for young professionals, entrepreneurs and families to call home.

Virginia has a varied climate but moderate topography for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, with the Appalachian Mountains, several scenic rivers and vast coastal lands comprising much of the state. From shopping at the Galleria in Tysons Corner, to NASCAR racing in Richmond, to touring antebellum plantations and vineyards, to skiing at Massanutten, to white water rafting on the James River to surfing in Virginia Beach, there is something in Virginia for everyone.

Virginia has 3 of the top 40 colleges in the country with University of Virginia in Charlottesville, the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, so it’s a fantastic place for students. Residing in proximity to these universities is ideal for stable job growth and home values. And several of these colleges are set in picturesque locales, such as the University of Virginia, which was designed by Thomas Jefferson and placed against a backdrop of Fall’s most colorful display of autumn leaves in the mountainside.

Loudoun County in the Northwestern tip of the state is ranked as one of the best places in Virginia to raise a family. Much of the population from Fairfax County has been pushed further out into suburban Loudoun County towns such as Leesburg, Ashburn and Purcellville in the past few decades. Despite this rapid growth spurt, Loudoun County has managed to retain much of its rural farmland and small town essence while having an excellent education rating, a low crime rate and well-performing employment numbers.

Arlington is one of the best places in the country to live. Despite a higher housing cost than the national average, its household income ranks one of the highest in the country and its home values are steady. If you are looking for a more urban setting with abundant access to amenities such as shopping, restaurants and Washington, DC, Arlington may be the place for you.

If coastal living is your style, Virginia Beach or the Tidewater region may be your speed. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, this resort town brings tourism as well as a large military presence. As a result, the employment numbers are good and household income is higher than the national average.

Virginia is for lovers, and everyone loves Virginia. There are more than 8.4 million residents living in Virginia, and this number is rapidly growing. If you are considering relocation to the state and but you are not sure where the best places to live in Virginia are, check out our list. We can help you to narrow and sort your search to find the best place to live to suit your budget, needs and lifestyle.