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Best Places To Live In Virginia 2021

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score93
  • Short Pump, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,099
  • I have been living in Short Pump, Va for almost 11 years. It's a picturesque little suburb of Richmond with a low crime rate and some of the best schools in this part of the country. After having lived…[read more]
90
  • Brandermill, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,616
  • I love Virginia and Brandermill is the perfect place for us to live. Out here on the southwest side of Richmond, we are far enough out to have a country feel and at the same time are close enough to take…[read more]
90
  • Manchester, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,927
  • Living in Manchester, VA city has made me experience the best kind of lifestyle ever. The area is entirely the best to settle, there are a few neighborhood activities, but still, it’s a very fantastic…[read more]
89
  • Woodlake, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,172
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  • Neabsco, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,038
  • Living in Neabsco, Virginia is truly all that I've dreamed about. Growing up in a small town in North Carolina, I always felt out of place living so far south. Not only was I not into things that my…[read more]
88
  • Merrifield, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,000
  • Merrifield, VA is one of those places you just don't find any more. Breathtaking, unspoiled nature and scenery, wonderful people everywhere you go, great schools, easy-to-find housing, a healthy job…[read more]
88
  • Rockwood, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,882
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  • Hollins, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,488
  • I lived in Hollins when I went to college there. It is a suburb of Roanoke, Va. and a beautiful place to live. Everything you would need, as far as shopping, is near as well as the Roanoke Airport.…[read more]
87
  • Fair Oaks, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,478
  • Fair Oaks is a town with lots of quaint attractions that you'll find interesting if you love if you and your friends are history buffs. One of the main sites in the city is Shaker Village of Pleasant…[read more]
87
  • Kingstowne, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,779
  • I live in Kingstowne, Virginia and I can say that this area is very pleasant. My family and I initially chose Kingstown, because we needed to be closer to Washington, D.C. for an easy to commute to my…[read more]
87
  • Cave Spring, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,719
  • Cave Spring, Virginia is a small community close to Roanoke that I have lived in for more than 12 years. The area that surrounds me is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Everything a…[read more]
86
  • Countryside, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,472
  • It would be pretty impossible to find a more perfect spot to call home than Countryside, Virginia. As a resident of this lovely little place for the past decade, I can say unequivocally that this is one…[read more]
86
  • Lake Barcroft, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,851
86
  • Tuckahoe, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 47,997
  • Three years ago I moved from Tuckahoe, VA to New York. I absolutely loved Tuckahoe. It still remains to be my home. I am making a point to return soon with my family. I loved almost everything about…[read more]
86
  • Bon Air, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,957
  • Bon Air has a variety of fun activities that you and your loved ones will enjoy. The area is also known of its quality restaurants, so you can take friends out for a great meal while they're in town. …[read more]
85
  • Buckhall, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,218
  • What can I say, Virginia is for lovers! I have meet the woman of my life, found a great high paying position here in NOVA, and my best friend just moved to Springfield. Life couldn't be any better living…[read more]
85
  • Aquia Harbour, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,530
85
  • Broadlands, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,872
  • Broadlands is How Planned Communities Should Be Done We were among the first families to settle in the Broadlands community when it was incorporated in '95. Some might say that the cost of living in…[read more]
85
  • 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,…[read more]
85
  • Lansdowne, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,742
  • Living in Lansdowne, VA is expensive but for right reason. Living in Lansdowne will cost you almost 40% more than any other place in VA. But, I’m not kidding when I say everything here is literally…[read more]
84
  • Newington, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,583
  • As I have grown to learn more in my elderly years, the term home is where the heart is rings more true now than ever. If ever I have loved a city with all of my heart, Newington would be that city. A…[read more]
84
  • Brambleton, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,063
  • Welcome to the D.C. Metro area! As one of the most popular locations in entire world, you will definitely find your new home here in Brambleton. Virginia is known for being an excellent place to do…[read more]
84
  • Idylwood, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,921
  • I experienced great hometown life while living in Idlywood Virginia. The quaint town is off of Interstate 66 in Fairfax County. The Idlywood area provides prestigious schools with above-par academic…[read more]
84
  • Covington, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,650
84
  • Glen Allen, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,524
  • I relocated here to Glen Allen, Virginia over three years ago and thus far the experience has been good. Glen Allen, is a suburb of Richmond which makes it easy for me to commute to work. My commute to…[read more]
84
  • Kings Park West, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,925
  • I've visited the city of Kings Park West, Virginia and love its simplicity. The residents are very ethnically diverse in this city. This state is well known for being a pretty city. With the cost of…[read more]
84
  • Burke Centre, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,130
  • If you can get past the Northern Virginia traffic, then I assure you that you will enjoy what our suburbs have to offer. Here we have a place called Burke Centre, and I promise you I never heard of it…[read more]
84
  • Abingdon, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,117
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  • South Riding, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,073
  • We've been living in South Riding for almost ten years now, and we quickly realized that it is a superb choice for raising a family. The local school system is very well taken care of and there are many…[read more]
84
  • 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…[read more]
83
  • Cascades, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,205
  • It's experienced beautiful parks while living in Cascades Virginia. The beautiful natural scenery of this small town is captivating. Cascades has lots of friendly people that create a close-knit…[read more]
83
  • Floris, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,876
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  • Newington Forest, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,262
  • Newington Forest is a fascinating city in Fairfax County. It offers a residential and commercial layout. The town holds about 12,000 residents at the average age of 37. The unemployment is down 3.20%…[read more]
83
  • Franconia, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,935
  • I experienced a great lifestyle while living in Franconia Virginia. The city is located in Fairfax County Virginia. Franconia is close to Alexandria and just north of Fort Belvoir, a US Army facility.…[read more]
83
  • McNair, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,983
  • I've been living in McNair Virginia for 8 years and have raised my three kids here with my wife and love the small-town atmosphere and the educated close-knit community of neighbors that I have grown to…[read more]
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  • Arlington, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 226,092
  • First off, a $100k+ salary here is the same as a $40k salary in an average US city. This is one of the few places where someone with a graduate degree from an ivy league school needs to work a 2nd or 3rd…[read more]
83
  • Oakton, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 36,748
  • I've been in Oakton going on five years, and it is a fantastic choice. It's close enough to Mclean and Washington that there are a lot of opportunities for education and business available, especially if…[read more]
83
  • Ettrick, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,586
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  • Huntington, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,032
  • Living in Huntington has been an overall fantastic experience. Not only is this place perfect to raise a family, its perfect for single individuals who are looking for a small town to get comfortable in.…[read more]
82
  • 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…[read more]
82
  • 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…[read more]
82
  • Lake Ridge, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 44,685
  • The thing I love most about living in Lake Ridge is the beautiful scenic environment. I really enjoy sitting by water at the Occoquan reservoir and watching the birds. Virginia is so wonderful during the…[read more]
82
  • Fort Lee, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,091
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  • Falmouth, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,018
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  • Staunton, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,234
  • This is the place to live. Living in Staunton, Virginia is absolutely breathtaking. During the day I get the pleasure of working in an incredible place and in the evening, I can take in the serenity of…[read more]
82
  • Loudoun Valley Estates, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,109
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  • West Springfield, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,028
  • Living in West Springfield might be expensive, but the city has a lot to offer and the price tag is justified. Due to its close proximity to Washington DC, there are a lot of opportunities for work in…[read more]
82
  • Salem, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,290
  • Years ago my hometown called me back home and I can say that living here in Salem, Virginia is the best choice that I have made for my family and I. Located in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but…[read more]
81
  • Gainesville, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,269
  • Gainesville is conveniently near 66, about 30 minutes from DC if no traffic. It has more space than DC, since its on the outlier of the suburbs. Lots of traffic comes up from Culpeper and locations in…[read more]
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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…[read more]

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.