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Best Places To Live In Virginia 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score88
  • 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
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  • Purcellville, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,914
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  • Innsbrook, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,707
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  • Woodlake, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,172
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  • Cascades, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,205
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  • Floris, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,876
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  • Greenbriar, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,568
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  • 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
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  • 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
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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
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  • 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
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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
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  • Rose Hill, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,968
  • Absolute positive experiences for me living in Rose Hill, Va. One of the better cities to raise kids. Entails an incredible school system, low crime and an excellent employment rate. Compared to other
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  • 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
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  • Countryside, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,472
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  • 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
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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
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  • Vienna, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,378
  • Accessibility would be the best word to describe Vienna, Virginia. This bedroom community of Washington, D.C. is an ideal suburban location for D.C. commuters because of its central location on the
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  • Loudoun Valley Estates, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,109
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • Falmouth, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,018
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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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Dunn Loring, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,397
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Mechanicsville, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,201
  • I have been living in Mechanicsville, VA for over 10 years while working in Richmond, and I just love it. It is a short commute, but what a difference from coming from a large city to a small town
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  • 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
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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
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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
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  • 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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  • 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
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  • Rockwood, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,882
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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
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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
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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.
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  • Pimmit Hills, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,511
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  • Mantua, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,497
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  • Lake Barcroft, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,851
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  • Fort Hunt, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,182
  • Nestled right beside the mighty Potomac River, living in Fort Hunt is an experience unique to itself. No area of northern Virginia is the same, I am guessing that is why most in other parts of the state
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  • Wyndham, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,097
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  • 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
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  • Lansdowne, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,742
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  • Warrenton, VA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,880
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  • 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

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.