Best Towns to Live in Virginia 2016

VirginiaVirginia was the first English colony established in the New World. Its name comes from Queen Elizabeth of England who was referred to as the “Virgin Queen,” and it is located in the South Atlantic region. Eight United States presidents were born in Virginia, and people often call it “Mother of Presidents.” Although its capital is in Richmond, the largest city is Virginia Beach. If you’re looking to move, here are the best towns in Virginia.

Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth , happiness  and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in Virginia. Ranked below are the top towns. 

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#1 Charlottesville 

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Charlottesville is an independent city in the center of Virginia with a population of 44,505. The town has a low unemployment rate at 3%, and most of the populace have at least some college eduction. Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia, which provides much of that educated populace.

#2 Winchester 

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Winchester is an independent city located in northern Virginia. It has a population of 27,031. The town has a 4.6% unemployment rate, which is below the national average. The median home value is above the national average at $219,700. Winchester is home to many historical sites and the location of Shenandoah University.

#3 Blacksburg

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Located in Montgomery County, Blacksburg is home to 43,204 residents. The unemployment rate in Blacksburg is lower than the national average at 4.2%. The unemployment rate is benefited by the highly educated residents, with 69% of them having at least a bachelor’s degree.

#4 Radford

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Radford is an independent city with a population of 16,993, and it is located in western Virginia. The town has a 4% unemployment rate, which is below the national average. The residents are well educated with 88% of them having at least a high school diploma. Radford is benefited by being the location of Radford University.

#5 Christiansburg 

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A town located in Montgomery County, Christiansburg is home to 21,427 residents. The town has a very low unemployment rate at 2.4%, and the poverty rate is low as well at 12.8%. These low rates are positive signs for the towns economy.

#6 Harrisonburg 

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Harrisonburg is an independent city located in central Virginia, and it has a population of 50,821. The unemployment rate is low at 4.1%. The town is home to George Madison University.

#7 Front Royal 

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Located in Warren County, Front Royal has a population of 14,709. The poverty rate here is below the national average at 14.3%. The median house value in Front Royal is $168,800. For residents who enjoy the outdoors, the South Fork Shenandoah River runs through the town.

#8 Lexington

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Lexington is an independent state located in western Virginia. It has a population of 7,114. The unemployment rate is low at 3.4%. The houses have maintained their value as the median home value sits above the national average at $248,900.

#9 Roanoke 

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Roanoke is an independent city located in central Virginia with a population of 97,949. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 5.3%. Roanoke is home to the Mill Mountain Zoo.

#10 Staunton

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Located in central Virginia, Staunton is an independent city with a population of 24,132. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 4%. Staunton provides residents with activities that range from shopping to clean outdoor parks.

#11 Culpeper

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A town in Culpeper County, Culpeper has a population of 16,968. Both the poverty rate and the unemployment rate are below the national average. Increased income allows residents to upkeep their homes, which puts the median home value above the national average at $190,800.

#12 Bristol

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Bristol is an independent city located in western Virginia. It has a population of 17,595. The median rent cost in Bristol is $635. The residents of Bristol, VA share a border with Bristol, TN.

#13 Lynchburg 

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Lynchburg is an independent city that can be found in central Virginia, and it has a population of 77,626. 61% of the residents here have at least some college education. Lynchburg provides residents with an urban setting along the James River.

#14 Waynesboro 

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Located in central Virginia, Waynesboro is an independent city with a population of 21,177. The town has an unemployment rate of 4.8%, which is below the national average. Waynesboro is split by the South River for residents who enjoy the outdoors.

#15 Big Stone Gap

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Big Stone Gap is located in Wise County and has a population of 5,559. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 4.5%. Big Stone Gap provides a beautiful outdoor environment along the Powell River.

#16 Galax

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Galax is an independent city located in southern Virginia with a population of 6,981. The median rent in Galax is $531. This town is great for people who enjoy hiking as the town’s website states that it is the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

#17 Pulaski 

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Located in Pulaski County, Pulaski has a population of 8,993. The unemployment rate in the town is low at 4.1%, and the median rent cost is $574. Pulaski is within driving distance of Claytor Lake for outdoor activities.

#18 Wytheville

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A town located in Wythe County, Wytheville is home to 8,193 people. The median home value in Wytheville is $164,600. The town is located in the mountains and has many trails and other outdoor activities.

#19 Smithfield 

Located in Isle of Wight County, Smithfield has a population of 8,159. The poverty rate here is below the national average at 13.9%. The community is built by its homeowners, who make up 70.8% of the town.

#20 Farmville

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Farmville is located in Prince Edward County, and it has a population of 8,350. The median home value in Farmville is $168,300. Farmville maintains many parks for outdoor activities.

#21 Danville

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Danville is an independent city located in southern Virginia with a population of 42,704. The median rent costs in Danville is low at $595. Danville is located on the Dan River and has plenty of shopping centers for residents.

#22 Covington

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Located in western Virginia, Covington has a population of 5,853. The unemployment rate here is extremely low at 2.7%. 75.1% of the residents in Covington are homeowners as these longterm residents help build this community.

#23 Buena Vista

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Buena Vista is an independent city located in central Virginia, and it has a population of 6,683. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 4.5%. Buena Vista is home to Southern Virginia University.

#24 Bedford

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Located in Bedford County, Bedford is home to 6,508 residents. The median rent cost in Bedford is $651. Bedford is located within the Blue Ridge Mountains, providing many outdoor activities.

#25 Martinsville

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Martinsville is an independent city in southern Virginia. It has a population of 13,745. The median home value in the town is $85,800, and the median rent cost is $593. Martinsville Speedway is located here for NASCAR fans.

#26 Portsmouth

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Located in eastern Virginia, Portsmouth has a population of 96,007. The median rent price is $967, and the median home value is $173,700. Portsmouth is a beautiful port at the end of the Elizabeth River.

#27 Richlands

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Located in Tazewell County, Richlands has a population of 5,698. The town has a low unemployment rate at 4.1%. For people looking to join a community of home owners, 65.1% of the residents in Richlands own their home.

#28 South Boston

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South Boston is located in Halifax County and has a population of 8,069. The median rent cost in South Boston is $553. The town has the benefit of being bordered by the Dan River.

#29 Franklin

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Flanklin is an independent city located in southern Virginia, and it has a population of 8,534. The median home value here is $170,900, which is near the national average for home owners.

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