Modest housing costs in Virginia’s biggest and best cities make the Commonwealth especially attractive to prospective residents
The Commonwealth of Virginia is nicknamed the "Mother of Presidents" as eight U.S. presidents have been born there, more than any other state. And though the state may be relatively small—it’s the thirty-fifth largest and twelfth most populous—it features five distinct geographic regions, giving the state broad appeal across a wide range of demographics. In other words, whether you want to live in a big city or rural area, or prefer the beach or the mountains, there’s something for everyone in Virginia.
The most affordable cities are not necessarily the cheapest cities in Virginia, but are carefully chosen based upon budget-friendly and quality-of-life data points, in order to offer residents the best possible combination of livability and affordability.
Like Roanoke, residents of the capital of Virginia enjoy reasonable housing costs, not to mention below average transportation costs. The median home value is $195,000, which is lower than the state average and something of a revelation, especially when one considers that Richmond is home to eight Fortune 500 companies and countless other major employers.