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 cities that made the list of most affordable cities in this state 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.
Residents of the capital of Virginia enjoy reasonable housing costs, not to mention below average transportation costs. Richmond is home to eight Fortune 500 companies and countless other major employers.
A wide variety of housing types are available in city, suburban, and rural locations, and there are more than a few unique neighborhoods, including Church Hill and the Fan District, the latter one of the largest designated historic residential areas in the United States. Residents also enjoy easy access to the nation’s capital and several other major cities, as well as beaches and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The climate offers four distinct seasons, though winters are notably mild, thanks to the waters of Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Richmond also features more than its share of exceptionally walkable neighborhoods, in particular those in the vicinity of Virginia Commonwealth University.