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 afordable 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.
Nicknamed “The Star City of the South,” Roanoke has developed a reputation as a great place to live among both young and old alike. There are more than 20 colleges and universities within a 60-mile radius of the city, and countless graduates choose to settle here, which explains why the largest segment of the population is between 25 and 29 years old. The well-educated workforce makes the city an attractive place to do business, and unemployment has remained well below the national average for at least five years running.
But affordable housing is arguably the biggest drawing card. Combine that with a temperate climate (the average annual temperature is 57 degrees) and a plethora of things to do (especially if you’re a lover of the great outdoors), and it’s no wonder that Livability recently named Roanoke one of the 10 best places to retire too.