When it comes to living in Virginia, people have lots of choices: the mountains or the beach, urban or rural, big city or small town? When taken as a whole, however, some places are better than others when looking at the data. If you are looking for the best place to live in the state, you can look in your own backyard: Salem, Virginia.
Salem was recently named the Best City to Live in Virginia by the website CreditDonkey.com. This is not some listicle based on casual observations; the rankings were based on data from five key considerations: violent crime, commuting, income, college education, and restaurants per capita.
Nearby Christiansburg took the number two spot, but no one topped Salem.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
Salem is bordered by the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains, offering spectacular views for those who call it home. If crime is a concern, you won’t find a safer city on our list, and the average commute time here is among the shortest. Residents can take in the area’s natural beauty at local attractions like Natural Bridge, Dixie Caverns, and Smith Mountain Lake.