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Best Places to Retire in Virginia

Best Places to Retire in Virginia
Do you want to retire in Virginia? Below are our recommendations for the best places to retire in Virginia. Click on the destination links to find area description and characteristics, area amenities and things to do, climate and weather, housing options, cost of living, senior assistance, area demographics and job & volunteer opportunities.

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retire in Charlottesville & Albemarle CountyCharlottesville & Albemarle County, Virginia - Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville & Albemarle County is an idyllic place to visit and live! Home to Thomas Jefferson, the area is steeped in history and tradition.


retire in Bedford CountyBedford County, Virginia - Founded in 1754, Bedford County is rich with human and natural history. Located partially in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the area ranges from 4,200 feet in elevations down to Smith Mountain Lake, which has the largest shoreline in the state exceeding 500 miles. One of the major attractions is the National D-Day Memorial which pays tribute to the fallen soldiers of this great WWII battle.

retire in Nelson CountyNelson County, Virginia - Located in the geographic center of the state, Nelson County is approximately two hours from Richmond, three hours from Washington, D.C. and four hours from Charlotte, North Carolina. The elevation ranges from about 500 feet above sea level near the James River to more than 4,000 feet in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


retire in Fairfax CountyFairfax County, Virginia - Fairfax County, a thriving business center located just west of Washington, D.C., is a great place to live, work and do business. Fairfax County is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, the county's population exceeds that of eight states and the District of Columbia.

retire in Historic Smithfield/Isle of Wight CountyHistoric Smithfield/Isle of Wight County, Virginia - Smithfield has many of the charms associated with Hampton Roads communities, including 18th & 19th Century architecture, a revitalized historic downtown, and all the character of a former colonial seaport. According to the Virginia Landmarks Register, Smithfield is “perhaps the best preserved of Virginia’s Colonial seaports.

retire in Tazewell CountyTazewell County, Virginia - Located in the heart of the Appalachians, this Blue Ridge Mountain county is breathtakingly beautiful, with clean air, low light pollution, low cost of living and the friendliest people on earth!

retire in Shenandoah CountyShenandoah County, Virginia - Shenandoah County is home to six historic towns all located like a string of pearls along U.S. Route 11, a scenic Virginia Byway. It offers hospitality, beautiful Mountain views, and the best of Main Street America. You'll find unique shops and diverse dining options in Strasburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock, Edinburg, Mount Jackson and New Market.

retire in Greater CharlottesvilleGreater Charlottesville, Virginia - Greater Charlottesville consistently ranks among the top communities in the nation. Among numerous accolades, Charlottesville was selected by Frommer's "Cities Ranked & Rated" as "The Best Place to Live" in America; "Best Place to Live" -- Money; "Best Place to Relocate" -- Relocate America; "Top Places to Retire" -- Kiplinger; and many more.

retire in RadfordRadford, Virginia - Bordered on three sides by the New River, and neatly tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Radford features an achingly picturesque setting for a diverse and charming array of activities.

retire in Rockingham CountyRockingham County, Virginia - Harrisonburg is an independent city in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 48,914.[11] Harrisonburg is the county seat of Rockingham County,[12] although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Harrisonburg with Rockingham County for statistical purposes.

retire in Smith Mountain LakeSmith Mountain Lake, Virginia - Located in central Virginia along the Blue Ridge Mountains, Smith Mountain Lake is considered to be the Jewel of the Blue Ridge. It is equidistant from Roanoke and Lynchburg. Only a 4-hour drive southwest of Washington D.C. and two hours north of Raleigh, NC, at Smith Mountain Lake you'll find wonderful places and people.

retire in NorfolkNorfolk, Virginia - Nor-fok, or Naw-fok, no matter how you pronounce it, the experience will always be the same: fun, vibrant entertainment and culture, delicious cuisine and 144 miles of shoreline waiting to be explored! With the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic ocean and countless rivers in our backyard, you are never far from the water; you can experience intense watersports, leisurely sails, or simply enjoy the view from your hotel room. Take a tour of the Elizabeth River harbor on a majestic tall ship, sip on some of the best wines around at Mermaid Winery, Virginia’s very first urban winery, or watch world-renowned artists blow glass at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. If history is your thing, sign up for a boat or land tour of the world’s largest Naval Base, stop by the MacArthur Memorial, or walk the Cannonball Trail.


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