Midlothian, Virginia

History buffs will love Midlothian, a suburb located 14 miles from Richmond. The city is home to 10 historic landmarks, including the Dinwiddie County Pullman Car — an all-steel railcar built in 1926 — and Hallsborough Tavern, an 18th century inn. Both are listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

For faster-paced fun, there’s Windy Hills Sports, an entertainment complex boasting mini-golf, batting cages and go-karts. There’s even a lush “footgolf” course where soccer and golf combine — just kick the ball into each of the 18 holes, and try to beat par.

Midlothian’s 8.2% unemployment rate was well below the national average in June, which clocked in at 11.1% for the same period thanks to COVID-19. Since 2015, employment has jumped 11% in the city, and it’s expected to rise another 3% by 2025. Amazon (which has several warehouses in the area) and the city’s Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital are two of the city’s major employers. — Aly J. Yale

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