Two kids feed a giraffe at the zoo in Chesterfield County, Virginia
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Chesterfield County, Virginia

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County: Chesterfield
Nearest big city: Richmond

A 30-minute drive outside of Richmond, Chesterfield County has top-notch public schools and is attracting new residents faster than Virginia overall.

That’s no surprise — Chesterfield’s unemployment rate was just 4.3% in June. Glassmaker Aldora is set to open a 81,000 square foot plant in the county next year, bringing approximately 75 jobs. The area saw a 10% increase in jobs from 2015 to 2020.

Despite these advantages, the county has remained relatively affordable. The median home price in 2020 was $310,000. And Chesterfield County’s award-winning public school system boasts an impressive 96% daily attendance rate.

The county is eyeing a historic $25 million investment into its public parks (funded by the American Rescue Plan), citing the increased importance of outdoor spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bordered by the James and Appomattox rivers, it’s a perfect place for those who love the outdoors, boating and fishing. Ana Lucia Murillo

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Sources: Population and median household income provided by Synergos Technologies Inc.; unemployment rate (by county) provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and median home price provided by ATTOM Data Solutions.

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