Best Place to raise kids in Virginia: Ashland
Nearby city: Richmond
Median family income: $57,832
Ashland was founded in 1858 in Hanover County, about 15 miles north of Richmond. It is home to Randolph-Macon College, one of the highest-ranked small liberal arts colleges in the South, which offers residents many cultural experiences, such as concerts, theater, and lectures. The town's historic district is a fine example of Victorian architecture, and every June is the Ashland Strawberry Festival.