Best Affordable Place in Virginia: Goochland County

Population: 21,398
Median family income: $86,023
Households spending more than 30 percent income on housing: 28 percent
Unemployment: 6 percent
Adult population with bachelor's degrees: 27.6 percent
Major cities: Goochland, Maidens

The population of Goochland County has grown rapidly in the last few decades. The population in 2009 was 21,311, about 26 percent above that in 2000, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates—partly a result of its proximity to Richmond in the east. Goochland is affordable, well-located, and free of the hustle of city and suburban traffic, according to the Goochland County Public Schools website.
 
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