What is it like to live in Richmond, VA?
It’s actually quite nice. After growing up here, I moved to Northern Virginia for five years. In those five years, I made long commutes, paid out my nose for a tiny apartment, and getting anywhere was a struggle that just ate up my time. Food and drinks were expensive, and home ownership seemed like an impossible goal for those not interested in owning a condo or townhome.
Richmond is the opposite of that. Life is easier here. Traffic is barely an issue compared to up north, and my commute is now only 15 minutes. Buying a house is a possibility for people in their 20’s, and while there aren’t as many huge companies here like Northern VA, you can still get a pretty good job.
Best of all, there’s still stuff to do! Richmond is full of craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries, and the local restaurant scene is top notch (while remaining completely reasonable in price). There’s also a ton of outdoorsy things to do, especially down by the James River, with people hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, trail running or just hanging out on the rocks soaking up the sun. Downtown around VCU, the city is full of hipsters and could be seen as a smaller, east-coast version of Portland, OR or Austin, TX.
The other huge advantage of Richmond is its geography. The city is in the center of the state, making day trips to places like mountains or to the beach possible. While traffic can get really bad going north, if you leave early enough and come back late enough, you can make DC or Baltimore a day trip as well.
While it may not be a big city, it is still full of life and a fantastic place to live.