The City of Salem has been named the 4th best city in Virginia for young families, this according to Nerd Wallet, a consumer based research group. The group takes into account various factors, such as the school system, cost of living, and economic conditions. Salem was the highest city on the list in southwest Virginia, and in fact was the only city in the top 9 of the list that is not just outside of the Washington DC or Richmond area. According to the report, Salem was selected so high specifically because homeownership is extremely affordable, with an average price of $166,200, as well as the fantastic mountain views and colors they provide, and finally, it was referred to as “by far the most budget friendly city on the list.”
The only three cities that ranked ahead of Salem were Glen Allen, a suburb of Richmond, as well as Vienna and Fairfax, which are both on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., in Northern Virginia.
For more information on this study, please visit Nerd Wallet’s complete analysis at http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/2013/best-cities-virginia-young-families/