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20 Reasons Why Small Town Virginia Is Actually The Best Place To Grow Up

Growing up in a small town in Virginia has its advantages…and its disadvantages. You’re always the last to see the latest movies. Your local department store (if you’re lucky enough to have a Peeble’s or Belk’s) is usually the last to get the latest fashions. There’s no such thing as “personal business.” And don’t even think about getting a bad grade, because parent-teacher conferences are just as likely to happen at the super market or church potluck as they are at the school.

But, if you DID grow up in a small town, then you know that, really, it might just be the best thing that could have happened to you. There’s something to be said for living in a place where everybody knows your name (and your parents’ name and your dog’s name and the name of the last boy you went out with). And while many small towns around the country share similar experiences, you have to admit, if you’re going to be from a small town, a small town in Virginia is the best kind to be from.

The best thing about small towns in Virginia is that they’re not just in one part of the state. Small towns can be found everywhere from Northern Virginia to Southwestern Virginia, over to Southside and east to the Tidewater. If you grew up in a small Virginia town, let us know if we left any of your favorite things off the list. We would love to hear what you have to say in the comments below!

Anna Strock
Virginia staff writer for Only in Your State, freelance writer and journalist. Even though Anna has lived other places, somehow Virginia is where she always seems to land.