Located in the heart of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Augusta County lies on the state's mountainous western edge. Formed in the early 18th Century, its rich history has left behind scores of restored country houses on pristine farmland. If newer, modern houses are your preference, a plethora of 3- and 4-bedroom homes in some of the county's larger towns, such as Stuarts Draft and Fishersville, are popping up at affordable prices.
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Augusta County is defined by easy country living, just outside the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Residents of West Augusta and Deerfield can find hiking trails through the mountains or creeks to fish in practically in their back yards. In the eastern part of the county, those living in Fishersville or Stuarts Draft have a very short drive to Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia, complete with the culture and small-town charm of a southern university city. With a housing density of 28 per square mile, Augusta County is a perfect place for a family who wants to have plenty of room to expand. Noisy neighbors are rarely a problem in such a spacious and rural environment, and homeowners in this corner of Virginia are lucky enough to be able to spread out and own a slice of natural, unspoiled countryside.
Not to be considered a busy place, Augusta County still has enough employment opportunities for those who wish to relocate to the area. The public school system employs the largest number of people in the area, while Augusta Health is a close second. A handful of other nearby companies, such as Target, McKee Foods and Hershey have between 600-1,000 workers a piece. The economy may not be booming, but low population density and job availability keep the county employed and above the poverty line. For historic charm in a stunning setting, Augusta County is a perfect choice for many families.