Midlothian possesses a deep and rich history from its founding over 300 years ago. The land was originally established as a coal mining settlement due to the regions rich resources. The town was named after two Scottish brothers who founded the Mid-Lothian Mining Company, and the coal from their mine and others were an integral part in the American Revolution. Because there was a booming coal industry, the central road into the area was one of the first hard-surfaced roads. During the 20th century, the coal industry began to rapidly decline, and the town grew as a wealthy suburb, and in 2005, the town was ranked as CNN Money's 37th best place to live.

Settled south of James River and west of Richmond, Midlothian, Virginia is an unincorporated community and has been ranked as the 12th biggest community in the state. The area is largely comprised of fertile hilled land and is considered a plain by most. The housing market is most predominantly made up of single-family homes, and there are only a very small percentage of apartments and other housing options available.

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