Midlothian, Virginia is a town with a distinct history dating back more than 300 years, with its origins in coal mining. Midlothian is a rapidly growing Richmond suburb within the Greater Richmond Region known for its quiet charm and stunning countryside landscapes.
Midlothian is in the 23112, 23113, and 23114 zip codes, within Chesterfield County, and has a population of approximately 68,000. There are 90,000 people in the three zip codes. Midlothian is less than a 30-minute drive from downtown Richmond. With its 18 constituent neighborhoods and proximity to Richmond, Midlothian offers big city amenities while still maintaining its old fashioned, small-town charm.
Named the 47th Best Place to Live in the US in 2017 by Money Magazine, Midlothian is best known for its low unemployment, robust job growth, and a growing list of local amenities.
Students living in Midlothian receive their education through one of 18 primary and secondary schools. Chesterfield County Public Schools is home to more than 58,000 students and supports 62 schools. Chesterfield County has 38 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, and 11 high schools along with a technical center. Midlothian High School ranked 1,300 in National Rankings and 35th among Virginia schools statewide, earning it a silver medal by US News and World Report in their Best Schools 2017 edition. This ranking was based on state test performance, college preparation, and overall student performance. It is also interesting to note that more than 51% of all adults have their college degree, which is significantly higher than the national average of 21.84%
Midlothian receives approximately 44 inches of rain each year, with an average snowfall of 9 inches annually. Midlothian boasts an average of 2,663 hours of sunshine per year compared the typical U.S. city, which averages 1,783 hours of sunshine. The average high temperature is about 70˚ F and the average low temperature is about 48˚ F.
Midlothian offers plenty for visitors and among the most highly rated visitor attraction is the Mid-Lothian Mines Park. Located in the heart of the Richmond Coal Basin, Midlothian’s coal mining past is seen in its historic structures and natural setting filled with incredible green forests and diverse plant species. This historical setting allows visitors to see what mining was like as it represents the nation’s first attempt at commercial coal mining. Another must-see while in Midlothian is Robious Landing Park, a 17-acre park with multiple recreational amenities, including tennis courts, trails, picnic areas, ball fields, and a play area for younger children.
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