Looking for a new home in Virginia? Concerned about maintaining a
healthy lifestyle for you and your loved ones? Here are a few factors
that will help you choose the right neighborhood for your search.
Parks and Recreation
It’s no secret that being healthy is about staying active. That’s a
lot easier when you can take advantage of local parks for outdoor
activities and organized recreation opportunities like sports leagues
and fitness classes. Living near open space and forested areas will also
help you protect your family from air pollution as a result of traffic
Local Ordinances and Neighborhood Associations
Some towns and cities like Forest and Lynchburg
do more than others to protect the local environment and promote the
health of their citizens, with ordinances about noise pollution and
zoning.While some neighborhood associations exist largely to enforce
arbitrary standards about the superficial appearance of homes, others
have more substantive standards about sustainable landscaping and other
Walkability and Bikeability
Whether you’re eight or eighty years old, walking and biking are
great ways to stay healthy in Virginia. Residents of walkable
neighborhoods tend to weigh up to 10 pounds less than those in less
offers a neighborhood’s walkability and bikeability score using the
proximity of shops and services as well as features like sidewalks, bike
lanes, and crosswalks.
Water Quality and Other Concerns
Unless you’re willing to spend hundreds of dollars every year on
filtration systems, you’ll want to make sure the neighborhood you choose
in areas like Forest and Lynchburg has a high quality public water supply and is free of other
chemical and industrial contaminants.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s website
aggregates data on water quality, air quality, known and threatened
releases of hazardous substances, and former industrial sites (or
“brownfields”), allowing you to search by zip code.