Cradled between national parks and forests, the beautiful Shenandoah Valley city of Harrisonburg is one of Virginia's most cherished small towns. Simply referred to as "The Burg" by locals, this warm and welcoming community is home to many affordable Harrisonburg apartments for rent because of the low cost of living that Virginia residents enjoy here. With its beautiful mountain scenery and high quality of life, it is no wonder that the community has seen an influx of residents, with an estimated 2011 population of nearly 50,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The city is named after Thomas Harrison, the city's founder who deeded two and a half acres of his land to the public good in 1779. Soon after, a flood of English immigrants poured into the area and a community was formed. Harrisonburg's geography in the Shenandoah Valley between two major tracts of forests made it an attractive place for many Virginia residents looking to settle in the area. Today, it remains one of the most quaint and historically preserved communities in the Old Dominion State because of its many community activities, low crime, and excellent school system that brings so many Virginians to the area.
A great day of fun and entertainment is held every year in Harrisonburg when the city hosts the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival. Located in historic downtown Harrisonburg, the city celebrates craft beer culture with more than 60 seasonal and rare brews from across the country. The music played here features a lineup of some of the indie music scene's hottest performers.
What residents truly take pride in is the close proximity to both Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest. With everything from camping, mountain biking, and hiking, this is the perfect community for adventurers and eco lovers.
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