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Pros

-Historic interest
-Central location
-Pleasant climate

Cons

-Growth pressure
-Housing costs
-Entertainment


What Bert Has To Say About Winchester Metro Area


Winchester is a rising star in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. For years it has been a stable, prosperous agricultural center and light manufacturing point in the center of a large area of good farm and orchard land. Now, it is just close enough to the ever-expanding D.C. area to support those tolerant of a long commute, especially to the suburbs around Dulles Airport. It has also become a favorite for telecommuters or entrepreneurs needing a city just once in a while. The strategic location allows these individuals to also get to New York in 4 hours or just about any other major eastern city.

This geographic advantage isn’t just a recent realization, as Winchester changed hands 72 times during the Civil War. As that might lead one to think, the town sits in the middle of an area of considerable historic interest. The downtown core with its historic buildings is attractive and interesting. The exceptional central historic district could be used as a 19th century or Civil War movie set is occupied by small businesses, artisans and minor entertainment venues. Some sprawl has emerged outside of town, particularly to the south towards the connection I-66 freeway.

The immediate area around Winchester is a flat mix of typical agriculture and orchard land. Low, wooded foothills and mountains of the Blue Ridge and the main Appalachian range are visible to the east and west respectively. The mountains produce a notably mild climate for the region. Summers are warm, mostly calm and humid with periodic rainy spells and thunderstorms. Winters are cold and can be wet, but severe effects of northwesterly cold blasts are moderated by the mountains. Periods of heavy rain or snow may occur with storms moving up off the Atlantic. Spring and especially fall are quite pleasant. First freeze is late October, last is mid April.


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Quick Facts About Winchester


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Winchester is 4.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Winchester jobs have Increased by 3.35 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Winchester's cost of living is 5.90% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Winchester's population is 26,330 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 11.64 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Winchester is $187,700. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.10 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Winchester public schools spend $10,843 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 12 students per teacher in Winchester.

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re: Things we wish someone would have told us befo
If you are still in Winchester area, please attend the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley in Stephens City. I believe that you will be... (read more)
Quality of Life
I have lived in Winchester for about 40 years now. It is a very nice area in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Our claims to fame would be the birthplace of Patsy Cline,... (read more)
Stay Away!!
I have lived here(renter) since 2010. A big mistake! The city has a rising illegal drug problem and a rising assault rate. I have had property stolen from my residence... (read more)
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