The Staunton-Waynesboro, VA metro area is located in the Shenandoah Valley of the Appalachian Mountains, 40 miles west of Charlotteville and 160 from Washington DC. Staunton is one of the smaller metros in the United States and is comprised of Augusta, Staunton city and Waynesboro city counties. It is also considered to be part of the larger Harrisonburg consolidated metro area.
The many benefits of living in the Staunton metro include low crime, strong economy, comfortable summers and affordability. The region features nearby mountain terrain, which is a great recreation resource.
Some disadvantages of the Staunton metro area include harsh winters, isolated and limited amenities.
The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for the Staunton-Waynesboro metro area is 7.3 (10=best), which means it is about average compared to other places in Virginia. September, June and August are the most pleasant months while January and February are the least comfortable months.
In the Staunton-Waynesboro metro area, there are 5 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85 degrees. The most pleasant months of the year for the Staunton-Waynesboro metro area are September, June and May. July is the hottest month for the Staunton-Waynesboro metro area with an average high temperature of 84.4 degrees, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Virginia. January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for the Staunton-Waynesboro metro area with an average of 21.0 degrees. This is one of the coldest places in Virginia.
The annual rainfall of 42.2 inches in the Staunton-Waynesboro metro area means that it is drier than most places in Virginia. The wettest season is Autumn with 28% of yearly precipitation and 21% falls in Spring, which is the driest season. July is the wettest month in the Staunton-Waynesboro metro area with 4.3 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 2.7 inches.
The humidity is usually comfortable in the Staunton-Waynesboro metro area but some summer months can be sticky or muggy. July is the most humid month, though humidity is low for most of the year. The most humid months are July, August and June.
An annual snowfall of 22.0 inches in the Staunton-Waynesboro metro area means that it is one of the snowiest places in Virginia. February is the snowiest month in the Staunton-Waynesboro metro area with 7.0 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.