Population: 27,853Median home value: $321,500 72 Ranks better than 73% of areas
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A+ Fredericksburg Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Fredericksburg Cost of Living Cost of living is 15% higher than Virginia
12323% more expensive than the US average
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Fredericksburg cost of living
D Fredericksburg Crime Total crime is 95% higher than Virginia
Total crime
3,90842% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2642% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-11%Year over year crime is down
Fredericksburg crime
D+ Fredericksburg Employment Household income is 18% lower than Virginia
Median household income
$53,9802% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$30,4802% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%6% higher than the US average
Fredericksburg employment
D- Fredericksburg Housing Home value is 29% higher than Virginia
Median home value
$321,50074% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,09615% higher than the US average
Home ownership
35%45% lower than the US average
Fredericksburg real estate or Fredericksburg rentals
A+ Fredericksburg Schools HS graduation rate is 5% higher than Virginia
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
79%60% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
Fredericksburg K-12 schools or Fredericksburg colleges

Living in Fredericksburg, VA

Fredericksburg is a mid-sized city located in the state of Virginia. The city has a population of 27,853 residents. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Fredericksburg residents is 30. The average American spends an average of about 26 minutes on their one way commute each day. Lower travel times to work can increase overall happiness and allow for more time to be spent with family. While living in Fredericksburg, your commute times will be about average with a one way commute time of 28 minutes.

Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Fredericksburg could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Virginia if you know where to search. The best areas in Fredericksburg and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from cost of living, education, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Virginia and national averages.

Fredericksburg has a livability score of 72/100 and is ranked #253 in Virginia and #7,764 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we know that Fredericksburg ranks very well for amenities (A+) and education (A+). Fredericksburg does not score well for the following: crime (D), cost of living (F) and housing (D-). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Fredericksburg, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Old Town, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, and The Rising Sun Tavern.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Fredericksburg have a test score average of 79%, which is well above the US average.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Fredericksburg is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Fredericksburg come in at $321,500, which is 29.4% higher than the Virginia average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Fredericksburg, the home price to income ratio is 6, which is 57.9% higher than the Virginia average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Fredericksburg will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Fredericksburg, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 3.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.5%.

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Worse every year

I lived in Fredericksburg for 15 years. I moved last year after getting married and realizing I did not want to raise kids in that environment. I still really love and miss aspects of Fredericksburg such as historic downtown, the many restaurants and bars, and great friends I've made over the years.

This town is for DC commuters now. It's too small for the amount of houses and apartments they are trying to pack in. Even living in the surrounding counties became a nightmare. Traffic seems to double every year. If you get a nice government job working in Quantico you can get there in twenty minutes in the morning but your average commute time coming home on I95 would be two hours. Expect up to six hours if there's been any type of accident. Even if you take the train you come home to most major roads in town at a stand still in the evenings, lunchtime, and weekends. Crime and drugs are rising. My mother's house has had damage a couple times from groups that loiter in the communities at night. Cars are frequently broken into in any part of town. There have been many arrests for heroin in the past year or two. If you have the great misfortune of living or working on route 17, good luck. The town will need to repair their major bridges as soon as they can afford to and when they do it will shut down everything.
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Area Horrible

Every time I leave this area for pleasure or business and return (I have lived here 12 years) I realize how much this town and surrounding counties are horrible for so many reasons. If I can get this review to post, I will follow up with specifics. DO NOT be fooled by livability scores as they are skewed by surrounding counties (which are worse) that carry the mailing address of Fredericksburg. The city proper is only 11 sq. miles. Cannot wait to get my family the heck outta here. Not a good place long term for families or singles. Enough said.
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Source: The Fredericksburg, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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