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A+ Winchester Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Winchester Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% lower than Virginia
1033% more expensive than the US average
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Winchester cost of living
D+ Winchester Crime Total crime is 45% higher than Virginia
Total crime
2,8975% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 355% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-27%Year over year crime is down
Winchester crime
C- Winchester Employment Household income is 30% lower than Virginia
Median household income
$46,46616% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$26,98410% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%32% lower than the US average
Winchester employment
F Winchester Housing Home value is 12% lower than Virginia
Median home value
$218,60018% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9371% lower than the US average
Home ownership
46%28% lower than the US average
Winchester real estate or Winchester rentals
A- Winchester Schools HS graduation rate is 8% lower than Virginia
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
71%43% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:118% lower than the US average
Winchester K-12 schools or Winchester colleges

Living in Winchester, VA

Winchester is a medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. The city has a population of 27,349 inhabitants. The majority of Winchester residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Winchester. With average one way commute time of only 22 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Winchester, Virginia. Finding the best places to live in Winchester and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, weather, housing and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 75/100, Winchester is ranked #5,280 in the United States and #163 in Virginia. Compared to the national average, Winchester ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Winchester has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+), crime (B-) and education (A-). Unfortunately for Winchester, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: housing (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Winchester has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Old Court House Civil War Museum, and Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters.

The average school test scores in Winchester are 71%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Winchester is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Winchester come in at $218,600, which is 12% lower than the Virginia average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Winchester, the home price to income ratio is 4.7, which is 23.7% higher than the Virginia average. Real estate appreciation rates in Winchester are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Winchester homes comes in at 4.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 3.2%.

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WARNING: Think twice about moving to Winchester, VA

If you are rich, white, old, retired, and married, this is the place for you. If you are a minority who accepts white supremacy and don't mind being patronized, ostracized, and discriminated against, this place is for you. This is the south and racism is alive and well here! If you are familiar with the Civil War, slavery, discrimination, white supremacy, and old-time money, Winchester has a few descendants of that era. Many of the people will be nice, smile and talk with you, but do not be fooled into thinking they think you are their equal. There is a caste system here and people seem to know and accept their level on the racial and class ladder. This is a small town where everyone seems to know someone or know someone that person knows. Everyone is connected in some way or another. Be careful if you talk, what you say, who you say it to, and how loudly you say it. The town is full of gossips who enjoy spreading other people's business. It is not always slander as a lot of the gossip is actually true. If you love gossiping or being gossiped about, this place is for you!If you have a problem with alcohol and drugs, this place is for you. It is filled with substance abusers. Lots of DUI arrests, heroin overdoses, and alcoholics here. If you smoke marijuana, avoid this place! If you drink alcohol and are caught walking, driving, and bicycling afterward, YOU WILL BE ARRESTED! The State of Virginia has an alcohol program that strongly ENFORCES arrests! You will be forced to pay thousands of dollars in court fines, legal fees, counseling and education in addition to spending hours, days, weeks, or months in jail. Again, if you do not have an arrest record and you love to drink or do drugs, AVOID Winchester!The dichotomy of the population is financially secure to rich and financially insecure and poor. The rich feed off of the poor. The poor complain, whine and loathe the upper class. Lawyers, therapists, judges, law enforcement, professors, doctors, and businessmen (especially restaurant/bar owners, and mental health or recovery facilities) all get rich off of the lower class. The good news is that the upper class feed their sense of supremacy by donating lots of money and goods to an abundance of programs that serve the poor with food, clothing, shelter, and medical care. You can get free food from at least 10 to 20 different sources, so you would never starve here. There is no real public transportation like you would find in a large city. There is some little trolley van that runs certain hours during weekdays. There are two, maybe three cab companies, but you might see a falling star before you actually see a cab. Sometimes they will get to you within 10 minutes. Other times, you can walk and get to your destination before the taxi ever arrives. If you live in an apartment or rental, BEWARE! The management company will enter your residence with their key without your approval, while you are away at work. They will also enter when you are home sleeping, bathing or doing or private things that a person does in the comfort of their own home. They will not apologize for this disrespectful intrusiveness. They claim it is all in the name of inspecting and maintaining their property. If you do not like strangers entering your place, buy your own home, change your locks (this is actually illegal), or AVOID moving to the Winchester area. Properties owned by the Aikens family are the worst!Rubbermaid and a few small plants employ a lot of blue collar workers. Shenandoah University brings in a diverse population of students who cannot wait to leave after graduation. Winchester Valley Health has expanded and employs lots of medical professionals and staff. The university has plays and musical entertainment. If you have school age children, avoid this place! The schools are filled with drugs and alcohol abusing students from dysfunctional homes. This is a couples town, so single people should move elsewhere if they hope to marry. If you love to drink liquor, beer, and wine, this town is definitely for you! If you enjoy dining out or spending time in nice hotels, there are plenty of restaurants and hotels here. There are two Targets, three Wal-Marts, several grocery stores, and strip malls scattered within 5 to 20 minutes of each other.
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Source: The Winchester, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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