Fredericksburg : Virginia

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What Fredericksburg is like for active adults
Fredericksburg is a fast growing old town near the Rappahannock River in Virginia. The area is extremely popular as a retirement community with many active adult communities either recently or in the process of being built. The population grew 20% between 2000 and 2009, to just over 23,000. There is a 40-block national historic district in the city’s downtown area and contains more than 350 buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Fredericksburg is closely associated with George Washington, who was born nearby. During the Civil War Fredericksburg was extremely important as a strategic objective. Close by Fredericksburg to the southeast is the Northern Neck area of Virginia, another very popular area for active adults. Photo of downtown Fredericksburg courtesy of Wikipedia and AlbertHerring.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There are some active adult and 55+ communities in the area, as Washington D.C. area retirees look for retirement places in the area (see Active Communities link at right). The median selling price of a home in Fredericksburg was about $270,000 in late 2013, according to  Whereas, lists the median selling price at $275,400, in early 2014.

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What is special about this retirement community

350 historical buildings. George Washington was born nearby. University of Mary Washington College is in Fredericksburg. There are military battlefields here and in nearby Spotsylvania.

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What is not special about this retirement community
Many of Fredericksburg's residents commute somewhere else to work.  Traffic can be very busy from both commuters and the over 1.5 million tourists who come here each year.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
History buffs, active adults in retirement, and many working people who commute elsewhere.
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Local economy is driven by

Tourism and retirement are 2 of the mainstays of the Fredericksburg economy.

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Climate and Physical Environment
Fredericksburg is 50 miles south of Washington and 55 miles north of Richmond. I95 cuts through town and the Rappahannock River is just to the east.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
There are a number of museums and National Military Parks in the area, many of them related to the civil war or George Washington.The George Washington Birthplace National Monument is  38 miles to the east.  The James Monroe Law Museum is another attraction. A museum of slavery is set to open in the future.
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Crime rate is slightly above average in Fredericksburg.
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Medical facilities

Mary Washington Hospital is located in Fredericksburg.

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I95 goes through Fredericksburg; The Washington Airports of Dulles and Reagan are within 50 miles; there is an AMTRAK station; Fredericksburg has average walkability when compared  to other towns.

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Valuable Links
Guide to Virginia retirement communities
Wikipedia entry for Fredericksburg
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  • State: VA
  • Environment: College Town,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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