Lexington-VA : Virginia

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What it's Like to Retire in Lexington-VA

Lexington is a small town with a rich history on the western border of the state.  A college town, Lexington is the home of two prestigious colleges, Washington & Lee University and Virginia Military Institute (VMI). The George C. Marshall Foundation is here. Both Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are buried here. The Stonewall Jackson House is now a Museum. Tourism and education are important. There is a nice Historic District in the charming downtown.  The population is just under 7,000. The Lexington Golf & Country Club has a nice 18 hole golf course. Photos above courtesy of Wikipedia: the Stonewall Jackson photo was originally from the Library of Congress, while the Washington & Lee photo taken by Jan Kronsell.
 

Where to Retire in Lexington-VA and Home Prices

People can live in the small town neighborhoods or in the surrounding countryside.  It is hard to get a good fix on real estate prices since the town is so small. The median sale price of a home during 2014 was about $270,000.

 

What is special about Lexington-VA

Lexington has an amazing history for such a small town. Three major military figures have ties to Lexington - Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and George Marshall.  Robert E. Lee is buried in Lee Chapel on the Washington & Lee campus, his horse Traveler is buried just outside the chapel. The presence of 2 great colleges is another distinction. Parts of several movies were filmed here including most recently "Gods and Generals" and "War of the Worlds".
 

What is not special about Lexington-VA

Lexington is a small town in a fairly remote part of Virginia.
 

Who will like retirement in Lexington-VA

Folks looking for a small college town with a rich history of military heroes will like it here.
 

Local economy is driven by

Tourism and education drive the economy.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

Lexington is halfway down the state on the western border with West Virginia. The median January low temperature is in the low 20's and the median July high is in the high 80's.
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Cafe Michel, the Southern Inn and The Palms offer excellent dining. There are 2 theaters: the Theater at Lime Kiln and the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts at W & L.  The Stonewall Jackson House is a museum. The George C. Marshall Foundation on the campus of VMI houses a library, archive, a museum and administrative offices dedicated to honor the legacy of George Catlett Marshall, General of the Army and author of the Marshall Plan for European WWII recovery. The birthplace of Sam Houston is nearby, as are the Boxerwood Gardens. The Rockbridge County Library is well supported.
 

Crime

The crime rate is extremely low.
 

Medical facilities

Stonewall Jackson Hospital serves Lexington, and there are other hospitals in nearby towns like Roanoke and Lynchburg.
 

Transportation

Interstate 81 goes through town.
 

Valuable Links

Official Lexington Tourism site
 

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Facts about LEXINGTON-VA
  • State: VA
  • Environment: College Town,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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