Manassas : Virginia


What It Is Like to Retire in Manassas

Manassas is the site of two famous Civil War battles (the first and second Battles of Bull Run). This town of about 35,000 people is close enough to Washington D.C. that is a suburb of that city, yet far enough away to provide some refuge for retirees who want to stay in the area in retirement. Five colleges have branch campuses in or just outside Manassas, including George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College. Photo of downtown Manassas courtesy of Wikipedia and Signalee.

Where to Retire in Manassas and Home Prices

There are many active adult communities in the area (see link at top left) to choose from.  The Median home value was $394,200 in early 2019, according to Zillow.


What Is Special about Manassas

Historic scene of 2 important civil war battles, with Manassas Battlefield Park; good Amtrak and commuter rail transportation; 5 colleges for adult education or college classes; Old Dominion Speedway.


What Is Not Special about Manassas

Some residents complain about traffic and congestion as the Washington suburbs have spread in this direction. Real estate prices have been volatile, taking a huge dip in 2008-9.

Who Will Like Retirement in Manassas

People who like history and  those who want to stay in northern Virginia near Washington at lower cost and congestion might like it in Manassas.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Government and a lot of high tech businesses in northern Virginia  support the Manassas economy, along with some tourism.

Climate and Physical Environment

Manassas is in northern Virginia, west of Washington D.C.  The average July high temperature is 89 and the average January low is 23. May is the wettest month with just under 4" of rain.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The community colleges and branch campuses provide some cultural opportunities. The Manassas Battlefield is interesting. The  many cultural outlets of Washington D.C. are conveniently close.


The Manassas crime rate is slightly below average.

Medical Facilities

Prince William Hospital serves the city of  Manassas, other hospitals are nearby.


Manassas is well-fixed for transportation. Manassas Regional Airport has air taxi service, and Dulles is nearby.  Both Amtrak and commuter rail to Washington are available.

Valuable Links

Wikipedia for Manassas
Prince William County/Manassas Chamber of Commerce
Guide to Virginia retirement

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