Stafford : Virginia


What It Is Like to Retire in Stafford

Located in the northern part of Virginia, Stafford (also know as Stafford Courthouse), is a small town of about 4,00 residents and the county seat of Stafford County. The diverse population of Stafford is County was 152,882 in 2019, and is considered one of the fastest growing and highest income counties in the U.S., and has a median age of 36. Stafford County is located 40 miles south of Washington, D.C., and is home to government offices and major defense installations including the Marine Corps Base Quantico. Many residents here commute to Washington for work. Germanna Community College is located in Stafford, along with several sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places within the county. Photo of Aerial View of Stafford courtesy of Wikipedia and Famartin, photo of Stafford County Courthouse courtesy of Wikipedia and Mojo Hand, photo of Historic Aquia Church in Stafford courtesy of Wikipedia and Cowpie21, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/

Watch this short Youtube video of the area prepared by Kevin Henry


Where to Retire in Stafford and Home Prices

Stafford County is considered a bedroom community of Washington, D.C. According to Zillow, the median home value is $298,400 in the small town of Stafford, whereas the median home value in all of Stafford County is $445,126.

What Is Special about Stafford

Stafford offers parks, historical sites, a golf course, and is close to both Fredricksburg and Washington, D.C.

What Is Not Special about Stafford

Urban sprawl in the fast growing area has resulted in a lot of traffic congestion, and it is not a walkable or bikeable community.

Who Will Like Retirement in Stafford

Retirees who want to live near the Washington D.C. area with parks, a community college, and a golf course, and health care may enjoy living here.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Health care, public administration and education are the main drivers of the economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Both the Potomac River and the Rappahannock River run along parts of the county. The average January temperature is 36 degrees, July's average is 77 degrees. The annual snowfall is about 13 inches, but Stafford County has seen some unusual snow storms and experienced massive blizzards-"Snowmageddons" in both 2009 and 2010

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are several restaurants in Stafford and Stafford County, and nearby Fredricksburg offers more choices and cultural events.


The property crime rate is slightly above the national average.

Medical Facilities

There is a hospital in Stafford and many medical facilities within the area.


Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is about 45 miles away, Washington Dulles International Airport is about 55 miles from Stafford. Stafford is not a walkable or a bikeable community.

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