Staunton : Virginia


What It Is Like to Retire in Staunton

Staunton(pronounced Stanton), is a small college town in western Virginia. It is located in the Shenandoah Valley in between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains of the Appalachian Mountains. The population is 24,000. An old trading and manufacturing center, It is chiefly known for being the birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson. There is a popular museum about him along with a display of his Pierce-Arrow automobile. Mary Baldwin University is located adjacent to the Museum. The downtown is compact and has an unusual mix of interesting restaurants and shops. There is one story devoted to Bass (string) instruments, another to exotic tobacco and pipes, a rubber duck store, and multiple antique stores of all stripes. Southern Living called the town "one of the prettiest and most progressive (towns) in the south". Watch this short Youtube video of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum presented by John Brady:

Where to Retire in Staunton and Home Prices

The Zillow Home Value Index was $183,862 in early 2020. There are some retirement communities in the area, and many beautiful old brick homes in the area near Mary Baldwin U. and the Woodrow Wilson home.

What Is Special about Staunton

Beautiful and interesting downtown with many quirky shops and restaurants. The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum and Mary Baldwin Museum. The American Shakespeare Center. The Staunton Foundation promotes the preservation and revitalization of Staunton's rich architectural resources, which escaped damage during the Civil War.

What Is Not Special about Staunton

It is a small town and so far there are not a lot of active or 55+ communities in the area.

Who Will Like Retirement in Staunton

People looking for a pretty small town with a long history and a nice downtown.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, retail, and the University dominate the economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average July temperature is in the low 70s and the Jan. average is about 30. It is located in the hills between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are a number of interesting restaurants, including Zynodoa, a farm to table restaurant that is quite excellent. The American Shakespeare Center and Blackfriars Playhouse is a big draw, as is the Frontier Culture Museum, and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. Mary Baldwin University is a source of local culture.


Crime rate is low.

Medical Facilities

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I 81 is adjacent to town on its way north and south.

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