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Retire in Abingdon, Virginia?
Overview: Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains in lush western Virginia, attractive, artsy Abingdon is the Washington County seat and dates from the mid-1700s. It has an active arts scene and is proud of its heritage.
Main Street is lined with restored Victorian structures, red brick Federal-style buildings with white-frame windows, antique shops, music stores, tea parlors and cafes. The William King Museum has five galleries and sponsors artist talks as well as workshops. The Barter Theatre has a full season of performances and a long list of famous alumni, including Ernest Borgnine and Gregory Peck. Abingdon's Arts Depot has studios, classes and hosts the Appalachian Center for Poets and Writers. Heartwood is a community gathering place and the hub for local craftsmen, foodies, and musicians. The town highlights its heritage with celebrations such as the Crooked Road Music Fest and the Virginia Highlands Festival. Abingdon is the final stop on the Virginia Creeper Trail and at the northern tip of the Overmountain Victory Trail.
Neighborhoods are leafy, and some have red brick sidewalks. Homes are mostly ranch ramblers, raised ranch ramblers, bungalows, plantation-styles and Colonials.Washington County Park on South Holston Lake includes a boat launch, and the lake permits skiing and fishing. The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area includes the state's highest point, hiking trails, camping, and a fishing lake.
Population: 8,200 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 45%
Cost of Living: 7% below the national average
Median Home Price: $150,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 70s 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s and 30s. On average, the area receives 47 inches of rain and 16 inches of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes. District Three Public Transit provides van service in town and transportation to nutrition sites and shopping.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Very conservative
Is Virginia Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Notes: Abingdon is a nice town with a good reputation and has grown by 15% within the last decade or so. Racial diversity is minimal.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The Commonwealth of Virginia is on the southern Atlantic coast. Nicknames include Old Dominion and Mother of Presidents (eight American presidents were born here). The motto for the state is Sic Semper Tyrannis, meaning Thus Always to Tyrants. This motto is on both the state's seal (designed in 1776) and the state's flag (first used in the 1830s).
The Virginia Company established the Colony of Virginia and Jamestown in 1607. The state was one of the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolution and joined the Confederacy during the Civil War. Richmond was even named the Confederate capital. Today, the Virginia General Assembly is the oldest continuous legislative body in the Western world.
Western Virginia has a distictly rural, southern feeling while eastern Virgina is home to military installations and northern Virginia is where many Washington, D.C. lobbyists and government workers live.
The Blue Ridge Mountains, Chesapeake Bay, the Shenandoah Valley and miles of eastern shore beaches are Virginia highlights.
Population - 8,411,808
Persons 65 years old and over - 15%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 88%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 36%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%
White persons, not Hispanic - 62%
Median household income - $65,015
Median home value - $245,000
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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