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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Culpeper, Virginia

Outside of Washington, D.C., Culpeper is a Cute Town with a Historic, Well-Kept Downtown, Wineries and Leafy Neighborhoods

Situated in north central Virginia's Piedmont River Valley, this cute, historic town is within an hour and a half of Washington, D.C. It started out in 1759 and was originally surveyed by George Washington.

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The well maintained downtown is lined with structures from the early days and has an eclectic blend of retailers, coffee houses, boutiques, eateries and galleries. Residents enjoy a Sunday art walk, a farmers' market, a concert series, a restaurant week, a beer fest and more. Culpeper is also the home of wineries and Belmont Farm Distillery, Virginia's "only legal" moonshiner. The city has renovated its State Theatre, opening it to music, film, dance and drama events, and the Library of Congress's art deco Packard Campus Theater holds public screenings of its audio-visual treasures. Arts group Bluemont sponsors Friday night concerts at the courthouse, and Stage Alive brings symphonic, jazz and Broadway productions to town. StageWorks is the community theater.

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Neighborhoods are leafy, and some have red brick sidewalks. Homes are mostly 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.

Historic Civil War battlefields, including Brandy Station, Cedar Mountain and Fredericksburg, are a short drive away.

Population:  20,000 (city proper)

Age 45 or Better:  35%

Cost of Living:  Meets the national average

Median Home Price: $385,000

Climate:   This area has a humid continental climate. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 42 inches of rain and 18 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 

Crime Rate:   Meets the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:  Conservative

College Educated:   6%

Is Virginia Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Somewhat

Cons:   The 2011 Virginia earthquake struck Culpeper, and some historic buildings were damaged. Another small quake occured in early February, 2020. They will most likely continue.

Notes:   The population has grown 14% during the last decade. Home prices have increased 20% since last year.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes

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Virginia:

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.

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