Why Winchester

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Taxable Sales

Taxable Sales Summary: Approximate Virginia taxable retail sales







Amount in millions






Source: City of Winchester Commissioner of the Revenue


Retail Sales Per Capita

Winchester: $38,614
Virginia: $13,687



Winchester and the surrounding area provide a diverse and growing workforce for your company. Winchester’s workers commute from surrounding counties in Virginia and West Virginia.

Commuting Patterns
Over 22,000 people commuted into the City of Winchester in 2013. The top areas people commuted from included:

  • Frederick County, VA
  • Hampshire County, WV
  • Berkeley County, WV
  • Shenandoah County, VA
  • Clarke County, VA 
  • Warren County, VA
  • Morgan County, WV
  • Jefferson County, WV
  • Mineral County, WV
  • Hardy County, WV


1992 Population

2002 Population

2011 Population
City of Winchester 22,460 24,350 26,587
Winchester MSA 71,120 87,309 104.508
Area Civilian
Labor Force
City of Winchester 14,597 14,195 402 5.9%
Winchester MSA* 63,524 61,914 1,610 5.2%

Household / Geography Data

Mean travel time to work 22.7 minutes
Median value of owner-occupied housing units $255,000
Persons per household 2.47
Land area in square miles 9.23
Persons per square mile 2,838.0

*The Winchester, VA-WV MSA includes City of Winchester, Frederick County, VA and Hampshire County, WV.

General Demographic Data

Sex: 49% Male; 51% Female
Race: 82% White; 11% Black; 7% Other
Median Age: 35.2 years
Per capita income: 
Educational Attainment (population 25+ years): High school graduates 82%; College graduates 29%

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Winchester serves as the retail hub for north-western Virginia and southern-eastern West Virginia.


# of Employees

Employer Description

Winchester Medical Center 1000-4999 Hospitals
Rubbermaid Commercial Products 1000-4999 Plastics
Lear Corporation 1000-4999 Auto parts & supplies mnfr
BB&T 500-999 Banks
Federal Mogul 500-999 Brake lining mnfr
National Fruit Products Co. Inc. 500-999 Apple products
Polyone Engineered Films Group 500-999 Vinyl manufacturing
Shenandoah University 500-999 Univeristies/colleges
Wal-Mart Supercenter 500-999 Dept. store (discount)

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Winchester serves as the retail hub for north-western Virginia and southern-eastern West Virginia.

Public Schools

Winchester Public Schools (www.wps.k12.va.us)
The City of Winchester operates a K-12 school system with 4 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 1 high school. As of October 2012 there were 4,302 students enrolled in Winchester Public Schools. The student:teacher ratio was 11.7:1.

Higher Education

Shenandoah University (Shenandoah University)
Shenandoah University, a liberal arts college offers associate and bachelor's degrees in nursing and respiratory care; bachelor's degrees in various liberal arts fields; master's degrees in education, business administration, and physical therapy; and degrees in music, dance, and theater arts through its nationally renowned conservatory of music.

Lord Fairfax Community College (Lord Fairfax Community College)
Lord Fairfax Community College is located in Middletown approximately 20 miles south of Winchester. LFCC offers two-year programs for an associate degree in Art and Sciences and Applied Science, Career Studies Programs, and Certificate Programs. Old Dominion University offers several bachelor and master’s degree programs via live satellite television at both the Middletown and Faquier campuses of LFCC.

There are seventeen colleges and universities within a 75-mile radius of Winchester, including James Madison University, George Mason University, and George Washington University.

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Quality of Life

Arts & Culture

Art and culture abound in Winchester. You can visit an art gallery in Old Town or catch a performance at Winchester Little Theatre (www.wltonline.org), Wayside Theatre (www.waysidetheater.org), or Shenandoah Conservatory. (www.su.edu/conservatory) For six weeks each summer, Shenandoah’s Summer Music Theatre brings professional musical productions to Winchester.

History & Tourism

The Winchester area is steeped in history. George Washington’s Headquarters, Old Court House Civil War Museum, Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters, and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley are just a few of the historical sites of interest in the City of Winchester. Visit the Winchester/Frederick County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s web site at www.visitwinchesterva.com for more information.


A 421-bed, non-profit, regional referral hospital, Winchester Medical Center offers a full range of medical, surgical, diagnostic and rehabilitative services to some 400,000 residents in the tri-state area. Winchester Medical Center employs more than 2,900 people and has a medical staff of over 275 physicians, representing nearly every specialty. The Medical Center’s six-story facility, completed in 1990, anchors a 165-acre medical campus, which includes two physician office buildings, cancer center, pharmacy, outpatient diagnostic center, same-day surgery facility, imaging center with MRI, CT and Mobile PET scanning, adult psychiatric center, 250-seat conference facility, employee child care center, restaurant, parks with walking trails, and a 1,600 space parking deck.

Winchester Medical Center is a subsidiary of Valley Health Systems, a nonprofit organization of health care providers serving residents of the northern Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland.


Winchester and the surrounding area provide ample opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Jim Barnett Park is an approximately 180 acre public park. Some of its amenities include lighted softball and baseball fields, indoor and outdoor swimming pool facilities, racquetball court, fitness room, lighted horseshoe courts, lighted basketball courts, a three acre fishing lake, playgrounds, picnic areas and shelters. Other features include a a twelve station fitness trail, a Paracourse Fitness Trail, and a BMX Dirt Bike Racing Trail.

The surrounding area provides opportunities for hiking and biking in the nearby state park, national park, and national forest and canoeing and fishing on the Shenandoah River.

Cost of Living*

Overall 97
Food 104
Housing 103
Utilities 99
Health 87
Transportation 102

*Measured against the national cost of living, if U.S. is figured as 100.


Average January Temperature 41.1 degrees F
Average July Temperature 87 degrees F
Average Annual Precipitation 37.8 inches
Average Annual Snowfall 26.2 inches

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Highway System

Winchester is served by I-81 east/west, U.S. routes 11 (north-south), 50 (east-west) and 522 (northwest-southeast), and VA Primary 7 (east) and VA Primary 37(western bypass). Winchester is also less than 20 miles from I-66, providing direct access to Washington, D.C. and the I-95 corridor. The average commute time for a resident of Winchester is about 20 minutes.

Rail Service

Rail service is provided by CSX Transportation and Winchester & Western which provides connecting service between CSX and Norfolk Southern.

Airport Service

Winchester Regional Airport offers a 5,500’ runway, a modern terminal with weather service, and U.S. Customs service (on call). Jet A and 100 LL fuel is available. Aircraft rentals and flight training are available. Limo and auto rental are available on site. Winchester Regional Airport provides cargo service limited to the size of aircraft which can be accommodated on the runway. Contact them at (540) 662-5786.

The nearest commercial airport is Washington/Dulles International, which is approximately 80 miles from Winchester.

Inland Port

The Virginia Inland Port (VIP), just west of Washington, D.C., and about 20 miles south of Winchester, is 220 miles inland and effectively brings the benefits of The Port of Virginia 220 miles closer to U.S. markets. Five-day-a-week rail service between the VIP and the marine terminals in Hampton Roads allows direct access to the trade routes of 75 international shipping lines.

Public Transit

Winchester Transportation provides public transportation through a fixed route bus system and a paratransit service for the handicapped. Six routes cover all areas of the City and portions of Frederick County. Operating hours are 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. There is also a trolley service operating to provide senior citizens mobility to selected destinations. The trolley operates from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Contact the Transportation Department at (540) 662-3982 to obtain a schedule.

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