Introduction to Waynesboro, Virginia

Waynesboro, Virginia is 50 miles N of Lynchburg, Virginia (center to center) and 116 miles SW of Washington, District of Columbia. The city has a population of 19,520.

Waynesboro History

The community derived its name from General "Mad Anthony" Wayne and his family home. In the early days, the Rockfish Gap, located near Waynesboro, made the area a convenient stop for those on their journey to the west. It was then referred to as Teasville. It was after General Wayne's victory, at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794, that the area became known as Waynesborough or Waynesboro. The downtown region was plotted and sold in 1798, and Waynesboro was officially recognized as a town by the state of Virginia on January 8, 1801. It was incorporated in 1834.

Waynesboro and nearby Attractions

  • Waynesboro Public Library
  • Woodrow Wilson Birthplace
  • Frontier Culture Museum
  • Baker Springs Basin
  • Hamilton-Cook Colonnade Shopping Center
  • Shenandoah National Park

Things To Do In Waynesboro

Waynesboro provides easy access to a number of historical museums that are within a range of 20 miles. Among these are the Frontier Culture Museum, Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm & Visitor Center, and Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum. The city has several beautiful churches and cemeteries that are reminiscent of the bygone era. The Hamilton-Cook Colonnade Shopping Center, Willow Oak Plaza Shopping Center, Chips Mini-Mall Shopping Center and Riverside Shopping Center are ideal destinations for shoppers. In addition, the city hosts annual festivals including the Summer Extravaganza and the Virginia Fall Foliage Festival Art Show.

Waynesboro Transportation

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Waynesboro Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by the University of Virginia-Main Campus, James Madison University, and Piedmont Virginia Community College.


Total Population 21,150
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 17.9%
Employed Population 16+ 9,549
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 47.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.4%
Median Earnings25+ $31,397
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,400
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,305


Median Family Income $55,540
% Above Poverty Level 81.7%
% Below Poverty Level 18.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 30.9%
Median Gross Rent $794
Median House Value $156,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.3%
US/American 0%
English 13.1%
Irish 9.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Waynesboro Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 50 miles N of Lynchburg, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 116 miles SW of Washington, District of Columbia
Standard Zip Codes 22980
Phone Area Codes 540
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.07
Longitude -78.9

Waynesboro Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 12.7 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 41 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38.8 inches
Distance 33.8 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 44 F
Apr Temp 38 to 68 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 69 F
Annual Precip 39.9 inches
Distance 41.3 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 43 F
Apr Temp 40 to 67 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 69 F
Annual Precip 35.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bridgewater 5,844 $62,483
Charlottesville 45,084 $70,079
Dayton 1,654 $53,068
Grottoes 2,714 $60,925
Mount Crawford 431 $64,500
Staunton 24,193 $61,097

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Waynesboro Public Libraries

Waynesboro Public Library
Waynesboro, Virginia
(540) 942-6746

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Student/teacher ratio: 14

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