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Overview

Introduction to Fredericksburg, Virginia

Fredericksburg, Virginia is 25 miles SW of Dale City, Virginia (center to center) and 48 miles SW of Washington, District of Columbia. The city is in the Washington area.

Fredericksburg History

The city was founded on land which was part of a tract patented in 1671. The community was named in honor of Frederick, the Prince of Wales and father of George III. In 1807, an overturned candle started a fire that ended up destroying half the town. In 1862, the Union forces suffered one of their greatest defeats here, in the Battle of Fredericksburg. The area was incorporated as a town in the year 1781. Fredericksburg was later chartered as an independent city in 1879.

Fredericksburg and nearby Attractions

  • Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
  • Fredericksburg Area Museum
  • Ridderhof Martin Gallery
  • Twin Lakes
  • Shannon Green Golf Course
  • General Mercer Monument

Things To Do In Fredericksburg

The city of Fredericksburg provides easy access to a number of historic sites and museums nearby. Among these are the George Washington Masonic Museum, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Fredericksburg Area Museum, James Monroe Museum, and National Bank Museum. The city’s numerous parks and the Shannon Green Golf Course provide opportunities to participate in a variety of sports. The Twin Lakes, Hazel Run, Golin Run, and Fall Quarry Run are some of the stunning lakes and streams worth visiting. In addition, there are several shopping centers that offer amazing deals. Fredericksburg also hosts annual celebrations including the Art Festival, Fredericksburg Pow-Wow, Greek Festival, Mayfest, Music Festival, Oktoberfest, RiverFest, Shakespeare Festival, and Welsh Festival.

Fredericksburg Transportation

Washington Dulles International is the nearest airport.

Fredericksburg Higher Education

Mary Washington College and Fredericksburg Bible Institute are the local institutes of higher education. Other institutes nearby include the College of Southern Maryland and George Mason University.

People

Total Population 27,395
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 10.3%
Employed Population 16+ 13,282
Age of the Population 29

Families

% of people married 33.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.3%
Median Earnings25+ $38,002
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,252
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,438

Wealth

Median Family Income $62,361
% Above Poverty Level 83.5%
% Below Poverty Level 16.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.1%
% Using Public Transportation 3.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,058
Median House Value $317,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46%
US/American 0%
English 8.7%
Irish 11.8%

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

Fredericksburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles SW of Dale City, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 48 miles SW of Washington, District of Columbia
County
Standard Zip Codes 22401, 22405, 22406, 22407, 22408
P.O. Box Zip Codes 22402, 22403, 22404
Company Zip Codes 22412
Phone Area Codes 540
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.3
Longitude -77.49

Fredericksburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station FREDERICKSBURG NATL PK
Distance 2.5 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 45 F
Apr Temp 41 to 69 F
Jul Temp 65 to 90 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 42.7 inches
Station CORBIN
Distance 9.6 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 44 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 46 to 69 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches
Station COLONIAL BEACH
Distance 28.6 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 47 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 72 F
Annual Precip 42.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bowling Green 1,266 $55,000
Dumfries 5,158 $62,118
Port Royal 99 $2
Quantico 469 $58,500
Remington 619 $51,250

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

Fredericksburg Public Libraries

Library
Central Rappahannock Regional Library
1201 CAROLINE STREET
Fredericksburg, Virginia
(540) 372-1144
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Fredericksburg Hospitals

MARY WASHINGTON HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1001 SAM PERRY BLVD
(540) 741-1100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fredericksburg High Schools

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STAFFORD SR. HIGH
33 STAFFORD INDIAN LANE
540-371-7200
Serves 1,908 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

MASSAPONAX HIGH
8201 JEFFERSON DAVIS HWY
540-710-0419
Serves 1,869 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

CHANCELLOR HIGH
6300 HARRISON RD
540-786-2606
Serves 1,582 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

JAMES MONROE HIGH
2300 WASHINGTON AVE
540-372-1100
Serves 927 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

Fredericksburg Colleges

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Historic Fredericksburg

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Mary Washington house between 1910 and 1930

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Mary Washington house between 1910 and 1930

Pine Grove or Ferry Farm between 1900 and 1920

Kenmore between 1910 and 1930

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