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Overview

Introduction to Winchester, Virginia

Winchester, Virginia is 43 miles W of Frederick, Maryland (center to center) and 64 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia.

Winchester History

Winchester had its earliest settlers around 1729. They consisted primarily of Quakers, Scots-Irish homesteaders, and Germans. Jost Hite is believed to be the first German settler who arrived in this area in 1732. He brought along ten more families including a few Scots-Irish. These settlements became known as Frederick Town in 1738. The area received the city charter from the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1750 and was renamed Winchester.

Winchester and nearby Attractions

  • War Memorial Building
  • Town Run
  • Kernstown Battlefield
  • Winchester Historic District
  • Winchester Recreation Park
  • Glen Burnie Museum

Things To Do In Winchester

There are several points of historical interests in Winchester where visitors can learn interesting facts about local and national history. There are several parks in the city which are well equipped and provide a wide range of facilities. The city's Parks and Recreation Department organizes entertainment programs, sports tournaments, and athletic events throughout the year.

Winchester Transportation

Washington Dulles International Airport is the nearest airport.

Winchester Higher Education

The local institution providing higher education is Shenandoah University. Others in the neighborhood include Lord Fairfax Community College and Shepherd College.

People

Total Population 27,168
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 12,477
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 41.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.3%
Median Earnings25+ $31,524
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,253
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,741

Wealth

Median Family Income $57,444
% Above Poverty Level 84%
% Below Poverty Level 16%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.6%
Median Gross Rent $936
Median House Value $216,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.2%
US/American 0%
English 11.8%
Irish 10.5%

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

Winchester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 43 miles W of Frederick, Maryland (center to center)
Nearest Large City 64 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia
County
Standard Zip Codes 22601, 22602, 22603
P.O. Box Zip Codes 22604, 22638
Phone Area Codes 540
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.18
Longitude -78.16

Winchester 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 WINCHESTER WINC
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 63 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches
Station WINCHESTER 7 SE
Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 41 F
Apr Temp 39 to 65 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 68 F
Annual Precip 39.1 inches
Station BERRYVILLE
Distance 9.7 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 40 F
Apr Temp 40 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 66 F
Annual Precip 38.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berryville 4,267 $87,647
Boyce 775 $82,679
Front Royal 14,846 $57,450
Middletown 1,537 $70,096
Strasburg 6,506 $60,426

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

Winchester Public Libraries

Library
Handley Regional Library
"100 W. PICCADILLY ST., P. O. BOX 58"
Winchester, Virginia
(540) 662-9041
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Winchester Hospitals

WINCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
220 CAMPUS BLVD SUITE 210
(540) 536-7654
Emergency Service: Yes

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Winchester High Schools

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JAMES WOOD HIGH
161 APPLE PIE RIDGE RD
540-667-5226
Serves 1,133 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.2

JOHN HANDLEY HIGH
425 HANDLEY BLVD
540-662-3471
Serves 1,071 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

MILLBROOK HIGH
251 FIRST WOODS DR.
540-545-2800
Serves 970 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

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