You probably already knew that Winchester is an awesome place to live. It boasts a small-town charm, and it’s nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, surrounded by picturesque mountains. Yet, our little city is also a relatively quick drive from Washington D.C. and its plethora of museums, Michelin-starred restaurants and entertainment options. But did you know that Winchester is also beginning to attract national attention? Yup. Just check out these awards that have recently been bestowed on our city.
Named by Forbes as the 11th Best Small Metro Area for Business and Careers in 2018
Forbes compared a number of factors, including business and living costs, culture and leisure opportunities and education levels to determine which small cities in the United States were best for businesses and careers. And, boom, Winchester managed to land a very impressive 11th out of 200 cities in the nation, and it was also earned the top spot for the State of Virginia. The next closest Virginia metro area to make Forbes’ list was Charlottesville, which earned a 13th-place ranking. Winchester was also ranked number 14th out of 200 for the cost of doing business and earned a 37th place on the list for job growth.
Multiple Best Places to Retire in Virginia Awards
It’s not surprising that several different publications and websites — AARP, Niche.com and Where to Retire Magazine, to name just a few — have declared Winchester to be a wonderful place to retire. One publication, Reader’s Digest, is so enamored with Winchester that it included it on two different lists. In 2017, Winchester was one of Reader’s Digest’s “Best Places to Retire in America.” Then in 2018, our fair city was included on the publication’s “15 Cheapest Towns You’ll Actually Want to Retire In.” Reader’s Digest mentioned the city’s low property tax rates and an award-winning medical center as two of the many reasons why it felt Winchester is an excellent place for retirees.
Other reasons cited by these publications and websites include the wealth of outdoorsy activities that can be found in the general Winchester area, such as horse riding and hiking. And Kiplinger’s Personal Finance praised Winchester’s “small-town Southern charm and big-city amenities” when it included Winchester on its “10 Great Places to Retire” list. In addition, visitors to Niche.com’s website listed several reasons why they love living in Winchester, including “This place is full of history” and “Great scenery and near many places of interest.”
In 2017, our city was also featured in an article on Expedia about the best places to travel to in the spring. Expedia especially encouraged travelers to check out our city’s popular Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. For 2019, the 92nd annual celebration will be held from April 26 to May 5, and it will include more than 40 different events.
And, finally, is safety a concern of yours? Then you’ll be happy to know that Safehome.org included Winchester on its 2017 list of Safest Cities in the U.S, and it ranked it as the 19th safest city in Virginia.