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Retire in Christiansburg, Virginia?
Overview: Inviting Christiansburg is an easygoing but growing town in the lush rolling landscape of western Virginia. It started out in 1792 as a stop along the Great Wilderness Road and was once home to Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone.
The town has a code that says that it should be clean, safe and financially sound with engaged citizens. These tenets all seem to be well in place because residents take pride in living here. The downtown stretches along Main Street and is attractive with one and two story buildings and a church with a white steeple. New River Valley Mall has movie theaters, Belk, J.C. Penney and the new campus of New River Community College. Spradlin Farms Shopping Center has a Barnes and Noble, Target, Pier One and more. High school sports are an important part of community life, and green spaces, trails and parks inside and outside of town give residents plenty of places to stay active. Restaurants include national chains and locally owned grilles, seafood places, Mexican joints and drive-ins.
Neighborhoods have a rural quality, and homes are primarily ranch ramblers and raised ranch ramblers. Heritage Place is a subdivision with elegant homes, spacious lots and long driveways. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is just eight miles to the north in Blacksburg and has football games, theater events and more.
Population: 22,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 34%
Cost of Living: 5% below the national average
Median Home Price: $165,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s and 30s. On average, the area receives 40 inches of rain and 23 inches of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes. There is also an on demand van service, and a trolley runs between Christiansburg and Blacksburg.
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
Is Virginia Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Notes: Some of the recent growth has come from Blacksburg transplants, particularly Virginia Tech employees. Racial diversity is minimal. Interstate 81 runs to the south of Christiansburg, ensuring easy access to Roanoke.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The Commonwealth of Virginia is on the southern Atlantic coast. Nicknames include Old Dominion and Mother of Presidents (eight American presidents were born here). The motto for the state is Sic Semper Tyrannis, meaning Thus Always to Tyrants. This motto is on both the state's seal (designed in 1776) and the state's flag (first used in the 1830s).
The Virginia Company established the Colony of Virginia and Jamestown in 1607. The state was one of the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolution and joined the Confederacy during the Civil War. Richmond was even named the Confederate capital. Today, the Virginia General Assembly is the oldest continuous legislative body in the Western world.
Western Virginia has a distictly rural, southern feeling while eastern Virgina is home to military installations and northern Virginia is where many Washington, D.C. lobbyists and government workers live.
The Blue Ridge Mountains, Chesapeake Bay, the Shenandoah Valley and miles of eastern shore beaches are Virginia highlights.
Population - 8,411,808
Persons 65 years old and over - 15%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 88%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 36%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%
White persons, not Hispanic - 62%
Median household income - $65,015
Median home value - $245,000
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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