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Winchester is an independent city.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after a town in England.

The latitude of Winchester is 39.185N. The longitude is -78.163W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 709 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 24,434.


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Median household income
Local
$34,335
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Winchester demographic reports
Winchester is in the Shenandoah Valley.
Winchester was settled by Quakers in 1732. George Washington had a surveying office here.

Important Civil War battles were fought here from 1862 to 1864. Gen. David Hunter ordered the burning of the city in 1864, but Maj. Joseph Stearns prevented it.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 73. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 3 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Richard Evelyn Byrd, explorer of the Antarctic
· Willa Cather, writer
· Patsy Cline, country singer
Local festivals include:
  • Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival - May 1-6, 2007
  • Peach Festival - Aug. 11-12, 2007
  • Harvest Festival - Oct. 13-14, 2007
Dates often change. Check Winchester web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, Kernstown Battlefield, Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters Museum, George Washington's Office Museum, Abram's Delight Museum
Colleges and universities: Shenandoah University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 98

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Ancestry & family history

17% of Winchester residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Winchester ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Winchester was $20,500, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

24% of Winchester residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Winchester include Winchester Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Winchester, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $454.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $948.


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Libraries in Winchester include Apple Blossom Mall Branch, Handley Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Winchester include Winchester Star

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Winchester City supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Winchester political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Winchester workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Winchester between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Winchester include Best Value Inn Winchester, Best Western Lee Jackson Motor Inn, Comfort Inn Winchester, Days Inn Winchester, Econo Lodge North, Fairfield Inn & Suites Winchester, Holiday Inn East, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Quality Inn, Shoneys Inn ... More hotels.

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