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Winchester, Virginia

Winchester is an independent city located in the northwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the USA. Winchester is the county seat of Frederick County and the principal city of the Winchester, Virginia-West Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a part of the Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV Combined Statistical Area. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Winchester with surrounding Frederick County for statistical purposes. Winchester is home to Shenandoah University and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

Apple Blossom Parade

Winchester is located at 39°10'42"N 78°10'00"W. It is in the Shenandoah Valley, between the Blue Ridge and the Appalachian Mountains. I-81 passes through the city, along with US 50, US 522, US 17, which ends in the city, and VA 7, which also ends in the city. The city is approximately 75 miles (121 km) to the west of Washington, D.C.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.3 square miles (24.2 km²), all of it land. Winchester is the location of the annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, which has existed since 1924 and draws approximately 250,000 visitors to the area. The festival includes a carnival, the longest fireman's parade and the third longest grand feature parade in the U.S., several dances and parties, and a coronation where the Apple Blossom Queen is crowned. Local school systems and many businesses close the Friday of Apple Blossom weekend.
Winchester has more than 20 different "artistic" apples that are made of various materials including wood, rubber pipe, plaster, and paint. These apples were created in 2005 by occupants of the city, and were placed at a specific location at the artists' request after being auctioned off. For example, a bright red apple with a large stethoscope attached to it was placed beside a much-used entrance to the Winchester Medical Center.

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Total Population 26,135
Population Density 2,800 Persons/Sq. Mile
Female Population 50.90%
Population Change since 1990 ↑ 16% Increase
Population Change since 2000 ↑ 8% Increase
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Households & Income

Total Number of Households 10,736
Family Households 6,010
Average Family Size 2.96
Average Household Income $58,575
Median Household Income $44,250
Income Change since 1990 ↑ 69% Increase
Income Change since 2000 ↑ 29% Increase
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Crime Rates Compared to National Average

The National Average is designated 1.0 - A value of 2.0 represents twice as much risk while a value of 0.5 represents half as much risk.

Total Crime Risk 1.11
Personal Crime Risk 0.50
Murder Crime Risk 0
Rape Crime Risk 1.01
Robbery Crime Risk 0.56
Assault Crime Risk 0.38
Property Crime Risk 1.24
Burglary Crime Risk 0.80
Larceny Crime Risk 1.54
Motor Vehicle Theft Risk 0.36
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Winchester, Virginia is a good place to live in with its acceptable level of annual temperature change.

Average July High Temperature 85.0 °F
Average January Low Temperature 22.2 °F
Annual Precipitation 36.40 inches
Air Pollution Index 79% of National Average
High School

Winchester is home to a number of "classic" restaurants that have changed little over the years.
One such restaurant is the Triangle Diner on West Gerrard Street. Built in 1948 by the Jerry O'Mahony company, it is the oldest stainless steel style O'Mahony diner in the state of Virginia. The name "Triangle Diner" is derived from the fact that the diner sits on a triangular piece of land across from Handley High School. The diner was undergoing historic restoration by a new owner and was slated to re-open in early 2010.
Another popular 50's style restaurant is the 1949 Snow White Grill on Loudoun Street. It is known for its mini-burgers with fresh ground beef, sliced grilled onions, pickles and steamed rolls.
Winchester is home to the Winchester Royals of the Valley Baseball League.