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Glen Allen is a census-designated place in Central Virginia. A suburb of Richmond, retirees enjoy Glen Allen's proximity to the amenities and events of the big city. In addition, Glen Allen is a popular retirement destination because of its local farmers market, winery, and cultural arts center.
Climate & Geography
Glen Allen has a humid subtropical climate characterized by hot, humid summers and cool to cold winters. Mountains to the west help prevent extreme outbreaks of cold winter temperatures. The city receives approximately 43 inches of rain and 10 inches of snow throughout the year.
The Chickahominy River borders Glen Allen to the north. The region has low rolling hills and is situated between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and the Chesapeake Bay to the east.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Glen Allen active adults have several options for getting outside. General Sheppard Crump Memorial Park is known for its historic grounds, and the nearby Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has various trails through its flower gardens.
Residents enjoy amenities like a weekly farmers market and a local winery. The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen and Meadow Farm Museum are popular historic destinations. For shopping, residents head to the Creeks at Virginia Centre for name-brand and designer boutiques.
Residents looking for even more cultural events, gourmet dining, and shopping centers can drive 20 minutes to Richmond.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Glen Allen is higher than average. This is mainly because of high housing costs.
Virginia is a tax-friendly state for retirees. Social Security benefits are not taxed, and all other forms of retirement income are eligible for deductions of up to $12,000. Property taxes in the state are below average, and retirees over 65 may qualify for additional property tax breaks. Virginia's sales taxes are among the lowest in the country.
The Richmond metro area ranks in the top 95 communities of Gallup's Well-Being Index.
There are no hospitals in Glen Allen, but nearby Richmond has several hospitals that are rated high performing by U.S. News. These include Henrico Doctors' Hospital, Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital, and Chippenham Hospital.