Goochland is a census-designated community in Central Virginia, about 30 miles northwest of Richmond. As the seat of Goochland County, the community has many annual events, restaurants, historical sites, and other great amenities for locals to enjoy. Its location also puts residents in easy reach of outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as all of the fun opportunities nearby in the state capital.
Climate and Geography
Like most of Virginia, the community has a humid subtropical climate characterized by hot, humid summers and chilly winters. Residents of Goochland can expect a slightly more-than-average amount of rainfall, less-than-average snowfall, and around 206 sunny days each year.
Goochland County is located within the Piedmont Plateau, and the surrounding terrain is mostly made up of rocky foothills and wooded areas. The James River runs along the southwest border of the community.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Goochland is a small, rural community and residents can enjoy the serene, natural setting and access to canoeing, camping, and hiking trails at nearby Powhatan State Park, situated along a bend in the James River.
Some of the popular local attractions include Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Byrd Cellars, Elk Island Winery, Clover Forest Plantation, and Rasawek Hunting Preserve. Furthermore, Goochland has a senior connection program which offers active adults a wide variety of assistance, advocacy, and support services, among other resources.
The state capital, Richmond, is about 45 minutes away from the community, providing a perfect opportunity for day trips and weekend getaways in the city.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Goochland is lower than the state and national average. Factors like grocery, housing, and transportation are low, while health care and utilities are slightly higher.
The effective income tax rate is 4.83 percent for single filers and 5.38 percent for joint filers. Retirement income like social security benefits are not taxed and railroad retirement benefits are also exempt.
Homeowners 65+ may qualify for a property tax exemption and deferral programs.
Hospitals servicing the Goochland local area include Hallmark Youthcare-Richmond Hospital, the closest hospital at 17.5 miles away. Other hospitals include Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, Sheltering Arms Hospital South, and Henrico Doctors Hospital which are within a 25-mile radius.