Haymarket is a retirement destination in Northern Virginia nestled in between nature and suburban neighborhoods and filled with small-town charm. This charm is showcased through door decorating contests, annual town festivals, and community walks for charity.
Climate & Geography
Residents of Haymarket experience a humid subtropical climate type, which means summers are warm and humid, while winters are cold with frequent fluctuations in temperature. There is more rainfall and less snow in the town than the national average.
Located west of the Washington D.C. metro area, in the Piedmont region, Haymarket is near the first foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lake Manassas is just south of the town.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Haymarket has a very close-knit community with many annual events held for residents to enjoy. For example, each year the town is filled with over 20,000 spectators and 200 vendors to celebrate Haymarket Day. The celebration features a parade, performers and food. Haymarket Music Fest features a variety of music, local vendors, a silent auction, and craft vendors. Members of the community can participate in annual walks for breast cancer and law enforcement suicide awareness.
The ARTS at the Haymarket Museum showcases a new artist every month in an effort to offer a wide variety of art exposure.
For a day trip, Washington D.C. is less than an hour away, providing even more opportunities for shopping, recreation, and entertainment in the nation's capital.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Haymarket is higher than the state and national average. Housing is the main factor for the cost of living difference.
Virginia is considered a tax-friendly state for retirees. Social Security benefits are not taxed in Virginia. Residents who are 65+ can deduct up to $12,000 per person of income, subject to income-eligibility limits. There is a 6 percent sales tax in Haymarket.
Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center and Novant UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center are located within 10 miles of Haymarket. The latter medical center is rated high performing, according to U.S. News.