Manassas is a city in Northern Virginia just west of Washington, D.C. Its prime location and historic district have made it an attractive option for retirees. Besides that, the city is home to a quaint downtown, multiple museums, and plenty of outdoor attractions.
Climate and Geography
Manassas has a humid subtropical climate characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. Residents can expect 43 inches of rain, 22 inches of snow, and 196 sunny days per year.
The city is in a low-lying, flat part of the Piedmont region. There are heavily forested woods surrounding Manasses, including the Manassas National Battlefield Park to the north and the Prince William Forst Park to the south.
Recreation, Culture, and Entertainment
As a historic town, residents of Manassas enjoy many cultural sites, landmarks, and buildings. Some of the most popular include Manassas National Battlefield Park, the Freedom Museum, and the Ben Lomond Historic Site. Old Town Manasses is the city's historic district and features everything from civil war monuments to modern gourmet eateries. This neighborhood also hosts community events.
Retirees can shop at Manassas Mall as well as local antique stores. Other popular amenities in Manassas include a summer farmers market, several breweries and wineries, and the seasonal events at Bull Run Regional Park.
For more entertainment, shops, and historic sites, residents can head an hour to D.C. by car or train.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Manassas is higher than the national and state average. This is due to high housing, transportation, and grocery costs.
Virginia is a tax-friendly state because it does not tax Social Security benefits and offers large deductions on all other retirement income. Property taxes are low, and there is a tax relief program aimed at retirees. In addition, the sales tax in Manassas is lower than average at 6 percent.
The D.C. metro area scores well on Gallup’s Well-Being Index, ranking in the top 22 communities.
Manassas is home to UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center, which is rated high performing by U.S News. Other high performing hospitals within a 15-mile radius of Manassas are Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, and Inova Fairfax Hospital, which is nationally ranked.