West Springfield is a small town in Fairfax County, Virginia, and a part of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Its relaxed atmosphere, historical appeal, and local attractions make it a desirable retirement destination.
Climate & Geography
In West Springfield, summers are warm and humid, while winters can be very cold. This region also experiences more snowfall than the national average.
The town is located in the Piedmont region east of the Appalachian Mountains. The surrounding terrain is mostly rolling, rocky foothills and deep stream valleys. It is bordered by Accotink Creek to the east and Pohick Creek to the west, and the Potomac River runs just south and east of the city.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
West Springfield is home to a quaint downtown, local businesses and quiet neighborhoods. There are also many nature areas including Hidden Pond Nature Center and Lake Accotink Park. Whether it's hiking, swimming, fishing, or sightseeing, residents have plenty of options to stay active. Golfers can tee off at the Springfield Golf & Country Club.
The town’s main shopping mall is the Springfield Town Center. Here, residents can find various shops, restaurants, and monthly events. Residents can also catch a bus tour, or drive themselves, to visit the historic U.S capitol city, Washington D.C., and all its landmarks and amenities.
Cost of Living & Taxes
West Springfield’s overall cost of living is well above the national average, with the cost of housing and homes being the most significant factor at roughly double the average. While groceries and transportation costs are also above average, health care and utilities are just below.
Virginia is known as a tax-friendly state for retirees because of their modest property tax rates and low sales taxes. In fact, it ranks among the top 20 states with the lowest property tax rates. Additionally, there is no tax on Social Security benefits or retirement income. The combined sales tax rate in West Springfield is 6.3 percent.
Virginia frequently ranks among the top states in Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
There are 12 highly-rated hospitals and medical centers within a 15 mile radius of West Springfield, including one which is nationally ranked by U.S News: Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church.