Woodbridge resides in Northern Virginia just south of Washington D.C. along the Potomac River. The town offers peaceful nature areas like the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Leesylvania State Park, which provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Woodbridge offers its own shopping mall, Potomac Mills, that features a variety of shops and restaurants. Besides that, Washington D.C. is just a drive away from Woodridge, making it easy for residents to experience the advantages of city life when desired.
Climate & Geography
Woodbridge experiences all four seasons, with warmer summers and cooler winters. The city receives slightly less sunny days per year than the national average, more rainfall than average, and less snowfall.
Woodbridge is located on Virginia’s northeastern coast, southwest of Washington D.C. The city is near several bodies of water, as it is along the coast of the Occoquan Bay, Belmont Bay and Neabsco Creek, which all spill into the Potomac River.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Woodbridge is rich in stunning natural scenery. Leesylvania State Park borders the Potomac River, offering locals scenic views of the water. The park allows activities like hiking, fishing, and boating. Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge serves as a temporary home to various species of birds. Visitors can spot the migrating birds while they hike along the refuge’s trails.
Aside from an abundance of natural areas, Woodbridge is home to many shopping and entertainment options. Potomac Mills is Woodbridge’s mall that offers over 200 stores and restaurants. There are a number of community events and festivals that take place in Woodbridge throughout the year. Those looking to learn more about the area’s history will want to explore Rippon Lodge Historical Site. The house was built over 250 years ago, and tours are offered from May to October.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Overall cost of living in Woodbridge is higher than the state and national averages. The price of housing has the biggest impact on raising the cost of living as the median home cost in Woodbridge is above the state and national average. Sales tax in Woodbridge is lower than average at 6.00 percent. Income tax in Virginia can range from 2.00 percent to 5.75 percent, while Social Security is not taxed in Virginia.
The state of Virginia is rated about average on Gallup’s Well-Being Index, while the Washington D.C. area is rated high on Gallup’s Well-Being Index, coming in as one of the top 25 cities in the country.
There are several hospitals located in Woodbridge, including Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Potomac Hospital, and Sentara Lake Ridge.