With a population of just over 28,000 people, the historic town of Fredericksburg, Virginia, blends the past and the present seamlessly together in one charming and scenic area. Don’t let the small-town population fool you, however; Fredericksburg is a sought-after location for those who work in the larger surrounding cities of Richmond and Washington, D.C. with home values averaging just over $314,000 and median monthly rent around $1,045. Steeped in a rich past due to its strategic location between the capitals of the North and South during the Civil War, it was also home to the Battle of Fredericksburg and the Second Battle of Fredericksburg. This tumultuous time in the city’s history prompted its nickname: America’s Most Historic City.
Fredericksburg young population (under 18) makes up nearly 20% of the total population, with a higher-than national average of high school grads in the city, at about 90% in Fredericksburg and 86% nationwide. The city is home to the University of Mary Washington (opened in 1911), as well as several great secondary, elementary, and private schools, such as: James Monroe High School, Lafayette Upper Elementary School, Fredericksburg Academy, and Lighthouse Academy. Because Fredericksburg is a tourist mecca, just a few of its top things to visit include: Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, the Rising Sun Tavern, historic Chatham Manor, and Kenmore Plantation & Gardens.