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Fredericksburg, VA

Fredericksburg, VA

Fredericksburg is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia located 49 miles (79 km) south of Washington, D.C., and 58 miles (93 km) north of Richmond. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Fredericksburg with neighboring Spotsylvania County for statistical purposes. It is a part of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

The city of Fredericksburg was named for Frederick, Prince of Wales, son of King George II and father of King George III. The colonial town's streets are named for the members of the royal family, and a forty-block national historic district in the city's downtown area contains more than 350 buildings dating to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Many Fredericksburg-area residents commute to work by car, bus, and rail to Richmond, Fairfax, Prince William County, and Arlington, as well as Washington, D.C. This has led to a long-standing debate in the area over whether or not Fredericksburg has become a part of Northern Virginia culturally.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.5 square miles (27.2 km²). None of the area is covered with water. The city is part of the boundary between the Piedmont and Tidewater regions, and as such is located on the fall line, as evidently seen on the Rappahannock River. US-1, US-17, and I-95 all pass through the city, which is located approximately 49 miles (79 km) from Washington, D.C.

The city is bounded on the north and east by the Rappahannock River; across the river is Stafford County; and is bounded on the south and west by Spotsylvania County.

Fredericksburg is actually an old Colonial town with a strong Civil War background. It's one of Virginia's prettiest historic towns, where elegant downtown streets are backed by residential avenues lined with white picket fences. Though the town itself only covers a few square miles, the urban areas surrounding the city are where the growth and development is located. Fredericksburg is closely linked to Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties both of which spread out many miles in all directions. In fact most people living in the surrounding area will tell you that they live in Fredericksburg (including the staff at SimplyFredericksburg). The Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford area is reported to be one of the fastest growing areas in the CommonWealth and in the top 20 in the nation. The growth can be attributed to several facts:
  1. A large portion of the Fredericksburg residents commute to the DC area.
  2. Three large military installations are nearby.
  3. Fredericksburg is home to several major companies.
Chatham Located near where the Rappahannock River crosses the Fall Line, Fredericksburg was a prominent port in Virginia during the colonial era. During the Civil War, the town, located halfway between the capitals of the opposing forces, was the site of the Battle of Fredericksburg and Second Battle of Fredericksburg, preserved in part as the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Tourism is a major part of the economy, with approximately 1.5 million people visiting the Fredericksburg area annually, including the battlefield park, the downtown visitor center, events, museums and historic sites.

Fredericksburg is home to several major commercial centers including Central Park (as of 2004, the second-largest mall on the East Coast) and Spotsylvania Towne Centre, located in Spotsylvania County adjacent to the city line. Major employers include the University of Mary Washington, Mary Washington Healthcare, and GEICO. Many Fredericksburg-area residents commute to work by car, bus, and rail to Washington DC, Fairfax, Prince William County, and Arlington, as well as Richmond. This has led to Fredericksburg becoming more culturally synonymous with the rest of Northern Virginia.

Spotsylvania Mall, off of I-95 exit 130, contains over 120 stores, including major department stores (Sears, JCPenney, Belk, Costco and Hecht's), boutiques and specialty shops. Central Park shopping area is located across from Spotsylvania Mall and is growing every day. Central Park includes Kohl's, Lowes, Target, PetsMart, Shoppers Club, Office Depot, Best Buy, Sports Authority, Men's Warehouse, Super WalMart and Borders Books. Massaponax Factory Outlet Stores, off I-95 exit 126, has approximately 20 outlet stores, including Bugle Boy, Corning Reeve and Rackroom Shoes. There are mall "general" stores located throughout the area.
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As of the census of 2000, there were 19,279 people, 8,102 households, and 3,925 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,833.0 people per square mile (707.6/km²). There were 8,888 housing units at an average density of 845.0 per square mile (326.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.18% White, 20.41% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 1.51% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.56% from other races, and 1.95% from two or more races. 4.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,102 households out of which 21.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.8% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 51.6% were non-families. 39.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the city the population was spread out with 17.8% under the age of 18, 23.8% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 81.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,585, and the median income for a family was $47,148. Males had a median income of $33,641 versus $25,037 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,527. 15.5% of the population and 10.4% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 19.9% of those under the age of 18 and 8.8% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
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Total Population 23,237
Population Density 2,209 Persons/Sq. Mile
Female Population 12,739
Male Population 10,497
Population Change since 1990 ↑ 23% Increase
Population Change since 2000 ↑ 21% Increase
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Nearest 2-Year Public College Germanna Community College
Distance 17 miles
Nearest 4-Year Public College University Of Mary Washington
Distance 0 miles
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Households & Income

Total Number of Households 9,172
Family Households 4,390
Average Family Size 3.02
Average Household Income $60,350
Median Household Income $42,894
Income Change since 1990 ↑ 61% Increase
Income Change since 2000 ↑ 23% Increase
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Crime Rates Compared to National Average

The National Average is designated 1.0 - A value of 2.0 represents twice as much risk while a value of 0.5 represents half as much risk.

Total Crime Risk 0.67
Crime Risk (County) 0.67
Personal Crime Risk (County) 0.63
Murder Crime Risk (County) 0.72
Rape Crime Risk (County) 1.21
Robbery Crime Risk (County) 0.49
Assault Crime Risk (County) 0.78
Property Crime Risk (County) 0.55
Burglary Crime Risk (County) 0.40
Larceny Crime Risk (County) 0.69
Motor Vehicle Theft Risk (County) 0.34
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Fredericksburg has a four-season humid subtropical climate, with slightly cool winters and hot, humid summers. Note that some of the statistics for the city centre may be different than what is presented below due to the park location of the station used.

Average July High Temperature 89.6 °F
Average January Low Temperature 22.9 °F
Annual Precipitation 42.7 inches
Air Pollution Index 83% of National Average
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Sales Tax Rate 5.00%
Nearest Airport Washington Dulles International
Distance 45 miles
Nearest Major Sports Team Potomac Nationals (a)
Distance 25 miles
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Central Park

Central Park is a shopping complex in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with over 255 businesses. The complex is located near the intersection of Interstate 95 and State Route 3. Many national big-box stores, restaurants, and smaller local businesses occupy the Central Park complex. The complex has 2,200,000 square feet (200,000 m2) of leased retail space. The complex's developer, the Silver Companies, describes Central Park as "The East Coast's Largest Power Retail Center". In the 2004 rankings from the American Studies Department at Eastern Connecticut State University, Central Park was ranked as the largest unenclosed mall (and the second largest mall) on the East Coast, and as the seventh largest mall in the United States.

Fredericksburg, VA Central Park also includes a Holiday Inn Select Hotel, and a Hilton Garden Inn, with three more hotels scheduled to open in the next few years. In late January 2006, the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center opened, giving the Fredericksburg region its first convention center. Central park is also home to Central Park Funland which is a small family fun park consisting of indoor/outdoor entertainment. Outdoor attractions consist of go karts, batting cages, and mini golf, while the indoor area offers an array of activities, to include Laser Tag, mini bowling games, a rollercoaster simulator and hundreds of arcade games and small children's rides. Fun Land also hosts children's birthday parties, and group rates for corporate, church or sporting event gatherings, with private event rooms to accommodate.

Central Park was developed by the Silver Companies. (Carl D. Silver Parkway, the primary road through Central Park, is named after the founder and owner of the Silver Companies.) Before the complex was developed, the site was occupied by a Sheraton Hotel and a golf course. The complex was begun in 1995, and is still expanding and growing. Central Park is now a 310-acre (1.3 km2) power center. It serves as the retail shopping and primary dining component of the 2,400-acre (10 km2) mega-development Celebrate Virginia, which uses the slogan "North America's Largest Retail Resort" and spans Stafford County, the Rappahannock River, and the City of Fredericksburg. Across Route 3 from Central Park is the older Spotsylvania Mall, which has undergone extensive renovation to become the Spotsylvania Towne Centre.

Many area residents complain that the developers did not make adequate allowances for the increase in traffic caused by the complex. Residents and travelers in the area are often frustrated by the congestion along the Route 3 corridor near the Interstate 95 interchange.