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Waynesboro is strategically located in the I-81 corridor in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  The city has a growing population of 21,000 amidst a labor pool of over 250,000 and is adjacent to 2 interstate highways, 3 railroads, 4 by-ways, and 5 airports allowing for easy and efficient connection to the world.  The City is surrounded by 13 colleges and universities, has a strong heritage of manufacturing excellence, and is quickly becoming a regional retail center and tourism hub. Waynesboro is part of the Staunton–Waynesboro MSA.

Significant regional assets enhance the area’s quality of life and productivity.

  • Six colleges and universities are within a one-hour drive, including the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program at Blue Ridge Community College
  • Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) is a 30 minute drive and provides one stop service to the world
  • Augusta Health is a top 100 independent community hospital.

Transportation is a key to our success.

  • The City is immediately accessed by three exits off I64 and is adjacent to the intersection of I-81 and I-64.
  • The CSX (operated by the Buckingham Branch) and the Norfolk and Southern lines intersect in the city.
  • The world famous Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah’s National Park Skyline Drive meet a few miles out of town
  • State routes 340 and 250 are major by-ways and intersect in the City
  • Five airports are located within 2.5 hours, offering domestic, international, and general aviation services.

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Waynesboro City Schools

Enrollment (Six Schools plus PK) 2012-2013 3,178
    Pre-school 160
    Elementary School (4) 1,675
    Middle School (1) 644
    High School (1) 859
Spending per Student
    Total $9,770
    Instructional $6,155
Student Teacher Ratio 14
Source: Virginia Department of Education and


The Virginia Department of Social Services maintains a list of providers.


Name Location Description
Valley Career and Technical Center Fishersville


Name L* Grade Size Tuition
ARCH Academy S K to 12 depending on services
C.F. Richards Junior Academy S Pre-K to 8 40 $4,500/yr
Faith Primary School W K-5
Fishburne Military School W 7 to 12 & PG (boys) $15,240-$26,400 depending on boarding status
Good Shepherd School W Pre-K to 12 $4,276/yr
Grace Christian School S Pre-K to 12 312 $3,260-$6,558 depending on grade
King’s Academy W K to 12
Midway Bible Baptist Church School F Pre-K to 12 49
Montessori School of Waynesboro W Pre-K to K 24
Mountain View Academy S Pre-K to 7
Pilgrim Christian School D K-12 49
Ridgeview Christian School D Pre-K to 12 148 $4,800/yr
St. John’s Episcopal Primary School W K-4 26
Staunton Montessori School S Pre-K to 6 80 $4,434-$7,850 depending on grade
Stuart Hall School S K to 12 318 $5,700-$49,500 depending on boarding status

Location Code: W- Waynesboro; S – Staunton; F – Fishersville; D – Stuarts Draft

Source: Chamber of Commerce and Waynesboro ED
Strategic Location

Waynesboro’s strategic location makes it easy to do business and take advantage of an exceptional quality of life.

There are numerous festivals, activities, and recreational opportunities within city limits, and the city is surrounded by national parks and forests, historic venues, and is the gateway to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  There are plenty of things to do and see.

Getting your product to the marketplace is easy:

Four interstate exits provide access to the city
Two railroads railroads offer access to all points
Five airports provide general aviation and commercial service
A variety of motor freight and third party providers
Much of the east coast and midwest is within one-day truck distance

Distance to major cities:

City Miles KM
Atlanta 508 818
Boston 609 980
Charlotte 281 452
Chicago 708 1,139
Columbus 375 604
Detroit 568 914
Indianapolis 524 843
Jacksonville 625 1,006
Memphis 731 1,176
New York 382 615
Philadelphia 320 515
Pittsburg 289 465
Richmond 100 161
Savannah 494 795
Washington DC 145 233

Nestled comfortably in the Virginia Shenandoah Valley, Waynesboro has a beautiful four season climate with warm summers and mild winters.

  • July average temperature is 71.5
  • January average temperature is 37.3
  • Average annual rainfall is 34.1 with an average 5.3 inches of snow

From the comfortable surroundings of a vintage home in the famed Tree Streets, to a downtown condo, to residential neighborhoods, or the spaciousness of a home on acreage, Waynesboro and the surrounding area provides many options.

For relocation information, visit the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce relocation guide. Or for information on apartments and rental properties, click here.

Cost of Living
The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) produces the Cost of Living Index to provide a useful and accurate measure of living cost differences among urban areas. The Cost of Living Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for all participating places, both metropolitan and non-metropolitan, equals 100. Each participant’s index is read as a percentage of the average for all places. The index does not measure inflation, and data from different quarters cannot be compared because the number and mix of participants change quarterly.

Cost of Living Index — 2018 Q1

Urban Area and State  
 100% Composite Index    13.47% Grocery Items    28.15% Housing    9.90% Utilities    8.99% Transportation   4.57% Health Care    34.92% Misc. Goods & Services  
Harrisonburg VA Metro
Harrisonburg VA
101.4 97.6 95.9 100.0 86.7 104.9 110.9

Staunton-Waynesboro VA Metro
Staunton-Augusta County VA








NonMetro US
Lexington-Bueno Vista-Rockbridge VA
94.4 89.1 88.0 101.0 84.9 99.8 101.4
Charlottesville VA  Metro
Charlottesville VA
101.9 99.4 103.4 98.5 84.8 107.1 106.2
Richmond VA Metro
Richmond VA
95.3 87.1 87.9 96.5 94.6 113.1 102.0
DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Division
Alexandria VA
Arlington VA
The index is compiled by C2ER – The Council for Community and Economic Research

Augusta Health

Augusta Health, an independent and community-owned health system that employs more than 2000 residents, has focused on bringing high quality, nationally-recognized healthcare close to home since opening its doors in 1994.

Its mission ‘to improve the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care’ is realized through providing vital, comprehensive services to the region:

  • The Augusta Health Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders, a DukeHealth affiliate, has full cancer accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer with additional recognition as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Center provides chemotherapy, hematology and infusion services, and state-of-the-art radiation therapy along with the supportive services that make it a truly comprehensive cancer center:  a dedicated dietitian, a social worker and support groups, an onsite pharmacy and nurse navigators to help patients through their journey.
  • The Heart & Vascular Center provides high quality diagnostic and therapeutic care—angioplasty and stenting, cardiac catheterization, cardiac stress testing, non-invasive testing (EKG, Echocardiograms and Dopplers), electrophysiology (ablation, pacemakers, treatment and management of Atrial fibrillation), cardiac rehab and full-service cardiology care and management.
  • The Joint Center offers patient-focused total knee and total hip replacements with excellent patient outcomes.
  • A Robotic Surgery Program for minimally invasive surgery in areas such as urology, gynecology and general surgery. Advantages of robotic surgery are fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, less pain and blood loss and a quicker recovery for patients.
  • An employed physician group, Augusta Medical Group, with primary care and specialty physician offices throughout Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County. One practice, Workplace Wellness, provides occupational health services in office and onsite at businesses.
  • An Emergency Department that cares for approximately 60,000 patients each year.
  • Four Urgent Care Centers in Staunton, Stuarts Draft, Waynesboro and Weyers Cave, to provide care for unplanned, but non-emergency, injuries and illnesses every day.
  • An active Community Outreach to address the region’s greatest health needs with innovative programs such as the AMI Farm at Augusta Health, an on-campus working farm that provides fresh vegetables and produce for patients, staff and special programs.
  • Additional facilities and services, including a Fitness Center, a robust rehab and therapy division, an Intensive Care Unit and Skilled Nursing Unit, Hospice of the Shenandoah and the Shenandoah House, and the Augusta Health Sleep Center to deliver needed services to the community.

For information about all Augusta Health services and facilities, please visit their website,

Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center

WWRC is one of only eight state operated comprehensive vocational rehabilitation centers in the nation. The center’s vision is to be the preferred provider for vocational rehabilitation for Virginians with disabilities. WWRC provides comprehensive medical- to-work, assessment, transition, and training services to individuals with various disabilities to help gain independence through employment. WWRC has emerged as a vital role in assisting the DARS agency in reaching WIOA measures such as measurable skill gains and workforce credentials. WWRC operates on a campus that is over 200 acres, providing residential housing in both the dorms and attendant care unit and maintain and average daily census of more than 330 consumers per day.


Link to Waynesboro GIS : layers include tax parcels, zoning, water, sewer, storm water, flood plain, topo, aerials, school district, and wards.


Economic Development Office

Cities Reached in One Day Truck Distance


City Land Use

City Zoning

Incentive Zones

Enterprise Zones:

City Overview

Area 1

Area 2


Tourism Development Zone:

City Overview


East Main


Downtown Districts

HUB Zone

City Map with Census Tracts


Commuting to Waynesboro


Downtown Districts

CDBG Program Area

Things to Do

The City of Waynesboro and surrounding area offers a plethora of activities.  Visit the City Tourism website to learn more about shopping, outdoor recreation, presidential museums, Civil War battlefields, wineries, fishing, and much more.

Public Safety

The City of Waynesboro provides outstanding public safety services for it’s citizens and businesses through four departments: Emergency Management, Police, Fire, and Sheriff.

Emergency Management

Receives and dispatches 911 calls and is responsible for the coordination of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and for Emergency Management (disaster preparedness/planning, response, recovery, and mitigation) and local Homeland Security initiatives.


The department has 33 paid fire fighters and a volunteer unit. ISO rating is 4.


The department has 49 sworn officers, 12 civilian staff, and a reserve unit.  Crime statistics are available here.


The sheriff’s office is responsible for all matters relating to the courts.


Waynesboro is strategically located to reach the global marketplace via a variety of transportation options.  Click here to learn more about the strategic advantages of each option.

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Global Marketplace

International Trade Services

Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) promotes international trade for companies throughout Virginia.  Their mission is to increase the number of Virginia companies selling overseas and their volume of international business.  They assist both new and experienced exporters enter international markets.  They identify new markets, develop market strategies and locate distributors and representatives for products or services-all at little to no cost.  Virginia businesses interested in increasing international sales benefit from our export development programs, publications, resources, and market research.

Foreign Trade Zone

Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) 185 site 3 is located at Solutions Place in the northeast section of the City.

Depending on your product specifications and import/export needs, the FTZ can offer a variety of tax and or customs duties savings.

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