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Historical Trends & Data

Numbers only tell part of the story, but here you’ll find the economic, demographic, and other data for the City of Waynesboro, Staunton – Waynesboro MSA, and State of Virginia.  To provide the most current information in an interactive format, we have contracted with data providers Statebook Internatonal and Localintel.  Feel free to view, print, or download any of the tables or charts.  Looking for something else? Contact us and we will try to help.

Historical Data

View charts of historical data and trends of selected demographics by clicking the links below.

Labor Force Participaton Rate
Median Household Income
Per Capita Income

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 — 2019 Q1

Urban Area and State  
 100% Composite Index    13.40% Grocery Items    29.34% Housing    8.94% Utilities   9.22% Transportation   4.26% Health Care    34.84% Misc. Goods & Services  
Harrisonburg VA Metro
Harrisonburg VA
95.8 96.0 92.1 100.9 84.3 104.3 99.4
Staunton-Waynesboro VA Metro
Staunton-Augusta County VA
96.1 90.0 92.1 108.4 91.0 93.2 100.4
NonMetro US
Lexington-Bueno Vista-Rockbridge VA
93.4 86.2 85.9 102.1 86.3 98.9 101.5
Charlottesville VA Metro- Charlottesville VA 100.0 102.9 105.4 97.8 68.8 102.1 102.8
Richmond VA Metro
Richmond VA
93.0 88.1 85.2 96.4 83.9 109.0 101.1
DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Division
Alexandria VA
Arlington VA




The index is compiled by C2ER – The Council for Community and Economic Research

Colleges and Universities

Blue Ridge Community College

Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) has programs that include associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in occupational/technical and college/university transfer programs. The college also provides non-credit workforce training and special interest classes for individuals, business, and industry.

The BRCC Online Outpost, located at 110 N. Wayne Avenue, offers residents of Waynesboro and the surrounding region a convenient location for assistance in applying to BRCC and enrolling in courses, as well as access to high-speed internet for those taking BRCC online classes or needing to do testing for the college.  For more information call 540-453-0263.

Mary Baldwin University

Mary Baldwin University (MBU) is a small, coeducational university offering a range of degree programs from bachelor to doctoral, serving a vibrant student population on the main campus and in the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences.

A Variety of Nearby Options

There are 39 colleges and universities within a 2 1/2-hour drive offering a wide variety of programs and degrees.  For up-to-date enrollment, graduates, and degrees conferred, please click here.

Within 30 minutes
Blue Ridge Community College
Bridgewater College
Eastern Mennonite University
James Madison University
Mary Baldwin University
University of Virginia

Within 30-60 minutes
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Lord Fairfax Community College
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Southern Virginia University
Sweet Briar College
Virginia Military Institute
Washington and Lee University

One hour plus
Central Virginia Community College
Christendom College
Germanna Community College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hollins University
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
John Tyler Community College
Liberty University
Longwood University
Patrick Henry College
Radford University
Randolph College
Randolph-Macon College
Richard Bland College
Roanoke College
Shenandoah University
Union Presbytery Seminary
University of Lynchburg
University of Mary Washington
University of Richmond
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia State University
Virginia Tech
Virginia Union University
Virginia University of Lynchburg
Virgnia Western Community College

Local Taxes
Name Description
Machinery and Tools For manufacturing equipment paid annually based on equipment owned on January 1.  Return due May 1 / payment due December 5.
Business Personal Property For non-manufacturing equipment used in business, paid annually based on equipment owned on January 1. Return due May 1 / payment due December 5.
Business License Fee based on type of business and gross receipts.  For home based business, a Home Occupation Permit may also be required.
Real Estate .90 per $100 of assessed value
Meals and Lodging 7% local meals tax or a 6% local lodging tax in addition to the state sales tax of 5.3%.
For complete information and forms, visit the Waynesboro Commissioner of Revenue’s website.
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