Buying a Home in Augusta County, VA

Augusta County is located at the widest part of the Shenandoah Valley along the western border of Virginia. By geographic size, it is the 2nd largest county in the state of Virginia and encompasses the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro. Although it is a separate city, Staunton is the county seat of Augusta though many of the government offices are located in Verona.

Founded in 1738, Augusta County’s namesake is Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha. Upon it’s founding, the western border stretched all the way to the Pacific Ocean with it’s permanent borders being settled in 1790.

Augusta County is home to a number of national parks including the Blue Ridge Parkway, George Washington National Forest, and Shenandoah National Park.

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Demographics

As of the 2010 Census, the population of Augusta County was 73,750, up 12.4% from it’s 2000 Census population of 65,615. Augusta County has undergone signficicant growth since the 1970s, growing by more than 10% every Census with the exception of the 1990s (which grew by 1.8%).

The median age within Augusta County is 39 years old, somewhat older than the statewide median age of 37.6 and national media age of 36.8.

The median household income ($43,045) is below the statewide median ($62,665) but the cost of living is considerably lower as well with the median house being valued at $197,500 vs. $239,300 for the state.

 

Schools

Augusta County Public Schools provides education to more than 10,000 students every year. The school system is ranked in the top half of school systems in the state of Virginia with many individual schools ranking considerably higher including a Blue Ribbon school.

A breakdown of the local schools is provided below:

Buffalo Gap Feeder Schools

SchoolGrades# of StudentsGreat Schools
Buffalo Gap High9-125386/10
Beverley Manor Middle6-87324/10
Beverley Manor ElementaryPK-53666/10
Churchville ElementaryPK-53164/10
Craigsville ElementaryPK-51576/10

Fort Defiance Feeder Schools

SchoolGrades# of StudentsGreat Schools
Fort Defiance High9-128085/10
Stewart Middle6-85905/10
Clymore ElementaryPK-56576/10
North River ElementaryPK-52663/10

Riverheads Feeder Schools

SchoolGrades# of StudentsGreat Schools
Riverheads High9-124787/10
Beverley Manor Middle6-87324/10
Riverheads ElementaryPK-55344/10

Stuarts Draft Feeder Schools

SchoolGrades# of StudentsGreat Schools
Stuarts Draft High9-127376/10
Stuarts Draft Middle6-85256/10
Guy K. Stump ElementaryPK-53933/10
Stuarts Draft ElementaryPK-56755/10

Wilson Memorial Feeder Schools

SchoolGrades# of StudentsGreat Schools
Wilson Memorial High9-127615/10
Wilson Middle6-85805/10
Hugh K. Cassell ElementaryPK-55016/10
Wilson ElementaryPK-57124/10

Other Augusta County Public Schools

SchoolGrades# of StudentsGreat Schools
Shenandoah Valley Governor's School9-12225n/a
Valley Career & Technical Center 9-12--