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Staunton is an independent city.

It is the county seat.

One tradition says the community was named for Staunton, England; another says it was named for the family of the wife of Gov. William Gooch.

The latitude of Staunton is 38.149N. The longitude is -79.071W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,417 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 23,848.


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Median household income
Local
$32,941
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Staunton demographic reports
Staunton is between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains.
"Mad Ann" Bailey, a local resident, became a fierce Indian fighter after Indians killed her husband
Settled by Scottish-Irish immigrants.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 42. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 1.8 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 3 in the state, June 2001, in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index
Well-known residents have included:
· President Woodrow Wilson
· William Haines, actor
Local festivals include:
  • Staunton Music Festival - Aug. 17-19, 22, 24-26, and Sept. 1-2, 2007
  • Celtic Music & Dance Festival - March 17, 2007
  • Hot Glass Festival - April 28-29, 2007
  • Oktoberfest - Oct. 6, 2007
  • African American Heritage Festival - Sept. 15-16, 2007
  • Wool Days - April 26-30, 2007
  • Fortune Williams Music Festival - Sept. 28-30, 2007
Dates often change. Check Staunton web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Shenandoah Shakespeare
Nearby parks & recreation: Gypsy Hill Park, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
Historic sites and museums: Frontier Culture Museum, Woodrow Wilson Birthplace
Colleges and universities: Mary Baldwin College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Pronunciations: STAN-ton

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Ancestry & family history

15% of Staunton residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Staunton ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Staunton was $19,161, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

20% of Staunton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Staunton include Beverley Historic District, Gospel Hill Historic District, Newtown Historic District, Stuart Addition Historic District, Wharf Area Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Staunton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $379.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $802.


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Libraries in Staunton include Staunton Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Staunton include Staunton News Leader

TV stations in Staunton include WVPT.

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Staunton City supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Staunton political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Staunton workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Staunton between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Staunton include Best Inn Staunton, Best Western Staunton Inn, Comfort Inn Staunton, Days Inn, Days Inn, Econo Lodge East, GuestHouse Inn, Holiday Inn, Howard Johnson Staunton, Microtel Inn ... More hotels.

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