City of Winchester, Virginia

City of Winchester: Independent city in Virginia, United States


City of Winchester is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,203 and a population density of 1,093 people per km². After 8 years in 2018 county had an estimated population of 124,295 inhabitants. The county was created 272 years ago in 1751.

Winchester is located in the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia along Interstate 81. It was founded in 1744 and originally named Frederick Town. The city served as a key transport hub during the Civil War due to its strategic location along the railroad.

Winchester changed hands over 70 times during the war. Significant battles like First and Second Battles of Winchester occurred nearby in 1862 and 1863.

Today, many downtown buildings still have bullet marks from this turbulent time period.

Key Neighborhoods and Areas

Some of the main parts of Winchester include:

  • Old Town Winchester - Historic downtown district with restaurants, boutiques, museums, and historic architecture.
  • Fortress Winchester - Site of Civil War-era fortifications now home to commercial buildings and Winchester Medical Center.
  • Fairmont - Charming walkable neighborhood with Victorian, Colonial, and Craftsman-style homes.
  • Rouss City Hall - Iconic 1929 building in the Beaux Arts style housing government offices.

Things to Do in Winchester

Top attractions and activities in and around Winchester include:

  • Learning about Civil War history at the Winchester Battlefield Museum.
  • Exploring the beautiful gardens and grounds at Shenandoah University.
  • Hiking in Shenandoah River State Park with over 4,000 acres of forests and trails.
  • Checking out the creative exhibits and programs at the Bright Box Theater.
  • Sampling some of Virginia's best farm-fresh fare at the local Farmers Market.

With deep ties to early American history paired with modern wineries, shops, and university culture, Winchester offers a blend of past and present charms. Its strategic valley locale continues to make it an attractive place to live, work, and visit.

Quick Facts about City of Winchester

Population : 124,295 (2018)
Country : United States of America
State : Virginia (United States)
Postal code : 22603, 22601, 22602, 22604
Phone Area Codes : 540
Area : 23.97 km2
Named for : Winchester
Altitude : 725 feet / 221 meters
Capital city : City of Winchester is capital of Frederick County
Establishment : January 01, 1752
Time Zone : Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 11:31:03 (14th June 2024)
Density : 5,185 Pop. per km² as of 2018
Population growth : 78.92% (2010-2018)


City of Winchester is located at 39°11'8"N 78°9'48"W (39.1856600, -78.1633300).

City of Winchester map

The largest city of City of Winchester is Winchester with a population of 27,700. . See all City of Winchester cities & populated places.

City of Winchester Populated Places

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in City of Winchester.

City Name Population Title
Winchester 27,700 Independent city in Virginia, United States


The population of City of Winchester increased by 78.92% in 8 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 26,203 - census
2011 26,523 1.21% estimation process
2012 26,923 1.49% estimation process
2013 27,216 1.08% estimation process
2015 120,700 77.45% estimation process
2018 124,295 2.89% estimation process

Ville de Winchester, Winchester

People born in City of Winchester (90)

People born in City of Winchester, including politician Rick Santorum, naval officer and explorer Richard E. Byrd, country music singer Patsy Cline, .


  • Francis White (American lawyer and politician in Virginia (1761-1826)) he was born in 01/01/1761
  • J. Kenneth Robinson (American politician (1916-1990)) he was born in 14/05/1916
  • John Kirby (jazz bassist) he was born in 31/12/1908
  • James W. Denver (American politician and Union Army General (1817-1892)) he was born in 23/10/1817
  • John Otho Marsh, Jr. (American politician (1926-2019)) he was born in 07/08/1926
  • Tucker McGuire (British actress) she was born in 29/01/1913
  • Benjamin Jones (American politician (1787-1861)) he was born in 13/04/1787
  • James Wood (governor (1741-1813)) he was born in 28/01/1741
  • Frederick W. M. Holliday (American politician (1828-1899)) he was born in 22/02/1828
  • Hamilton Rowan Gamble (American jurist and politician) he was born in 29/11/1798
  • Burr Harrison (American politician (1904-1973)) he was born in 02/07/1904
  • Charles Magill Conrad (American politician (1804-1878)) he was born in 24/12/1804
  • Henry St. George Tucker III (American politician (1853-1932)) he was born in 05/04/1853
  • Edward Colston (American politician (1786-1852)) he was born in 25/12/1786
  • Edward Cooke Armstrong (American university teacher (1871-1944)) he was born in 21/08/1871
  • Devon McTavish (American soccer player) he was born in 08/08/1984
  • Joseph McDowell, Jr. (American politician (1756-1801)) he was born in 15/02/1756
  • Holmes Conrad (Confederate Army officer and American lawyer and politician) he was born in 31/01/1840

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