Stephens City, Virginia is a small city located in the Shenandoah Valley, about 70 miles west of Washington D.C. It has a population of approximately 2,200 people, and is part of Frederick County. The geography of the area is mostly rolling hills and mountains with a few flat areas. The climate in Stephens City is temperate with warm summers and cold winters.
The history of Stephens City dates back to the late 1600s when it was settled by German immigrants. In 1758, the first town charter was granted and named after General Edward Stephens who led an expedition against Indians in the area. During the American Revolution, Stephens City was one of many towns attacked by British forces during their march through Virginia. Following the war, the town grew steadily until it was incorporated as a city in 1902.
The economy of Stephens City is largely driven by agriculture and tourism due to its proximity to nearby attractions such as Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park. There are also several businesses that provide goods and services to local residents such as restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, medical offices, etc.
Education in Stephens City is provided by Frederick County Public Schools which includes two elementary schools and one middle school located within city limits. There are also several private schools nearby as well as higher education institutions such as Lord Fairfax Community College which has a satellite campus in town offering various courses for students interested in furthering their education beyond high school level studies.
Politics in Stephens City are largely controlled by local government with members elected from each ward every four years for mayor-council form of government where all major decisions are made at city council meetings held monthly or bi-monthly depending on need or urgency of issue at hand. The mayor acts as chairperson for all meetings while council members represent their respective wards making sure their voices are heard on matters that affect them directly or indirectly.
Stephens City has many landmarks including historic buildings such as Belle Grove Plantation which dates back to 1797; museums like the Museum of Historic Trade which houses artifacts from early trade practices; churches like St Stephen’s Episcopal Church which was founded in 1747; parks like Newtown Commons which offers recreational activities; libraries like Handley Regional Library System; and monuments such as Gen Edward Stephens Monument located at Newtown Commons Park honoring local hero General Edward Stephens who settled the area during colonial times and fought bravely during American Revolution against British forces invading Virginia from Pennsylvania side.
Population: 1,146. Estimated population in July 2020: 1,247 (+8.8% change)
Males: 531 (46.3%), Females: 615 (53.7%)
Zip code: 22655
Median resident age: 35.6 years
Median household income: $35,200
Median house value: $89,800
Races in Stephens City:
- White Non-Hispanic (89.3%)
- Black (6.5%)
- Hispanic (2.0%)
- Two or more races (1.3%)
- American Indian (0.8%)
- Chinese (0.6%)
- Other Asian (0.6%)
Ancestries: German (17.7%), United States (14.7%), English (11.3%), Irish (9.2%), Scotch-Irish (1.8%), Dutch (1.4%).
Elevation: 781 feet
Land area: 1.4 square miles
Neah Stephens City, Virginia is a small town located in the Shenandoah Valley. The population of Neah Stephens City is approximately 5,000 people. The median household income is around $60,000 and the median home value is $210,000. The cost of living in Neah Stephens City is higher than the national average due to its proximity to Washington D.C., however it is still quite affordable compared to other cities and towns in the area. Rent for a one bedroom apartment averages around $950 per month while a three bedroom house can be rented for around $1,500 per month. Utilities are also relatively inexpensive with electricity being approximately $100 per month and water averaging around $50 per month. Food costs are on par with the national average with groceries costing about $400 per month for a family of four. There are several restaurants in town offering a variety of cuisines from Italian to Mexican and prices range from moderately priced to upscale dining experiences. Transportation costs are also reasonable with public transportation being available at an average cost of around $2 per ride or monthly passes available for an average cost of $50. There are also plenty of bike trails and parks located throughout Neah Stephens City making it easy to get around without relying on public transportation or driving your own vehicle.
For population 25 years and over in Stephens City
- High school or higher: 75.9%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 14.8%
- Graduate or professional degree: 3.6%
- Unemployed: 1.5%
- Mean travel time to work: 21.6 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Stephens City town
- Never married: 28.1%
- Now married: 50.2%
- Separated: 3.1%
- Widowed: 5.0%
- Divorced: 13.6%
2.6% Foreign born (1.3% Asia, 0.5% Latin America, 0.4% Europe, 0.3% North America).
Population change in the 1990s: -56 (-4.7%).
Hospitals/medical centers near Stephens City:
- WINCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER INC (about 8 miles; WINCHESTER, VA)
- WARREN MEMORIAL HOSP (about 12 miles; FRONT ROYAL, VA)
- SHENANDOAH COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 25 miles; WOODSTOCK, VA)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Stephens City:
- WASHINGTON DULLES INTERNATIONAL (about 55 miles; WASHINGTON, DC; Abbreviation: IAD)
- HAGERSTOWN REGIONAL-RICHARD A HENSON FLD (about 55 miles; HAGERSTOWN, MD; Abbreviation: HGR)
- CHARLOTTESVILLE-ALBEMARLE (about 68 miles; CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; Abbreviation: CHO)
Other public-use airports nearest to Stephens City:
- WINCHESTER REGIONAL (about 7 miles; WINCHESTER, VA; Abbreviation: OKV)
- FRONT ROYAL-WARREN COUNTY (about 12 miles; FRONT ROYAL, VA; Abbreviation: FRR)
- EASTERN WV REGIONAL/SHEPHERD FLD (about 28 miles; MARTINSBURG, WV; Abbreviation: MRB)
Colleges and Universities
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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Stephens City:
- LORD FAIRFAX COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 7 miles; MIDDLETOWN, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,064)
- SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY (about 8 miles; WINCHESTER, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,030)
- SHEPHERD COLLEGE (about 38 miles; Shepherdstown, WV; Full-time enrollment: 3,576)
- FREDERICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 60 miles; FREDERICK, MD; Full-time enrollment: 2,407)
- FROSTBURG STATE UNIVERSITY (about 63 miles; FROSTBURG, MD; Full-time enrollment: 4,672)
- JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY (about 64 miles; HARRISONBURG, VA; Full-time enrollment: 14,447)
- GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY (about 64 miles; FAIRFAX, VA; Full-time enrollment: 16,564)
Public high school in Stephens City:
- SHERANDO HIGH (Students: 1,275; Location: 185 SOUTH WARRIOR DRIVE; Grades: 09 – 12)
Private high school in Stephens City:
- SHENANDOAH VALLEY CHRISTIAN AC (Students: 228; Location: PO BOX 1360; Grades: KG – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Stephens City:
- ROBERT E. AYLOR MIDDLE (Students: 969; Location: 901 AYLOR RD; Grades: 06 – 08)
- BASS-HOOVER ELEM. (Students: 582; Location: 471 AYLOR RD; Grades: KG – 05)
Private primary/middle school in Stephens City:
- GRAFTON SCHOOL (Students: 311; Location: PO BOX 1300; Grades: UG – UG)