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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Manassas, Virginia

Five colleges have branch campuses in or just outside Manassas, including George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College. This historic college community is the site of two famous Civil War battles (the first and second Battles of Bull Run). This town of about 35,000 people is close enough to Washington D.C. that is a suburb of that city, yet far enough away to provide refuge from city life. 

Photo of downtown Manassas courtesy of Wikipedia and Signalee.

Where to Retire in Manassas and Home Prices

There are many active adult communities in the area (see link at top left) to choose from.  The Median home value was $362,171 in mid-2022, according to Zillow.

What Is Special about Manassas

Historic scene of 2 important civil war battles, with Manassas Battlefield Park; good Amtrak and commuter rail transportation; 5 colleges for adult education or college classes; Old Dominion Speedway

What Is Not Special about Manassas

Some residents complain about traffic and congestion as the Washington suburbs have spread in this direction.

Climate and Physical Environment

Manassas is in northern Virginia, west of Washington D.C.  The average July high temperature is 89 and the average January low is 23. May is the wettest month with just under 4" of rain.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The community colleges and branch campuses provide some cultural opportunities. The Manassas Battlefield is interesting. The  many cultural outlets of Washington D.C. are conveniently close.


The Manassas crime rate is slightly below average.

Medical Facilities

Prince William Hospital serves the city of  Manassas, other hospitals are nearby.


Manassas is well-fixed for transportation. Manassas Regional Airport has air taxi service, and Dulles is nearby.  Both Amtrak and commuter rail to Washington are available.

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