Fredericksburg, Virginia, with its slogan of ‘America’s Most Historic City’, is truly a place where the old meets the new, especially in terms of architecture, neighborhoods, and residences. The homes of Fredericksburg, which lies just 50 miles south of Washington, D.C., are alternately colonial in style or distinctively modern American, with sleek exteriors and polished appearances. Townhomes are also popular within the city, since they are so space efficient while simultaneously echoing the rustic character of New England homes.
Fredericksburg has been fortunate enough to enjoy several steady decades of residential and commercial growth, which has produced numerous new developments and neighborhoods within its borders, though many of its historical districts and structures are still present. In the downtown area, the Fredericksburg Historic District encompasses more than 350 antiquated buildings and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Falmouth is another historic community that lies just across the river to the north of the downtown. Some of the most desirable and well-to-do communities within the city are Chancellorsville, Berea, City Center, Hartwood, White Oak, Storck, and Massaponax. All the residents of Fredericksburg enjoy access to its four major public parks and additional green space, as well as the many sites and attractions that are scattered around the city.
Retail, real estate, commerce, and healthcare are the mainstays of the Fredericksburg economy. Of course, since nearly two million individuals visit Fredericksburg each year, tourism and hospitality is also a major provider of jobs in the area. The battlefield park, the various museums, annual events, historic sites, and the visitor’s center are the major attractions to tourists. Fredericksburg has evolved into the region’s primary epicenter of healthcare and medical resources. Additionally, the Fredericksburg City Public Schools are a major employer, as are the four private schools in the city. The University of Mary Washington, a post-secondary institution in Fredericksburg, is a source of jobs for those in the education and administration fields.