Geography destined Lancaster County to be one of Virginia's leading resort, retirement and second home communities. Over 280 miles of shoreline have held the world at bay for centuries, despite our close proximity to major metropolitan areas like Washington, DC and Richmond, Virginia.
Our mild, four-season climate makes Lancaster County a great place to live or visit year-round. It rarely snows. And southeasterly breezes off the waters that surround us keep things cool throughout the spring and summer.
Our population of 11,466 is made up of the successful people who move to Lancaster County and create employment opportunity for entrepreneurs to meet their sophisticated needs. There are only 87 people per square mile here, compared with 2,455 in Northern Virginia.
Health & Fitness
Lancaster County is home to the region's primary health care facility, Rappahannock General Hospital. All medical specialties are well-represented. Ample home health, assisted living and nursing home options ensure lifetime care. And our YMCA is one of the best-equipped in Virginia.
Lancaster County is governed by a County Administrator and five-member Board of Supervisors. Lancaster is the county seat. There are three incorporated towns—Kilmarnock, White Stone and Irvington—each with its own mayor and town council. You'll find easy access to elected officials and staff who are eager to help you at all government offices.
Lancaster County taxes are among the lowest in Virginia. Our real estate tax rate is $.42 per $100 of assessed value. The personal property tax rate is $1.52 per $100 of assessed value. Sales tax is 4.5%.
Relationship to the water is what defines property in Lancaster County. Inland, water access and waterfront are just some of the options. And waterfront comes in lots of flavors. Deep water. Sand beach. Spectacular view. Wildlife sanctuary. The more you put into the package, the higher the cost. But comparable properties in other eastern coastal enclaves go for a whole lot more.
A variety of suppliers offer electric power, fuel (oil and liquid propane), television and telecommunications countywide. The Town of Kilmarnock provides water and sewer service to its residents. Elsewhere, on-site septic systems and wells treat wastewater and supply water.
Our public school system has the lowest student to teacher ratio in the region and one of the lowest dropout rates in the state. Private education from K-12 is also available. Northern Neck Vocational School and Rappahannock Community College are nearby. And organizations and businesses offer a wide variety of classes.
The county's largest employers are resorts, medical facilities, retirement communities and financial service firms. More and more location-independent consultants make their home offices here. And entrepreneurs are opening specialty businesses to cater to our increasingly affluent and sophisticated population.