The Staunton-Waynesboro, VA metro area is located in the Shenandoah Valley of the Appalachian Mountains, 40 miles west of Charlotteville and 160 from Washington DC. Staunton is one of the smaller metros in the United States and is comprised of Augusta, Staunton city and Waynesboro city counties. It is also considered to be part of the larger Harrisonburg consolidated metro area. The many benefits of living in the Staunton metro include low crime, strong economy, comfortable summers and affordability. The region features nearby mountain terrain, which is a great recreation resource.