List of counties in Virginia

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The Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 39 independent cities, which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.

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County
FIPS Code
[1]
County seat
[2]
Established
[2]
Origin
Meaning of name
Population
[2]
Area
[2]
Map
Accomack County 001 Accomac 1663  ? From the Native American word Accawmack, meaning "on the other side", referencing the county's position across Chesapeake Bay &&&&&&&&&&079236.&&&&&079,236 &&&&&&&&&&&&0723.&&&&&0723 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01873.&&&&&01,873 km²)
State map highlighting Accomack County
Albemarle County 003 Charlottesville 1744  ? Willem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle, colonial proprietary governor &&&&&&&&&&098970.&&&&&098,970 &&&&&&&&&&&&0723.&&&&&0723 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01873.&&&&&01,873 km²)
State map highlighting Albemarle County
Alleghany County 005 Covington 1822  ? Alleghany Mountains &&&&&&&&&&012926.&&&&&012,926 &&&&&&&&&&&&0446.&&&&&0446 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01155.&&&&&01,155 km²)
State map highlighting Alleghany County
Amelia County 007 Amelia Court House 1734  ? Princess Amelia Sophia, second daughter of George II of Great Britain &&&&&&&&&&011400.&&&&&011,400 &&&&&&&&&&&&0357.&&&&&0357 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0925.&&&&&0925 km²)
State map highlighting Amelia County
Amherst County 009 Amherst 1761  ? Jeffery Amherst, British conqueror of Quebec during the Seven Years War and colonial governor of Virginia &&&&&&&&&&031894.&&&&&031,894 &&&&&&&&&&&&0475.&&&&&0475 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01230.&&&&&01,230 km²)
State map highlighting Amherst County
Appomattox County 011 Appomattox 1845  ? Appomattox River &&&&&&&&&&013705.&&&&&013,705 &&&&&&&&&&&&0334.&&&&&0334 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0865.&&&&&0865 km²)
State map highlighting Appomattox County
Arlington County 013 Arlington 1801  ? Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington, colonial proprietary landowner &&&&&&&&&0207627.&&&&&0207,627 &&&&&&&&&&&&&026.&&&&&026 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&067.&&&&&067 km²)
State map highlighting Arlington County
Augusta County 015 Staunton 1745  ? Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, the Princess of Wales &&&&&&&&&&065615.&&&&&065,615 &&&&&&&&&&&&0971.&&&&&0971 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02515.&&&&&02,515 km²)
State map highlighting Augusta County


Bath County 017 Warm Springs 1790 From Augusta, Botetourt and Greenbrier counties December 14, 1790 Bath, England &&&&&&&&&&&05048.&&&&&05,048 &&&&&&&&&&&&0532.&&&&&0532 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01378.&&&&&01,378 km²)
State map highlighting Bath County
Bedford County 019 Bedford 1753  ? John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, British politician and one of the head negotiators of the Peace of Paris &&&&&&&&&&060371.&&&&&060,371 &&&&&&&&&&&&0755.&&&&&0755 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01955.&&&&&01,955 km²)
State map highlighting Bedford County
Bland County 021 Bland 1861  ? Richard Bland, member of the Continental Congress and publisher of the American Revolutionary War-era tract An Inquiry into the Rights of the British Colonies &&&&&&&&&&&06871.&&&&&06,871 &&&&&&&&&&&&0359.&&&&&0359 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0930.&&&&&0930 km²)
State map highlighting Bland County
Botetourt County 023 Fincastle 1796  ? Norborne Berkeley, 4th Baron Botetourt, colonial governor of Virginia &&&&&&&&&&030496.&&&&&030,496 &&&&&&&&&&&&0543.&&&&&0543 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01406.&&&&&01,406 km²)
State map highlighting Botetourt County
Brunswick County 025 Lawrenceville 1732  ? Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg, from which the current line of British monarchs hailed &&&&&&&&&&018419.&&&&&018,419 &&&&&&&&&&&&0566.&&&&&0566 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01466.&&&&&01,466 km²)
State map highlighting Brunswick County
Buchanan County 027 Grundy 1858  ? James Buchanan, fifteenth U.S. President &&&&&&&&&&026978.&&&&&026,978 &&&&&&&&&&&&0504.&&&&&0504 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01305.&&&&&01,305 km²)
State map highlighting Buchanan County
Buckingham County 029 Buckingham 1785  ? Buckinghamshire, England &&&&&&&&&&015623.&&&&&015,623 &&&&&&&&&&&&0581.&&&&&0581 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01505.&&&&&01,505 km²)
State map highlighting Buckingham County


Campbell County 031 Rustburg 1782  ? William Campbell, Revolutionary War general &&&&&&&&&&051078.&&&&&051,078 &&&&&&&&&&&&0504.&&&&&0504 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01305.&&&&&01,305 km²)
State map highlighting Campbell County
Caroline County 033 Bowling Green 1728  ? Caroline of Ansbach, wife of King George II of Great Britain &&&&&&&&&&028545.&&&&&028,545 &&&&&&&&&&&&0533.&&&&&0533 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01380.&&&&&01,380 km²)
State map highlighting Caroline County
Carroll County 035 Hillsville 1842  ? Charles Carroll, last living signer of the Declaration of Independence &&&&&&&&&&029245.&&&&&029,245 &&&&&&&&&&&&0476.&&&&&0476 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01233.&&&&&01,233 km²)
State map highlighting Carroll County
Charles City County 036 Charles City 1634 Colonial division before 1635[3] King Charles I of England &&&&&&&&&&&06926.&&&&&06,926 &&&&&&&&&&&&0182.&&&&&0182 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0471.&&&&&0471 km²)
State map highlighting Charles City County
Charlotte County 037 Charlotte Court House 1765  ? Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III of Great Britain &&&&&&&&&&012472.&&&&&012,472 &&&&&&&&&&&&0475.&&&&&0475 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01230.&&&&&01,230 km²)
State map highlighting Charlotte County
Chesterfield County 041 Chesterfield 1749  ? Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, British politician and Lord of the Bedchamber &&&&&&&&&0259903.&&&&&0259,903 &&&&&&&&&&&&0426.&&&&&0426 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01103.&&&&&01,103 km²)
State map highlighting Chesterfield County
Clarke County 043 Berryville 1836  ? George Rogers Clarke, Revolutionary War general &&&&&&&&&&012652.&&&&&012,652 &&&&&&&&&&&&0177.&&&&&0177 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0458.&&&&&0458 km²)
State map highlighting Clarke County
Craig County 045 New Castle 1851  ? Robert Craig, U.S. Representative from Virginia &&&&&&&&&&&05091.&&&&&05,091 &&&&&&&&&&&&0330.&&&&&0330 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0855.&&&&&0855 km²)
State map highlighting Craig County
Culpeper County 047 Culpeper 1748  ? Thomas Colepeper, 2nd Baron Colepeper, colonial proprietary governor &&&&&&&&&&046689.&&&&&046,689 &&&&&&&&&&&&0381.&&&&&0381 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0987.&&&&&0987 km²)
State map highlighting Culpeper County
Cumberland County 049 Cumberland 1749  ? Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, British general, politician, and son of King George II &&&&&&&&&&&09017.&&&&&09,017 &&&&&&&&&&&&0298.&&&&&0298 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0772.&&&&&0772 km²)
State map highlighting Cumberland County


Dickenson County 051 Clintwood 1880  ? William J. Dickinson, member of the Virginia House of Delegates &&&&&&&&&&016395.&&&&&016,395 &&&&&&&&&&&&0333.&&&&&0333 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0862.&&&&&0862 km²)
State map highlighting Dickenson County
Dinwiddie County 053 Dinwiddie 1752  ? Robert Dinwiddie, colonial lieutenant governor of Virginia &&&&&&&&&&024533.&&&&&024,533 &&&&&&&&&&&&0504.&&&&&0504 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01305.&&&&&01,305 km²)
State map highlighting Dinwiddie County


Essex County 057 Tappahannock 1692 Founded by John Smith who lived in Hustle, Essex County Essex, United Kingdom &&&&&&&&&&&09989.&&&&&09,989 &&&&&&&&&&&&0258.&&&&&0258 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0668.&&&&&0668 km²)
State map highlighting Essex County


Fairfax County 059 Fairfax 1742  ? Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, the only resident British noble in Virginia &&&&&&&&01081726.&&&&&01,081,726 &&&&&&&&&&&&0396.&&&&&0396 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01026.&&&&&01,026 km²)
State map highlighting Fairfax County
Fauquier County 061 Warrenton 1759  ? Francis Fauquier, colonial lieutenant governor of Virginia &&&&&&&&&&068010.&&&&&068,010 &&&&&&&&&&&&0650.&&&&&0650 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01683.&&&&&01,683 km²)
State map highlighting Fauquier County
Floyd County 063 Floyd 1831  ? John Floyd, governor of Virginia &&&&&&&&&&013874.&&&&&013,874 &&&&&&&&&&&&0382.&&&&&0382 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0989.&&&&&0989 km²)
State map highlighting Floyd County
Fluvanna County 065 Palmyra 1777  ? From the Latin name for the James River, which itself translates to "Annie's River" in honor of Queen Anne &&&&&&&&&&020047.&&&&&020,047 &&&&&&&&&&&&0287.&&&&&0287 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0743.&&&&&0743 km²)
State map highlighting Fluvanna County
Franklin County 067 Rocky Mount 1785  ? Benjamin Franklin, publisher, orator, scholar, and U.S. Founding Father &&&&&&&&&&047286.&&&&&047,286 &&&&&&&&&&&&0692.&&&&&0692 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01792.&&&&&01,792 km²)
State map highlighting Franklin County
Frederick County 069 Winchester 1743  ? Frederick, Prince of Wales, eldest son of George II &&&&&&&&&&059209.&&&&&059,209 &&&&&&&&&&&&0415.&&&&&0415 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01075.&&&&&01,075 km²)
State map highlighting Frederick County


Giles County 071 Pearisburg 1806  ? William Branch Giles, U.S. Senator from Virginia &&&&&&&&&&016657.&&&&&016,657 &&&&&&&&&&&&0358.&&&&&0358 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0927.&&&&&0927 km²)
State map highlighting Giles County
Gloucester County 073 Gloucester 1651  ? Gloucestershire, England &&&&&&&&&&034780.&&&&&034,780 &&&&&&&&&&&&0217.&&&&&0217 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0562.&&&&&0562 km²)
State map highlighting Gloucester County
Goochland County 075 Goochland 1727  ? William Gooch, colonial lieutenant governor of Virginia &&&&&&&&&&016863.&&&&&016,863 &&&&&&&&&&&&0284.&&&&&0284 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0736.&&&&&0736 km²)
State map highlighting Goochland County
Grayson County 077 Independence 1793  ? William Grayson, U.S. Senator from Virginia &&&&&&&&&&017917.&&&&&017,917 &&&&&&&&&&&&0443.&&&&&0443 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01147.&&&&&01,147 km²)
State map highlighting Grayson County
Greene County 079 Stanardsville 1838  ? Nathanael Greene, Revolutionary War general &&&&&&&&&&015244.&&&&&015,244 &&&&&&&&&&&&0157.&&&&&0157 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0407.&&&&&0407 km²)
State map highlighting Greene County
Greensville County 081 Emporia 1780  ? Richard Grenville, commander of the English expedition to found Roanoke Colony &&&&&&&&&&011560.&&&&&011,560 &&&&&&&&&&&&0296.&&&&&0296 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0767.&&&&&0767 km²)
State map highlighting Greensville County


Halifax County 083 Halifax 1752  ? George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, President of the Board of Trade &&&&&&&&&&037355.&&&&&037,355 &&&&&&&&&&&&0814.&&&&&0814 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02108.&&&&&02,108 km²)
State map highlighting Halifax County
Hanover County 085 Hanover 1720  ? Electorate of Hanover, from which the current line of British monarchs hailed &&&&&&&&&&099863.&&&&&099,863 &&&&&&&&&&&&0473.&&&&&0473 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01225.&&&&&01,225 km²)
State map highlighting Hanover County
Henrico County 087 Richmond 1617 Original county of the Colony under England Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, oldest son of James I of England &&&&&&&&&0262300.&&&&&0262,300 &&&&&&&&&&&&0238.&&&&&0238 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0616.&&&&&0616 km²)
State map highlighting Henrico County
Henry County 089 Martinsville 1777  ? Patrick Henry, governor of Virginia and U.S. Founding Father &&&&&&&&&&057930.&&&&&057,930 &&&&&&&&&&&&0382.&&&&&0382 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0989.&&&&&0989 km²)
State map highlighting Henry County
Highland County 091 Monterey 1847  ? Mountainous topography &&&&&&&&&&&02536.&&&&&02,536 &&&&&&&&&&&&0416.&&&&&0416 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01077.&&&&&01,077 km²)
State map highlighting Highland County


Isle of Wight County 093 Isle of Wight 1634  ? Isle of Wight, England &&&&&&&&&&029728.&&&&&029,728 &&&&&&&&&&&&0316.&&&&&0316 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0818.&&&&&0818 km²)
State map highlighting Isle of Wight County


James City County 095 Williamsburg 1617 Original county of the Colony under England King James I of England &&&&&&&&&&067009.&&&&&067,009 &&&&&&&&&&&&0143.&&&&&0143 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0370.&&&&&0370 km²)
State map highlighting James City County


King and Queen County 097 King and Queen Court House 1691  ? King William III and Queen Mary II &&&&&&&&&&&06630.&&&&&06,630 &&&&&&&&&&&&0316.&&&&&0316 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0818.&&&&&0818 km²)
State map highlighting King and Queen County
King George County 099 King George 1721  ? George I of Great Britain &&&&&&&&&&016803.&&&&&016,803 &&&&&&&&&&&&0180.&&&&&0180 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0466.&&&&&0466 km²)
State map highlighting King George County
King William County 101 King William 1702  ? William III of England &&&&&&&&&&013146.&&&&&013,146 &&&&&&&&&&&&0275.&&&&&0275 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0712.&&&&&0712 km²)
State map highlighting King William County


Lancaster County 103 Lancaster 1651  ? Lancaster, United Kingdom &&&&&&&&&&011567.&&&&&011,567 &&&&&&&&&&&&0133.&&&&&0133 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0344.&&&&&0344 km²)
State map highlighting Lancaster County
Lee County 105 Jonesville 1793  ? Light Horse Harry Lee, Revolutionary War general and governor of Virginia &&&&&&&&&&023589.&&&&&023,589 &&&&&&&&&&&&0437.&&&&&0437 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01132.&&&&&01,132 km²)
State map highlighting Lee County
Loudoun County 107 Leesburg 1757  ? John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun, British Commander-in-Chief, North America during the Seven Years War &&&&&&&&&0312311.&&&&&0312,311 &&&&&&&&&&&&0520.&&&&&0520 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01347.&&&&&01,347 km²)
State map highlighting Loudoun County
Louisa County 109 Louisa 1742  ? Princess Louise, youngest daughter of George II &&&&&&&&&&025627.&&&&&025,627 &&&&&&&&&&&&0498.&&&&&0498 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01290.&&&&&01,290 km²)
State map highlighting Louisa County
Lunenburg County 111 Lunenburg 1746  ? Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg, from which the current line of British monarchs hailed &&&&&&&&&&013146.&&&&&013,146 &&&&&&&&&&&&0432.&&&&&0432 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01119.&&&&&01,119 km²)
State map highlighting Lunenburg County


Madison County 113 Madison 1793  ? James Madison, Congressman from Virginia, principal author of the U.S. Constitution, and future U.S. President &&&&&&&&&&012520.&&&&&012,520 &&&&&&&&&&&&0322.&&&&&0322 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0834.&&&&&0834 km²)
State map highlighting Madison County
Mathews County 115 Mathews 1791  ? Thomas Mathews, British commander in the War of the Austrian Succession &&&&&&&&&&&09207.&&&&&09,207 &&&&&&&&&&&&&086.&&&&&086 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0223.&&&&&0223 km²)
State map highlighting Mathews County
Mecklenburg County 117 Boydton 1765  ? Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III &&&&&&&&&&032380.&&&&&032,380 &&&&&&&&&&&&0624.&&&&&0624 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01616.&&&&&01,616 km²)
State map highlighting Mecklenburg County
Middlesex County 119 Saluda 1673  ? Middlesex, United Kingdom &&&&&&&&&&&09932.&&&&&09,932 &&&&&&&&&&&&0130.&&&&&0130 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0337.&&&&&0337 km²)
State map highlighting Middlesex County
Montgomery County 121 Christiansburg 1777  ? Richard Montgomery, Revolutionary War general &&&&&&&&&&083629.&&&&&083,629 &&&&&&&&&&&&0388.&&&&&0388 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01005.&&&&&01,005 km²)
State map highlighting Montgomery County


Nelson County 125 Lovingston 1808  ? Thomas Nelson Jr., governor of Virginia and signer of the Declaration of Independence &&&&&&&&&&014445.&&&&&014,445 &&&&&&&&&&&&0472.&&&&&0472 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01222.&&&&&01,222 km²)
State map highlighting Nelson County
New Kent County 127 New Kent 1654  ? Kent County, England &&&&&&&&&&013462.&&&&&013,462 &&&&&&&&&&&&0210.&&&&&0210 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0544.&&&&&0544 km²)
State map highlighting New Kent County
Northampton County 131 Eastville 1634  ? Northamptonshire, England &&&&&&&&&&013093.&&&&&013,093 &&&&&&&&&&&&0207.&&&&&0207 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0536.&&&&&0536 km²)
State map highlighting Northampton County
Northumberland County 133 Heathsville 1648  ? Northumberland, United Kingdom 0Expression error: Unrecognized word "area"..Expression error: Unrecognized word "area".12,259 Area=192 {{{Area}}} State map highlighting Northumberland County
Nottoway County 135 Nottoway 1789  ? Nodawa tribe &&&&&&&&&&015725.&&&&&015,725 &&&&&&&&&&&&0315.&&&&&0315 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0816.&&&&&0816 km²)
State map highlighting Nottoway County


Orange County 137 Orange 1734  ? William III of England &&&&&&&&&&025881.&&&&&025,881 &&&&&&&&&&&&0342.&&&&&0342 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0886.&&&&&0886 km²)
State map highlighting Orange County


Page County 139 Luray 1831  ? John Page, governor of Virginia &&&&&&&&&&023177.&&&&&023,177 &&&&&&&&&&&&0311.&&&&&0311 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0805.&&&&&0805 km²)
State map highlighting Page County
Patrick County 141 Stuart 1791  ? Patrick Henry, governor of Virginia and U.S. Founding Father &&&&&&&&&&019407.&&&&&019,407 &&&&&&&&&&&&0483.&&&&&0483 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01251.&&&&&01,251 km²)
State map highlighting Patrick County
Pittsylvania County 143 Chatham 1767  ? William Pitt, British Prime Minister &&&&&&&&&&061745.&&&&&061,745 &&&&&&&&&&&&0978.&&&&&0978 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02533.&&&&&02,533 km²)
State map highlighting Pittsylvania County
Powhatan County 145 Powhatan 1777  ? Powhatan tribe &&&&&&&&&&022377.&&&&&022,377 &&&&&&&&&&&&0261.&&&&&0261 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0676.&&&&&0676 km²)
State map highlighting Powhatan County
Prince Edward County 147 Farmville 1754  ? Prince Edward, Duke of York and Albany, brother of George III &&&&&&&&&&019720.&&&&&019,720 &&&&&&&&&&&&0353.&&&&&0353 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0914.&&&&&0914 km²)
State map highlighting Prince Edward County
Prince George County 149 Prince George 1703 From Charles City County Prince George of Denmark, husband of Queen Anne &&&&&&&&&&033047.&&&&&033,047 &&&&&&&&&&&&0266.&&&&&0266 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0689.&&&&&0689 km²)
State map highlighting Prince George County
Prince William County 153 Manassas 1731  ? Prince William Augustus, son of George II &&&&&&&&&0402002.&&&&&0402,002 &&&&&&&&&&&&0338.&&&&&0338 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0875.&&&&&0875 km²)
State map highlighting Prince William County
Pulaski County 155 Pulaski 1839  ? Kazimierz Pulaski, Polish-born Revolutionary War general &&&&&&&&&&035127.&&&&&035,127 &&&&&&&&&&&&0321.&&&&&0321 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0831.&&&&&0831 km²)
State map highlighting Pulaski County


Rappahannock County 157 Washington 1833  ? Rappahannock River &&&&&&&&&&&06983.&&&&&06,983 &&&&&&&&&&&&0267.&&&&&0267 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0692.&&&&&0692 km²)
State map highlighting Rappahannock County
Richmond County 159 Warsaw 1692  ? Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond, illegitimate son of King Charles II &&&&&&&&&&&08809.&&&&&08,809 &&&&&&&&&&&&0192.&&&&&0192 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0497.&&&&&0497 km²)
State map highlighting Richmond County
Roanoke County 161 Salem 1838  ? Roanoke River &&&&&&&&&&085778.&&&&&085,778 &&&&&&&&&&&&0251.&&&&&0251 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0650.&&&&&0650 km²)
State map highlighting Roanoke County
Rockbridge County 163 Lexington 1778  ? Natural Bridge &&&&&&&&&&020808.&&&&&020,808 &&&&&&&&&&&&0600.&&&&&0600 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01554.&&&&&01,554 km²)
State map highlighting Rockbridge County
Rockingham County 165 Harrisonburg 1778  ? Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, British Prime Minister &&&&&&&&&&067725.&&&&&067,725 &&&&&&&&&&&&0851.&&&&&0851 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02204.&&&&&02,204 km²)
State map highlighting Rockingham County
Russell County 167 Lebanon 1786  ? William Russell, frontiersman and state representative &&&&&&&&&&030308.&&&&&030,308 &&&&&&&&&&&&0475.&&&&&0475 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01230.&&&&&01,230 km²)
State map highlighting Russell County


Scott County 169 Gate City 1814  ? Winfield Scott, War of 1812 and later Mexican-American War general &&&&&&&&&&023403.&&&&&023,403 &&&&&&&&&&&&0537.&&&&&0537 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01391.&&&&&01,391 km²)
State map highlighting Scott County
Shenandoah County 171 Woodstock 1772  ? Shenandoah River &&&&&&&&&&035075.&&&&&035,075 &&&&&&&&&&&&0512.&&&&&0512 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01326.&&&&&01,326 km²)
State map highlighting Shenandoah County
Smyth County 173 Marion 1832  ? Alexander Smyth, Congressman from Virginia &&&&&&&&&&033081.&&&&&033,081 &&&&&&&&&&&&0452.&&&&&0452 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01171.&&&&&01,171 km²)
State map highlighting Smyth County
Southampton County 175 Courtland 1749  ? Disputed; either Southampton, England or Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, one of the founders of the Virginia Company &&&&&&&&&&017482.&&&&&017,482 &&&&&&&&&&&&0600.&&&&&0600 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01554.&&&&&01,554 km²)
State map highlighting Southampton County
Spotsylvania County 177 Spotsylvania 1721  ? Alexander Spotswood, colonial lieutenant governor of Virignia &&&&&&&&&0122397.&&&&&0122,397 &&&&&&&&&&&&0401.&&&&&0401 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01039.&&&&&01,039 km²)
State map highlighting Spotsylvania County
Stafford County 179 Stafford 1664  ? Stafford, England &&&&&&&&&0128961.&&&&&0128,961 &&&&&&&&&&&&0270.&&&&&0270 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0699.&&&&&0699 km²)
State map highlighting Stafford County
Surry County 181 Surry 1652  ? Surrey, United Kingdom &&&&&&&&&&&06829.&&&&&06,829 &&&&&&&&&&&&0279.&&&&&0279 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0723.&&&&&0723 km²)
State map highlighting Surry County
Sussex County 183 Sussex 1754  ? Sussex, United Kingdom &&&&&&&&&&012504.&&&&&012,504 &&&&&&&&&&&&0491.&&&&&0491 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01272.&&&&&01,272 km²)
State map highlighting Sussex County


Tazewell County 185 Tazewell 1800  ? Henry Tazewell, U.S. Senator from Virginia &&&&&&&&&&044598.&&&&&044,598 &&&&&&&&&&&&0520.&&&&&0520 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01347.&&&&&01,347 km²)
State map highlighting Tazewell County


Warren County 187 Front Royal 1836  ? Joseph Warren, Revolutionary War general &&&&&&&&&&031584.&&&&&031,584 &&&&&&&&&&&&0214.&&&&&0214 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0554.&&&&&0554 km²)
State map highlighting Warren County
Washington County 191 Abingdon 1777  ? George Washington, Revolutionary War commander, U.S. Founding Father, and future U.S. President &&&&&&&&&&051103.&&&&&051,103 &&&&&&&&&&&&0564.&&&&&0564 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01461.&&&&&01,461 km²)
State map highlighting Washington County
Westmoreland County 193 Montross 1653  ? Westmoreland, United Kingdom &&&&&&&&&&016718.&&&&&016,718 &&&&&&&&&&&&0229.&&&&&0229 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0593.&&&&&0593 km²)
State map highlighting Westmoreland County
Wise County 195 Wise 1856  ? Henry Alexander Wise, governor of Virginia &&&&&&&&&&040123.&&&&&040,123 &&&&&&&&&&&&0403.&&&&&0403 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01044.&&&&&01,044 km²)
State map highlighting Wise County
Wythe County 197 Wytheville 1790  ? George Wythe, legal scholar and signer of the Declaration of Independence &&&&&&&&&&027599.&&&&&027,599 &&&&&&&&&&&&0463.&&&&&0463 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01199.&&&&&01,199 km²)
State map highlighting Wythe County


York County 199 Yorktown 1634  ? James Stuart, Duke of York, the future King James II &&&&&&&&&&065464.&&&&&065,464 &&&&&&&&&&&&0106.&&&&&0106 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0275.&&&&&0275 km²)
State map highlighting York County
City of Alexandria 510 N/A 1902[4] From Alexandria County before 1870[5] Phillip & John Alexander, brothers and area plantation owners &&&&&&&&&0139966.&&&&&0139,966 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&039.&&&&&039 km²)
State map highlighting City of Alexandria
City of Bedford 515 N/A 1968  ? John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, British politician and negotiator of the Peace of Paris &&&&&&&&&&&06299.&&&&&06,299 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 km²)
State map highlighting City of Bedford
City of Bristol 520 N/A 1902[4] From Washington County in 1890[5] Bristol, England &&&&&&&&&&017367.&&&&&017,367 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&031.&&&&&031 km²)
State map highlighting City of Bristol
City of Buena Vista 530 N/A 1902[4] From Rockbridge County in 1892[5] from the Buena Vista Company, which founded an iron mine in the area and established the town for its laborers &&&&&&&&&&&06349.&&&&&06,349 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 km²)
State map highlighting City of Buena Vista
City of Charlottesville 540 N/A 1902[4] From Albemarle County in 1888[5] Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III &&&&&&&&&&045049.&&&&&045,049 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&026.&&&&&026 km²)
State map highlighting City of Charlottesville
City of Chesapeake 550 N/A 1963 Formed out of consolidation of Norfolk County (extinct) and City of South Norfolk (extinct)[6] Chesapeake tribe &&&&&&&&&0222209.&&&&&0222,209 &&&&&&&&&&&&0341.&&&&&0341 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0883.&&&&&0883 km²)
State map highlighting City of Chesapeake
City of Colonial Heights 570 N/A 1948  ? From the actions of Revolutionary War general Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette; his soldiers, nicknamed the "Colonials," placed a artillery on high ground overlooking Petersburg &&&&&&&&&&016897.&&&&&016,897 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&021.&&&&&021 km²)
State map highlighting City of Colonial Heights
City of Covington 580 N/A 1952  ? Leonard Covington, hero of the Siege of Fort Recovery and Congressman from Maryland &&&&&&&&&&&06303.&&&&&06,303 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 km²)
State map highlighting City of Covington
City of Danville 590 N/A 1902[4] From Pittsylvania County before 1870[5] Dan River &&&&&&&&&&048411.&&&&&048,411 &&&&&&&&&&&&&043.&&&&&043 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0111.&&&&&0111 km²)
State map highlighting City of Danville
City of Emporia 595 N/A 1967  ? Emporia, Kansas &&&&&&&&&&&05665.&&&&&05,665 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 km²)
State map highlighting City of Emporia
City of Fairfax 600 N/A 1961  ? Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, only resident British noble in colonial Virginia &&&&&&&&&&021498.&&&&&021,498 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 km²)
State map highlighting City of Fairfax
City of Falls Church 610 N/A 1948  ? The Falls Church &&&&&&&&&&012332.&&&&&012,332 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 km²)
State map highlighting City of Falls Church
City of Franklin 620 N/A 1961  ? Benjamin Franklin, publisher, scholar, orator, and U.S. Founding Father &&&&&&&&&&&08346.&&&&&08,346 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&021.&&&&&021 km²)
State map highlighting City of Franklin
City of Fredericksburg 630 N/A 1902[4] From Spotsylvania County before 1870[5] Frederick, Prince of Wales, eldest son of King George II &&&&&&&&&&024286.&&&&&024,286 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&026.&&&&&026 km²)
State map highlighting City of Fredericksburg
City of Galax 640 N/A 1952  ? the galax shrub &&&&&&&&&&&06837.&&&&&06,837 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&021.&&&&&021 km²)
State map highlighting City of Galax
City of Hampton 650 N/A 1908 Founded 1610. Current city formed by consolidation of Elizabeth City County and City of Hampton in 1952[6] Disputed; either Southampton, England or Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, one of the founders of the Virginia Company &&&&&&&&&0146437.&&&&&0146,437 &&&&&&&&&&&&&052.&&&&&052 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0135.&&&&&0135 km²)
State map highlighting City of Hampton
City of Harrisonburg 660 N/A 1916 From Rockingham County in 1916[5] Thomas Harrison, pioneering settler and town founder &&&&&&&&&&040468.&&&&&040,468 &&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&047.&&&&&047 km²)
State map highlighting City of Harrisonburg
City of Hopewell 670 N/A 1916 From Prince George County in 1916[5] The Hopewell, a ship that carried some of the early English settlers to Virginia &&&&&&&&&&022354.&&&&&022,354 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&026.&&&&&026 km²)
State map highlighting City of Hopewell
City of Lexington 678 N/A 1966  ? Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington &&&&&&&&&&&06867.&&&&&06,867 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 km²)
State map highlighting City of Lexington
City of Lynchburg 680 N/A 1902[4] From Campbell County before 1870[5] John Lynch, ferry operator and constructor of the first ridge across the James River in the area &&&&&&&&&&065269.&&&&&065,269 &&&&&&&&&&&&&049.&&&&&049 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0127.&&&&&0127 km²)
State map highlighting City of Lynchburg
City of Manassas 683 N/A 1975  ? Manassas Gap Railroad &&&&&&&&&&037821.&&&&&037,821 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&026.&&&&&026 km²)
State map highlighting City of Manassas
City of Manassas Park 685 N/A 1975  ? Manassas Gap Railroad and Manassas National Battlefield Park &&&&&&&&&&014273.&&&&&014,273 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 km²)
State map highlighting City of Manassas Park
City of Martinsville 690 N/A 1928  ? Joseph Martin, Revolutionary War general &&&&&&&&&&015416.&&&&&015,416 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&028.&&&&&028 km²)
State map highlighting City of Martinsville
City of Newport News 700 N/A 1902[4] From Warwick County in 1896[5] Uncertain—see main city article &&&&&&&&&0180150.&&&&&0180,150 &&&&&&&&&&&&&068.&&&&&068 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0176.&&&&&0176 km²)
State map highlighting City of Newport News
City of Norfolk 710 N/A 1845[7] Founded 1682.[8] Incorporated as City in 1845 from Lower Norfolk County (extinct)[6] Norfolk, England &&&&&&&&&0242803.&&&&&0242,803 &&&&&&&&&&&&&054.&&&&&054 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0140.&&&&&0140 km²)
State map highlighting City of Norfolk
City of Norton 720 N/A 1954  ? Eckstein Norton, president of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad &&&&&&&&&&&03904.&&&&&03,904 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 km²)
State map highlighting City of Norton
City of Petersburg 730 N/A 1902[4] From Prince George County before 1870[5] Peter Jones, early settler and merchant &&&&&&&&&&033740.&&&&&033,740 &&&&&&&&&&&&&023.&&&&&023 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&060.&&&&&060 km²)
State map highlighting City of Petersburg
City of Poquoson 735 N/A 1975 From York County An Algonquin term roughly translating to "great marsh" or "flat land" &&&&&&&&&&011566.&&&&&011,566 &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&041.&&&&&041 km²)
State map highlighting City of Poquoson
City of Portsmouth 740 N/A 1858[6] Founded 1752.[9] Incorporated as City in 1858 from Norfolk County (extinct)[6] Portsmouth, England &&&&&&&&&0100565.&&&&&0100,565 &&&&&&&&&&&&&033.&&&&&033 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&085.&&&&&085 km²)
State map highlighting City of Portsmouth
City of Radford 750 N/A 1902[4] From Montgomery County in 1892[5] Dr. John Blair Radford, owner of a plantation that included that town's lands &&&&&&&&&&015859.&&&&&015,859 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&026.&&&&&026 km²)
State map highlighting City of Radford
City of Richmond 760 N/A 1902[4] From Henrico County before 1870[5] Richmond, Surrey, England &&&&&&&&&0204214.&&&&&0204,214 &&&&&&&&&&&&&060.&&&&&060 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0155.&&&&&0155 km²)
State map highlighting City of Richmond
City of Roanoke 770 N/A 1902[4] From Roanoke County in 1884[5] Roanoke River &&&&&&&&&&094911.&&&&&094,911 &&&&&&&&&&&&&043.&&&&&043 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0111.&&&&&0111 km²)
State map highlighting City of Roanoke
City of Salem 775 N/A 1968  ? After Salem, New Jersey, home of town founder William Bryan &&&&&&&&&&024747.&&&&&024,747 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&039.&&&&&039 km²)
State map highlighting City of Salem
City of Staunton 790 N/A 1902[4] From Augusta County before 1870[5] Lady Rebecca Staunton, wife of colonial Lieutenant Governor William Gooch &&&&&&&&&&023853.&&&&&023,853 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&052.&&&&&052 km²)
State map highlighting City of Staunton
City of Suffolk 800 N/A 1910[10] Founded 1742.[10] Incorporated as City in 1910 from Nansemond County (extinct)[10] Suffolk, England &&&&&&&&&&063677.&&&&&063,677 &&&&&&&&&&&&0400.&&&&&0400 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01036.&&&&&01,036 km²)
State map highlighting City of Suffolk
City of Virginia Beach 810 N/A 1963 Founded 1906 around existing community of Seatack. Incorporated as City in 1963 from Princess Anne County County (extinct)[6] The city's coastal location &&&&&&&&&0437994.&&&&&0437,994 &&&&&&&&&&&&0248.&&&&&0248 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0642.&&&&&0642 km²)
State map highlighting City of Virginia Beach
City of Waynesboro 820 N/A 1948  ? Anthony Wayne, Revolutionary War general &&&&&&&&&&019520.&&&&&019,520 &&&&&&&&&&&&&014.&&&&&014 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&036.&&&&&036 km²)
State map highlighting City of Waynesboro
City of Williamsburg 830 N/A 1902[4] From James City County William III of England &&&&&&&&&&014068.&&&&&014,068 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&023.&&&&&023 km²)
State map highlighting City of Williamsburg
City of Winchester 840 N/A 1902[4] From Frederick County in 1874[5] Winchester, England &&&&&&&&&&023585.&&&&&023,585 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&023.&&&&&023 km²)
State map highlighting City of Winchester

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