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. Note that the map in this article, taken from the official United States Census Bureau site, includes Clifton Forge as an independent city. This reflected the political reality at the time of the 2000 Census. However, in 2001, Clifton Forge relinquished its city charter and reincorporated as a town in Alleghany County, as in Virginia, all municipalities incorporated as towns are included within counties. For some counties, for statistical purposes, the Bureau of Economic Analysis combines any independent cities with the county that it was once part of (before the legislation creating independent cities took place in 1871).

Many county seats are politically not a part of the counties they serve; under Virginia law, all municipalities incorporated as cities are independent cities and are not part of any county. Some of the cities in the Hampton Roads area (Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, and Suffolk) were formed from an entire county. These cities are no longer county seats, since the counties ceased to exist once the cities were completely formed, but are functionally equivalent to counties.

It is also worthy of note that there are several counties and cities which have the same name, but are separate politically. These currently include Bedford, Fairfax, Franklin, Richmond, and Roanoke, and in the past included Norfolk and Alexandria, whose counties changed their names, ostensibly to end some of the confusion. Similarity in their names does not necessarily mean that the current counties and cities which share names are close geographically. Richmond County is nowhere near the City of Richmond, and Franklin County is even further from the City of Franklin.

For historical purposes, do not forget to review the breakaway counties which formed West Virginia.

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Virginia counties and independent cities





List of 95 counties in the Commonwealth of Virginia (link shown under Fips County Code are for the U.S. Census Bureau Statistics Info Page for that county):

State Abbr.FIPS State CodeState
VA51Virginia
FIPS County CodeCounty NameLocation
001Accomack County
003Albemarle County
005Alleghany County
007Amelia County
009Amherst County
011Appomattox County
013Arlington County
015Augusta County
017Bath County
019Bedford County
021Bland County
023Botetourt County
025Brunswick County
027Buchanan County
029Buckingham County
031Campbell County
033Caroline County
035Carroll County
036Charles City County
037Charlotte County
041Chesterfield County
043Clarke County
045Craig County
047Culpeper County
049Cumberland County
051Dickenson County
053Dinwiddie County
057Essex County
059Fairfax County
061Fauquier County
063Floyd County
065Fluvanna County
067Franklin County
069Frederick County
071Giles County
073Gloucester County
075Goochland County
077Grayson County
079Greene County
081Greensville County
083Halifax County
085Hanover County
087Henrico County
089Henry County
091Highland County
093Isle of Wight County
095James City County
097King and Queen County
State Abbr.FIPS State CodeState
VA51Virginia
FIPS County CodeCounty NameLocation
099King George County
101King William County
103Lancaster County
105Lee County
107Loudoun County
109Louisa County
111Lunenburg County
113Madison County
115Mathews County
117Mecklenburg County
119Middlesex County
121Montgomery County
125Nelson County
127New Kent County
131Northampton County
133Northumberland County
135Nottoway County
137Orange County
139Page County
141Patrick County
143Pittsylvania County
145Powhatan County
147Prince Edward County
149Prince George County
153Prince William County
155Pulaski County
157Rappahannock County
159Richmond County
161Roanoke County
163Rockbridge County
165Rockingham County
167Russell County
169Scott County
171Shenandoah County
173Smyth County
175Southampton County
177Spotsylvania County
179Stafford County
181Surry County
183Sussex County
185Tazewell County
187Warren County
191Washington County
193Westmoreland County
195Wise County
197Wythe County
199York County
39 INDEPENDENT CITIES: (link shown under Fips County Code are for the U.S. Census Bureau Statistics Info Page for that independent city):

State Abbr.FIPS State CodeState
VA51Virginia
FIPS County CodeCity Name
510Alexandria
515Bedford
520Bristol
530Buena Vista
540Charlottesville
550Chesapeake
570Colonial Heights
580Covington
590Danville
595Emporia
State Abbr.FIPS State CodeStateVA51VirginiaFIPS County CodeCity Name600Fairfax610Falls Church620Franklin630Fredericksburg640Galax650Hampton660Harrisonburg670Hopewell678Lexington680Lynchburg State Abbr.FIPS State CodeStateVA51VirginiaFIPS County CodeCity Name683Manassas685Manassas Park690Martinsville700Newport News710Norfolk720Norton730Petersburg735Poquoson740Portsmouth750Radford State Abbr.FIPS State CodeStateVA51VirginiaFIPS County CodeCity Name760Richmond770Roanoke775Salem790Staunton800Suffolk810Virginia Beach820Waynesboro830Williamsburg840Winchester

This is a complete list of independent cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

As of 2005, there are 39 independent cities, which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.
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This is a complete list of towns in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. An incorporated town in Virginia is the equivalent of a city in most other states, e.g. a municipality which is part of a county.
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This is a list of important population centers in the Commonwealth of Virginia that are not incorporated as independent cities or towns as of 2005.

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List of Virginia county seats:

County seats in italics are independent cities that are legally separate from their surrounding county. This situation is explained in more detail below.
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Lost counties, cities and towns of Virginia are those which formerly existed in the English Colony of Virginia, or the Commonwealth of Virginia after it became a state.
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Commonwealth of Virginia

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Capital Richmond
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Clifton Forge, Virginia

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Hampton Roads is the name of both a body of water and the region of land areas which surround it in southeastern Virginia in the USA. Hampton Roads is notable for its year-round ice-free harbor, for U.S.
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Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Chesapeake, Virginia

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Newport News, Virginia
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Hampton, Virginia
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Suffolk, Virginia

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Commonwealth of Virginia

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Nickname(s): Old Dominion, Mother of Presidents
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Official language(s) English

Capital Richmond
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Commonwealth of Virginia

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Capital Richmond
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Accomack County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 38,305. Its county seat is Accomac6.

Accomack and Northampton Counties comprise the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
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Albemarle County is a county located in the the Commonwealth of Virginia. Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau give an estimated 2005 population of 92,035. Its county seat is Charlottesville6.
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