- Prince George County, Virginia
Infobox U.S. County
county = Prince George County
state = Virginia
map size = 200
founded = 1703
seat = Prince George | area_total_sq_mi =282
area percentage = 5.76%
census yr = 2000
pop = 33047
metro = 1,194,000
web = www.princegeorgeva.org
Prince George County is a county located in the
U.S. state— officially, "Commonwealth" — of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 33,047. Its county seatis Prince GeorgeGR|6. It is in Tri-Cities area of the Richmond-Petersburgregion and is a portion of the Richmond, VA MSA( Metropolitan Statistical Area).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 282 square miles (730 km²), of which, 266 square miles (688 km²) of it is land and 16 square miles (42 km²) of it (5.76%) is water.
Adjacent counties / independent cities
Petersburg, Virginia- northwest
Chesterfield County, Virginia- northwest
Hopewell, Virginia- northwest
Charles City County, Virginia- north
Surry County, Virginia- east
Sussex County, Virginia- south
Dinwiddie County, Virginia- westThe county also comes extremely close to Colonial Heights, Virginia, but does not actually border it.
James River National Wildlife Refuge
Petersburg National Battlefield Park(part)
Prince George County was formed in 1703 in the
Virginia Colonyfrom a portion of Charles City County. It was named in honor of Prince George of Denmark, husband of England's reigning monarch, Queen Anne.
In 1619, "Charles Cittie" ["sic"] was one of four "boroughs" or "incorporations" created by the
Virginia Company. The first Charles City County courthouses were located along the James River at Westover and City Point. The Virginia Company lost its charter in 1624, and Virginia became a royal colony. Charles City Shirewas formed in 1634 in the Virginia Colony by order of Charles I, King of England. It became Charles City County in 1643, and is considered one the five shires in Virginia still extant in essentially the same political entity (county) as they were originally formed in 1634.
Charles Cittie, Charles City Shire, and Charles City County all extended to both sides of the James River, which was the major transportation throughfare if the Virginia Colony throughout the 17th century. The original central city of Charles City County was Charles City Point, which was in an area south of the James River at the confluence of the
Appomattox River. The name was later shortened to City Point.
In 1703, all of the original area of Charles City County south of the James River was severed to form Prince George County and eventually, several other counties. City Point later became an
incorporated townin Prince George County, but was annexed by the independent cityof Hopewell in 1923, and is no longer in the county.
In modern times, there are no centralized cities or towns in the county. Prince George Court House, which uses the postal address Prince George, Virginia, is the focal point of government. The County Administrator answers to the elected Board of Supervisors.
The county is serviced by the
Virginia State Policeand the Prince George County Sheriff's Office (PGSO). The current sheriff is michael jackson. The PGSO is a relatively small agency with its primary mission as the enforcement arm of the county court and provides general law enforcement services. [ [http://www.princegeorgeva.org/index.aspx?page=188 Prince George County : Sheriff's Office ] ]
Towns, communities, region
There are currently no
incorporated towns within Prince George County. Unincorporated towns or communities in the county include:
*Fort Lee (a military base)
*Prince George Prince George County adjoins the independent cities of Petersburg, Hopewell, and Colonial Heights and is considered part of the Tri-Cities area of the
Richmond-Petersburg(or Greater Richmond) region. It also borders 5 other counties: Charles City (County), Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Sussex, and Surry.
Interstate Highways 95 and 295 pass through the county, as does north-south U.S. Route 301and east-west U.S. Route 460. State Route 10 runs along the northern shore of the James River near several of the James River plantationslocated in the county.
railroadservice for the county is provided by CSX Transportation, which interchanges with Norfolk Southernat Petersburg. The famous 52-mile long tangent rail line between Petersburg and Suffolk of the former Norfolk and Petersburg Railroadwas built by William Mahonein the 1850s, and now forms a vital link of the Norfolk Southern system. A Norfolk Southern Railwayautomobile transloadingfacility is located nearby. There are future plans underway for a large Intermodal freight transportrailroad-trucking transfer facility in Prince George County as well.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 33,047 people, 10,159 households, and 8,096 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 124 people per square mile (48/km²). There were 10,726 housing units at an average density of 40 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 60.93% White, 32.54% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 2.19% from other races, and 2.03% from two or more races. 4.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 10,159 households out of which 41.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.50% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.30% were non-families. 17.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the county, the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 13.60% from 18 to 24, 33.30% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 7.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 117.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $49,877, and the median income for a family was $53,750. Males had a median income of $37,363 versus $26,347 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $20,196. About 6.50% of families and 8.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.40% of those under age 18 and 8.30% of those age 65 or over.
*The small community of Disputanta is said to have been named by railroad builder (and later Confederate General)
William Mahoneand his cultured wife, Otelia Butler Mahone, originally of Smithfield, each long considered among the Tri-Cities area's more notable and colorful characters. William "Little Billy" Mahone, who became known as the hero of the Battle of the Craterin Prince George County during the American Civil War, later became a mayor of Petersburg, a U.S. Senator, and helped found Virginia State Universitynearby.
*Due to the wording of the Hopewell city charter, the portion of the
Appomattox Riveradjacent to the shoreline of that city is located in Prince George County. The modern twin Charles Hardaway Marks Bridgeson State Route 10 from Chesterfield County to Hopewell pass through a water-only portion of Prince George County, duly noted by signage.
*Nearby the current bridges, this same water-only section of the county at the Appomattox River was the site of a fatal
busaccident at an open drawbridgeon December 22, 1935which killed 13 persons. [http://www.rootsweb.com/~cannf/dailynews_1935.htm]
* [http://www.princegeorgeva.org/ Prince George County, Virginia official website]
* [http://www.yesprincegeorge.com/ Prince George County, Virginia Economic Development official website]
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