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The Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into ninety-five counties and thirty-eight independent cities, which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.

City of Hopewell, Virginia

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Hopewell is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 22,591. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Hopewell with Prince George County for statistical purposes.

Hopewell is in the Tri-Cities area of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).

Etymology - Origin of City of Hopewell Name

Hopewell, in Prince George County, was established as Charles City Point by Sir Thomas Dale in 1613. Francis Eppes, who arrived in Virginia on the ship Hopewell, patented land near Charles City Point in 1635. He named part of his property Hopewell Farm. The town was known as City Point until 1913 when E. I. DuPont de Nemmours and Company purchased Hopewell Farms and established a factory and a settlement for munitions workers there. Hopewell was never incorporated as a town but was incorporated as a city by an act of the General Assembly in 1916.


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Hopewell City History

Charles City Point (later called Hopewell) was established in 1613. [Virginia Genealogy, Sources & Resources, by Carol McGinnis, Genealogical Publishing Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1993.]

Hopewell, Virginia was incorporated as a city on 1 July 1916. Originally called Charles City Point. Established in 1613 and called City point until 1913. Located in Prince George County, Virginia. Portions of Prince George County were annexed in 1952 and 1969. Hopewell, Virginia chartered 1 July 1916 as an independent city. [County Courthouse Book, by Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1990.] [Virginia Genealogy, Sources & Resources, by Carol McGinnis, Genealogical Publishing Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1993.]

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.8 square miles (28.0 km2). 10.2 square miles (26.5 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.5 km2) is water. The total area is 5.36% water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Chesterfield County, Virginia - north
  • Prince George County, Virginia - east, south, west


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