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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.

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City of Staunton, Virginia

City of Staunton Education, Geography, and HistoryStaunton, Virginia City Hall

Staunton is an independent city in the state of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 23,746. It is the county seat of surrounding Augusta County, although the two are separate jurisdictions.

Staunton is a principal city of the Staunton-Waynesboro Metropolitan Statistical Area

Etymology - Origin of City of Staunton Name

The City of Staunton, in Augusta County, was named, according to tradition, for Rebecca Staunton, wife of Sir William Gooch, lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1727 to 1749.

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County QuickFacts: City of Staunton

Staunton City History

Staunton is an independent city within the confines of Augusta County in the commonwealth of Virginia.

In 1746, the surveyor Thomas Lewis laid out the first town plat of Staunton for landowner William Beverley. Staunton was founded in 1747, incorporated in 1871, and became an independent city on July 10, 1902. In 1908, Staunton was the first city in the world to adopt a city manager form of government, an outgrowth of the Progressive movement, which has been repeated in many locations since

Staunton, Virginia laid out. [Virginia Genealogy, Sources & Resources, by Carol McGinnis, Genealogical Publishing Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1993.]

Staunton, Virginia established as a town in 1761. [Virginia Genealogy, Sources & Resources, by Carol McGinnis, Genealogical Publishing Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1993.]

Staunton, Virginia incoporated as a town on 23 December 1801 and incorporated as a city in 1871. Laid out in 1748 as the site for the Augusta County courthouse. County seat of Augusta County, Virginia. [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 19.7 square miles (51.0 km2), all land. Staunton is located in the Shenandoah Valley in between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains of the Appalachian Mountains.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Confines of Augusta County

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