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Virginia Counties

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

Dickenson County, Virginia

Dickenson County Education, Geography, and History

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Dickenson County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 15,903.Dickenson County, formed in 1880 from parts of Buchanan County, Russell County, and Wise County, is Virginia's youngest county. It was named for William J. Dickenson, delegate to the Virginia General Assembly from Russell County, 1859–1861, 1865–1867, and 1877-1882. Its county seat is Clintwood

Etymology - Origin of Dickenson County Name

Dickenson is named for Virginia state legislator William J. Dickenson.


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Dickenson County History

Dickinson County, Virginia formed from Buchanan, Russell, and Wise Counties.

Dickenson County was named for William J. Dickenson, delegate to the General Assembly from Russell County in 1880 when Dickenson was formed from Russell, Wise and Buchanan Counties. Its area is 355 square miles, and its county seat is Clintwood

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 334 square miles (870 km2), of which 331 square miles (860 km2) is land and 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) (0.9%) is water

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Buchanan County, Virginia - northeast
  • Russell County, Virginia - southeast
  • Wise County, Virginia - southwest
  • Pike County, Kentucky - northwest


Clintwood High School, Clintwood
Haysi High School, Haysi

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